A Winter Sports World With An Indoor Ski Slope Looks Promising For Sydney

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By: Melissa Fine, ellaslist
Dec 10, 2018 

You better ski-lieve it! Australian families might have the chance to ski and snowboard locally, all year round, if the proposal for Australia-first indoor Winter Sports World is approved. 

Worth $200 million, if the winter wonderland precinct gets the go-ahead, it will be set to land in Penrith in approximately three years - replacing a horse paddock beside Nepean Shores. 

A 300-metre indoor ski slope is the major drawcard - six times greater than Penrith City Council's zoning height limit. Put forward in June, the proposal will require approval by the council and NSW government. 

An ice skating rink, designated snow play, ice climbing and rock climbing areas, and an 80-metre ski slope for beginners are some of the other proposed features for the carbon neutral design - created by renowned eco-friendly architecture practice Environa Studio. 

A hotel featuring 170 rooms is also set to be part of the 2.35 hectare complex, along with a dining and bar precinct. 

What Winter Sports World may look like. Source: Winter Sports World 

The community development is the brainchild of Penrith developer Peter Magnisalis. 

With altitude training on offer, the state of the art facilities would also become "one of the top 10 high performance training centres in the world," he said. 

“If approved, the centre has the potential to significantly contribute to Penrith’s goal of creating 2,000 new jobs in the tourism sector by 2031 and doubling the number of visitors to the city by 2025, and in strengthening its ‘adventure capital’ offering," Magnisalis told the Blue Mountains Gazette. 

Stay tuned, and head to the Winter Sports World website for updates. 

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