But it might be time to upgrade: a local consortium is pitchingÂ a massive winter-themed indoor complex in SunriseÂ that would offer ski slopes, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, and even snowmobiling, theÂ South Florida Sun SentinelÂ reports. Named Pelion Sunrise, the 31-degree 'mountain' would boast ski trails at least 2,700 feet long and come complete with lifts and moguls.
According to the website of Pelion Sunrise's transportation consultant,Â developers also plan to include "the largest indoor skate park in the U.S., high performance electric go-carts, laser tag, paintball, and more."
"I don't even know if this thing is for real or not," Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu told theÂ Sun Sentinel. "I'm not even paying attention to this until I know it's a viable project."
Hey, at least it doesn't look likeÂ it could tip right over! Investor Norman Canter is again behind aÂ chilly "immersive theme park"Â project after hisÂ plans to build the similar "Solar Mountain" complexÂ at Miami's Biscayne Landing site were shelved in 2010. The company has not sought tax money, according to theÂ Sun Sentinel, but may qualify for job creation or economic impact incentives for the property between Sawgrass Mills Mall and the former BankAtlantic Center.
What's it like skiing indoors? HuffPost bloggerÂ Patrick McGinnis hit the famous indoor slopes in Dubai last yearÂ and described the experience like this:
Skiing indoors is a novel experience. There is no wind and the snow has the consistency of a Mister Misty. While Mister Misty has always been one of my favorite non-brazier treats at the Dairy Queen (only second to the Peanut Buster Parfait), it's not a great surface for winter sports. I soon realized that the 5-minute ride on the lift yielded just 4 minutes of actual skiing (I timed it), and even less if you rock some Bode Miller moves.
While all of these factors were disappointing, the true indignity came when I noticed that there was a huge TGI Friday's overlooking the slopes. It was replete with large windows allowing diners to overlook the slope during dinner. Call me a purist, but when I ski, I prefer mountain vistas to the sight of a British tourist eating an order of Zen Chicken Pot Stickers.
Ouch. Don't worry, though: we're sure our indoor mountain will have a Flanigan's instead.