A group of amusement-park designers and developers plans to bring year-round skiing and snowboarding to the Texas prairie. The $375 million Coolzone Winterplex park could break ground this summer between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Dallas, said Steve Baker, owner and president of Orlando, Fla.-based Baker Leisure Group. The park would take about 18 months to build, he said. Skiers and snowboarders would use an artificial surface similar to a "soft, long carpet," Baker said. The surface replicates the properties of snow but does not need to be kept cold.
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