BRANSON, Mo. – Visitors in Branson may soon be able to enjoy some winter fun without worrying about the threat of ice and snow.
A new attraction, which hasn’t be named yet, will allow visitors to sled down one of the hills in Taney County regardless of the season.
The new attraction will be located at the Branson Zipline, north of town on Highway 65, and will utilize a synthetic surface known as “snowflex.”
"It’s a specially engineered synthetic turf that’s designed to be able to hold snowboards, skiers, and tubers,” says Trey Pelz, president of Clear Marketing.
“It's actually what the U.S. Olympic snow team practices on during the summer," he says.
Pelz says while the hill may not be covered in snow, the special turf does have the feel and speed because it is constantly being sprayed down with water.
"They can get up to eight at a time on there,” he says, “so we're going to be able to move quite a few people through."
The 300-foot slide is slated to be the largest of its kind in the country. It will set behind two of the zip line towers on the north end of the property and should be visible from Highway 65.
"I think for a family or for somebody looking to come to the community, it may be just that added incentive or driving force that makes them come and enjoy some time here," says Jonas Arjes, executive director of the Taney County Partnership.
Arjes believes the new attraction, while not technically in the Branson city limits, will help add to the town’s momentum.
"Early indicators show that we're going to have another positive year,” he says. “We're looking forward to Bigfoot opening, looking forward to the Jet Boats, down on Taneycomo, opening."
Like Bigfoot and the Jet Boats, Branson Zipline is a company that has had success in the Branson area and it now looking to reinvest.
“When [the owners] were looking around they wanted to bring something new and exciting not only to Branson Zipline but also to the Ozark region."
Construction the new synthetic snow hill is expected to start in the next two weeks and should be ready for riders sometime this summer.
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