Authorities shut down Florida’s first snow park for health and safety violations


Dade City, Floride – Less than a month after opening, Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park closed after a Pasco County inspector discovered fire, construction, electrical and plumbing violations. The theme park in Dade City announced the closure on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park (WKMG-TV)

In an email sent Thursday evening, the Pasco County government said on Nov. 25 that it had learned that Snowcat Ridge was operating in unsafe structures, with no permits, inspections or certificate of occupancy required. “Although several permits have been withdrawn for the project since July, only one permit has been closed to date. The park has not requested any inspections for the other pending permits, ”government officials said.

Photos released by the Pasco County Inspection Office show exposed electrical boxes, unauthorized plumbing and structural issues with the attraction’s main entrance, which includes stacked shipping containers.

Snowcat Ridge officials said they had not received any documentation or written explanation for the violations. “Additionally, Pasco County has not recognized our Florida state ride approvals and will not allow us to open Snowy Slopes,” the Facebook comment continued.

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Snowcat Ridge said on social media that a legal team is working to keep it open, but government officials said the park will remain closed until all human safety violations are addressed.

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