New Pasco snow park shut down by county

Pasco County inspectors authorized the shutdown of Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park in Dade City because of multiple safety and permitting concerns. This is one of nearly 50 images the county provided to exemplify the issues that need addressed.

DADE CITY – One of Pasco County’s newest and most unique attractions is facing some issues shortly after opening its doors to customers.

Pasco County inspectors shut down Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park, 27839 St. Joe Road, in Dade City, and the action was announced on Thursday, Dec. 10.

“During several recent site visits, Fire Rescue and Building Construction Services discovered fire, building, electrical and plumbing violations that pose a significant threat to public health and safety,” the statement reads.

The county became aware of potential issues at Snowcat Ridge on Nov. 25. The press release states that the artificial winter wonderland “was operating in unsafe structures, without required permits, inspections or a certificate of

occupancy. Although several permits have been pulled for the project since July, only one permit has been closed to date. The park has not requested any inspections for the other outstanding permits.”

The closure is expected to be temporary but will last until all life and safety violations are corrected.

With the press release, the county included a link to a photo gallery depicting safety concerns and violations. The photos included the park’s entryway, which is a series of stacked shipping containers. Other images focused on electrical, plumbing and exhaust concerns.

Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 20. The park is a first in Florida and offers patrons an artificial winter environment. Its most distinguishable feature is its 60-foot tall, 400-foot long snow tubing hill.