Ski Resort Planned for Florida

Extreme sports complex would cost $309 million

Feb 17, 2015
Outside Magazine

A conceptual drawing of the Xero Gravity sports complex.    Xero Gravity Resorts

Florida-based company Xero Gravity Action Sports has announced that it intends to build a mega-resort dedicated to extreme sports in Central Florida’s Osceola County, according to a February press release.

Pending approval by Osceola County officials, the resort would open by 2018. It would include a 250-room Hyatt-branded hotel with a rooftop pool and bar, a 25,000-square-foot skateboard park, a USA-BMX-sanctioned racetrack, two skydiving pods, a rapid river, a 140-foot rock climbing wall, and, perhaps most remarkable, a 14-story ski and snowboard mountain* with nine snow tubing lanes and a snowball fight arena. The resort plans to use an artificial surface called Snowflex, which is misted with water to allow for skiing and snowboarding.

Xero Gravity Action Sports founder and CEO Larry Walshaw says his new venture will represent a new, exciting approach to the world of extreme sports.

“We are developing a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment resort which provides unique hands-on experiences,” Walshaw said in the press release. “We will be hosting televised pro and amateur competitions … with sports shows and clinics, and we will have daily competitions at all venues for visitors who like to compete.”

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the ski slope would be indoors.

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