Indoor winter resort backed by Olympic skier Bode Miller targets Dallas and Austin

A company backed by Olympic ski racer Bode Miller is considering Dallas and Austin as locations for indoor ski resorts.

Alpine-X Indoor Snowsports Resorts, headquartered in Virginia, said it wants to develop two new family-centric winter sports facilities in Texas and would like to open a location in Texas in early 2026.

The company said it signed a joint venture letter of intent with a development partner, although it did not identify its co-developer. The joint venture would operate the resorts under long-term management and license agreements.

Several sites in Dallas and Austin are being evaluated, said Alpine-X CEO John Emery.

Miller, an Olympic gold medalist and the most successful American alpine ski racer of all time, is the company’s chief innovation officer and focuses on competitive training. During its offseason, Emery said, the company’s snow domes would be used to train aspiring Olympians.

“The more extreme parts of our resort are actually designed to be able to train Olympic-level athletes year-round, and that’s what Bode is focused on,” Emery said.

The first Alpine-X site is expected to open in Lorton, Virginia in early 2025. The $225 million project would serve as a flagship location for nationwide rollout with up to 20 sites across North America.

In a proposal submitted to Virginia authorities in December 2018, Alpine-X said its 450,000 square foot facility would have a 1,700 foot long ski slope reaching a height of 280 feet. This site is a former county dump.

Alpine-X’s plans would also include a luxury hotel, gravity-fed roller coaster, zip lines and food and drink outlets.

“We purposely go to where really the whole community can have this great resort experience,” Emery said.

Each station would be designed with an indoor snow zone, with areas for skiing and snowboarding, teaching and snow games. The stations will also have a hotel, an indoor adventure zone and other amenities.

Emery said the stations would each employ about 600 people year-round.

In September, Alpine-X began seeking investors with a securities offering to raise up to $5 million. This offer has since been extended until March 31.

This isn’t the first time a developer has considered an indoor ski resort in Dallas-Fort Worth.

In 2014, The Grand Alps Group approached Grand Prairie with a plan for a $215 million indoor ski resort and Hard Rock Hotel. The plan was scrapped a few months later.

Around the same time, another developer was pushing a plan for a $3.5 billion, 5,000-acre theme park and “shining wonderland of hope” in Fort Worth that would have included a snow-capped mountain. . This project never materialized.

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