Long Term Future of Resort Secured, Significant Capital Investment Announced

Feb 1, 2021 | Rebuild updates

Following the NSW Government’s announcement that an agreement has been reached on a new 40 Year Lease for Selwyn Snow Resort, the Blyton Group are pleased to release the details of a significant Capital Investment program that will be undertaken in connection with the rebuild of Selwyn Snow Resort.

An Agreement for Lease has been signed with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, which has enabled Selwyn to now commence construction on what will be a significantly enhanced and reinvigorated resort.

This unprecedented investment at Selwyn Snow Resort will see the rebuilt resort transformed with brand new guest facilities, expanded state-of-the-art snowmaking, upgraded lifts and a range of exciting new products for sightseers and snow players.

A new vision for the future of Selwyn Snow Resort will deliver on key objectives for tourism, product development and economic growth, by providing new quality recreational activities, facilities and experiences that our guests will love for generations to come.

This transformation will see the reconfiguration of Selwyn’s Visitor infrastructure, with the significant expansion of the ‘Selwyn Centre’ that will house all guest facilities and services in the one building. The new Selwyn Centre will house an expanded Ski & Snowboard Hire, enhanced food and drink offerings and improved toilet amenities.

he resort will feature unparalleled snow play experiences with dedicated facilities and services to support them, including the construction of Australia’s Premier Toboggan Park featuring a dedicated 150 metre snow carpet for guests to use. The creation of a brand-new ‘Winter Wonderland’, the first of its kind in Australia, will see the introduction of a range of exciting new snow play products in the coming years including a tubing carousel, skating rink with bumper cars, kids snowmobiles and a miniature enchanted village.

Selwyn’s snowmaking capability will more than double, with the installation of state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment provided by TechnoAlpin. Selwyn Snow Resort will be the first snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere to install the brand new TT10 snow machines, which thanks to their next generation technology will enable snowmaking at temperatures more than two degrees warmer than the previous system.

Selwyn is currently undertaking a full upgrade New Chum Chairlift. In addition, Township Triple Chair will also be extended in the coming years to replace Powerline Poma. The Snowsports Learning Area is also being relocated and expanded, with the installation of two brand new dedicated snow carpets for guests to perfect their turns on.

Kevin James Blyton, Chairman of the Blyton Group said the today’s announcement is a major step in the rebuild of the resort.

In the aftermath of the fires, we committed to building a bigger and better Selwyn and we meant it. I’m very pleased that the long-term future of Selwyn Snow Resort has been secured. Selwyn Snow Resort has been the place for thousands of families to learn to ski or snowboard over the years and I’m very pleased that this will continue for generations to come.

The commitment we are making today is a significant financial investment, over and above any insurance proceeds. It is a sign of my group’s commitment to the long-term future of the resort.”

The rebuild on-site has now commenced following planning approval granted by the NSW Department of Planning in mid-February 2021 for the construction of the Visitors Centre, as well as a range of other lifting, snow play and snowmaking infrastructure works.

Josh Elliott, Chief Operating Officer of the Blyton Group said that the rebuilt resort will be worth the wait. “We believe the new Selwyn will deliver exciting, innovative and targeted new product offerings not currently on offer anywhere else in NSW.

We are fully focused on the rebuild and are excited for the future of the resort. An announcement will be made in the coming months regarding the reopening timeframe for the resort”.

The enhanced Selwyn Snow Resort will deliver the following new features and initiatives over the coming years:

Construction of Brand-New expanded Visitors Centre

  • Re-configuration of what was previously two facilities into one enlarged Guest facility
  • Improvement of Ticketing, Equipment Hire, Locker & Café facilities
  • Contemporary ‘L Shaped’ Design, but in keeping with the landscape and terrain
  • All facilities on a Single Level for guests, to improve accessibility
  • Expanded Kids Club and Additional Seating for Guests

Construction of new Resort Operations Centre

  • Significantly increased Footprint
  • Indoor Storage for Groomers, Skidoos and Machinery
  • Consolidation of All Mountain Operations Staff into the one facility
  • Inclusion of new Ski Patrol facility, to facilitate ease of access from snow and onto road (improving access for Ambulance and Emergency Services)

Relocated Staff Accommodation

  • Relocation of staff accommodation away from guest facilities
  • Colourbond Exterior, Double Glazed Windows and Double Insulation to improve the Energy Efficiency of the new accommodation

Snowmaking Infrastructure Improvements

  • Expansion of resort’s water storage capacity, more than doubling the storage capacity of the “Race Course Quarry”
  • Replacement of water supply line from Three Mile Dam, significantly increasing the refilling capacity for the “Race Course Quarry
  • Installation of state-of-the-art TT10 Fan Guns, the first resort in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Upgrade and replacement of resort-wide snowmaking infrastructure, including high pressure pump facilities

Upgrade of Lifting Infrastructure

  • Full upgrade of New Chum Double Chair
  • Expansion of Township Triple Chair (replacing Powerline Poma), significantly increasing lifting capacity and extending the operating season of Long Arm and Kangaroo Ridge ski runs
  • Installation of two Sunkid conveyor carpets into relocated and expanded Snowsports Learning Area

New Website, Ticketing and Access System

  • Brand New Website currently under development
  • New Online Store to be introduced, enabling pre-purchase of all resort products online
  • Installation of RFID electronic gate access system across resort

Australia’s Premier Toboggan Park

  • Relocation and expansion of toboggan park, creating Australia’s Premier Toboggan Park
  • Installation of 150 metre SunKid conveyor carpet, the only toboggan park in NSW to feature a dedicated carpet for guests to use
  • Installation of dedicated snowmaking
  • Creation of a platform for guests at the top of the toboggan slope

Creation of a ‘Winter Wonderland’

  • Creation of an outdoor ‘Winter Wonderland’, the first of its kind in Australia featuring:
  • Tubing Carousel – Utilisng both snow & a synthetic surface, the Tubing Carousel gives children under 5 the ability to experience a thrill in a safe and controlled environment
  • Skating Rink – Utilising Synthetic ice panels, the Selwyn Skating Rink will be an activity that can be undertaken regardless of snow conditions. Enjoy a skating experience in a unique Alpine environment
  • Bumper Cars – Utilising the Selwyn Skating Rink, enjoy the thrill of bumper cars in an alpine environment
  • Kids Snowmobiles – An opportunity for kids 5-13 years old to experience the thrill of a snowmobile ride in a fully supervised and controlled environment
  • Snowshoe Walking Tours – A snowshoe tour to show guests the stunning scenery of Kosciuszko National Park, perfect for those who haven’t quite found their snow legs yet
  • Miniature Enchanted Village – Tailored for the young (and young at heart), wander through our enchanted alpine village. Look into the houses and you’ll never know what (or who) you’ll find!

Updated Snow Grooming Fleet

  • Purchase of two Kassbohrer PistenBully 400 grooming machines, to facilitate the grooming of skiing and snowplay areas.

Relocation and Expansion of Snowsports Learning Area

  • Relocation of Snowsports Learning area to previous toboggan park, providing significant expansion in terrain for skiers and boarders to perfect their turns
  • Installation of two SunKid conveyor carpets into relocated and expanded Snowsports Learning Area
  • Installation of dedicated snowmaking

Environmental Sustainability

  • Ensuring all new resort facilities meet or exceed all environmental objectives and do not denigrate the integrity of the National Park and its unique alpine values
  • Considering the development and use of renewable energy options to power key resort assets
  • Reducing the resorts environmental footprint by developing and promoting sustainable practices and programs

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