Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Ski Resort in the Dallas Area? YES!!

Ski Resort in the Dallas Area? YES!!

There is going to be a ski resort built in Ft. Worth, TX, just west of Dallas.  This resort is going to be a Bearfire Resort.  Bearfire has several other resorts across the country, but when they're done with this one, it's going to be the largest one built yet.

Now, you're probably thinking, It doesn't snow very much in DFW, muchless does it keep a consistently cold temperature during the winter months.  Well, these factors won't be of any concern.  The "snow" is going to be some kind of carpet called Snowflex that allows for a smooth skiing experience.

I've been been skiing before, so I won't be able to judge the difference, but I'm very excited for the opportunity to learn! Along with the slopes, there will be a 600 room hotel and convention center!

An artist's rendering shows a ski lodge that would be part of the Bearfire Resort project proposed for Fort Worth by Bearfire Group. (courtesy of the Star Telegram)

They are excepting around 2.4 million visitors annually.  At first I thought that was a large number.  But then I remembered that Dallas and the surrounding suburbs have over 5 million people already, so that's not saying too much about bringing outside tourism to the area.

Overall, the project is supposed to be just shy of $700 million and I can't wait to buy some ski clothes!!

Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • April 23 2007 04:01PM


They talked about building something like this in Kansas City, too.  I think the idea got scrapped.  Dallas being a bigger city overall would probably fair better on something like this.  Have fun!
Posted by Chris Lengquist, Kansas City Real Estate Investing (Ad Astra Realty) almost 12 years ago
I wonder if they make ski shorts???
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) almost 12 years ago

Skiing in Dallas??  Reminds me of the indoor ski resort I saw on TV that was built in the Middle East.  It makes snow and is kept cold.  Talk about an high air conditioning bill!!  Sounds like this one in Dallas will use some kind of artificial snow substitute.



Posted by Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina (None) almost 12 years ago
Well if I ever end up in the great state of TX I will have to see what skiing on carpet feels like.
Posted by Daniel Gates (Insure Consulting) almost 12 years ago

Chris T, I don't think shorts will be necessary as they plan on blowing cool air throughout.  They did say that in the heat of the summer, it would only cool the place down 20 degrees though.

Chris L, Kansas City might not be that big by itself, but it borders on two states.  I'm surprised that didn't see the potential.

Rita, Yes, they are taking the idea from the one in the Middle east, I can't think of the name of the place, except they're not using artificial snow here.

Daniel, Be careful about rug burns!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

behind every crazy idea is a genius(or a fool if it fails)



Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 12 years ago

My Dear Ms Harris,

Regarding the headline of your posting... Ski Resort In The Dallas Area? YES!!

Since WHEN is Fort Worth... "in the Dallas area?"

Fort Worth is in the FORT WORTH area.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 11 years ago
Karen, as you should know, since you live in the area, the Metroplex is called "DFW".  This stands for Dallas-Ft Worth.  This means, Ft Worth is in the Dallas Metroplex area.  It's less than an hour away.  Why do people say they're "from Dallas" when they live in McKinney?  Why do people say they're "from Dallas" when they live in Keller?  It's the same thing as Dallas is the "known" place that people recognize.  So, yes, Ft Worth is in the Dallas area.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago
Yes, the Dallas area!
Posted by Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor (Castle Connections Realty) over 11 years ago
I find this very interesting.  I have seen the one in Dubai on the internet and would like to run up from Houston to take a look.  (My son has never seen snow, I wonder if the snow carpet will suffice?)
Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) over 11 years ago
Wow, wouldn't have guessed it.  I guess it does get kind of cold up there every so often, but I wouldn't have expected moguls and black diamonds!
Posted by Kaushik Sirkar (Call Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Donna and Linda too:  What I was trying to say, and I was trying to do it in a polite way, was that many people who live west of DFW Airport would rather not be told they live in the "Dallas" area.  Dallas and Fort Worth are quite different.  One obvious difference would be to look at downtown Dallas, and downtown Fort Worth.  Downtown Fort Worth: People of all ages, older couples and singles, young marrieds with their children... walking leisurely along tree-lined streets.  The Fort Worth police in downtown Fort Worth are on bicycles, usually wearing shorts.  Downtown Fort Worth truly has such a friendly, family atmosphere.

Yes, McKinney IS in the Dallas area, and is a lovely town, but a place like "Keller" borders on Fort Worth, and is perhaps thirty miles from "Dallas."

For all of us in Tarrant County who love living in the "Fort Worth area...," Fort Worth is IN the Fort Worth area.

The preceding was written in a friendly and proud, if somewhat tongue-in-cheek tone.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 11 years ago