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

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You better ski-lieve it! Australian families might soon be able to ski and snowboard locally, all year round, at a new $300 million indoor snow resort in Sydney's west. The world-class Winter Sports World would be the first of it's kind in Australia and a game-changing training facility, entertainment hub and tourist attraction.

A major drawcard of the proposed winter wonderland is a 300-metre indoor ski slope, plus an Olympic standard ice rink auditorium, designated snow play zone, ice climbing and rock climbing areas, and an 80-metre ski slope for beginners.

The carbon neutral design, created by renowned eco-friendly architecture practice Environa Studio, will also feature a 170-room hotel along with a dining and bar precinct.

Designed to appeal to a broad market from kids having their first snow experience through to training Winter Olympians, the community development is part of the Penrith City Council's increase tourism visitors and dollar in the area.

Penrith developer Peter Magnisalis, the brainchild behind the ambitious project, claims the state of the art facilities would become "one of the top 10 high performance training centres in the world".

“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.

Still subject to planning approvals, a 2.35 hectare horse paddock beside Nepean Shores in Penrith is the proposed site for Winter Sports World, within close proximity to amenities, infrastructure and the new Nancy Bird Watson Airport. Winter Sports World is expected to generate 900 new ongoing jobs, 250,000 tourist visits and of $80 million per annum each year to Western Sydney.

If the precinct gets the go-ahead, construction is planned to commence in 2021 with a view to open in 2023.

Stay tuned and visit Winter Sports World for updates.

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