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Selwyn Snow Resort Rebuild Update - Tuesday May 11, 2021

'ALL NEW IN 2022'
Selwyn Snow Resort Reopening Announced for Saturday June 11, 2022

 

The Blyton Group has today announced the official re-opening date for Selwyn Snow Resort will be Saturday 11th June 2022.

'All New in 2022' will see the resort transformed for its grand re-opening, with the expected completion of the significantly expanded and integrated '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.

The 2022 snow season will also see the completed full upgrade of the New Chum Chairlift and the re-opening of 100% of the resort's skiable terrain.

The relocation and expansion of the Snowsports Learning Area will also be complete, with the installation of two brand new dedicated snow carpets for guests to perfect their turns on.

The relocated and expanded Toboggan Park will also open in Winter 2022, offering the best tobogganing experience in New South Wales.

Selwyn's snowmaking capability will significantly increase, 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.

Kevin James Blyton, Chairman of the Blyton Group said he is looking forward to the reopening of the resort for 2022. "With the long term future of Selwyn secured and construction underway, we look forward to the community being able to experience the new and improved Selwyn in Winter 2022. We remain fully focused on the rebuild and are excited for the future of the resort."

Reconstruction of the electrical supply to the resort is underway, with a full restoration of the network expected in early 2022. Resort infrastructure sourced from overseas including grooming and snowmaking equipment is still on-route and is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Work continues with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment to finalise the remaining planning approvals.

Public access to the resort is not currently possible while construction works are being undertaken.

 


Selwyn Snow Resort Rebuild Update – Monday March 8, 2021

Long Term Future of Resort Secured, Significant Capital Investment Announced

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.

The 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 TechnoAlpinSelwyn 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 ElliottChief 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

 

Selwyn Snow Resort Rebuild Update – Tuesday December 29, 2020

Selwyn Snow Resort are pleased to announce that TechnoAlpin have been selected for the design and supply of the resort's snowmaking system.

The existing snowmaking system was extensively damaged in the January 2020 bushfires, which saw most of the resort's infrastructure destroyed.

An exclusive contract for snowmaking fan guns, pumps, pipes, electrical cabling and control systems was recently signed with TechnoAlpin, who are the global leaders in providing state of the art snowmaking solutions.

The first components of the Selwyn system have already been shipped from their Italian headquarters and are due to arrive in the coming weeks.


Selwyn Snow Resort Update - Friday November 27, 2020

Rebuild of Selwyn Snow Resort underway with upgrade of New Chum Chair

The work to rebuild Selwyn Snow Resort is underway with the announcement that Selwyn has signed a contract with Doppelmayr Australia Pty Ltd for the upgrade of the New Chum Double Chair.
The New Chum Chairlift was extensively damaged in the January bushfires which saw most of the resort's facilities destroyed.
Selwyn's General Manager Angela Murdoch said, "New Chum is one of the signature lifts for Selwyn Snow Resort and thousands of skiers and boarders have taken their first turns using this lift. These upgrades will see New Chum continue to be a key feature of the resort for years to come."
The proposed works to the New Chum Chair include a full conversion of all existing operating components to Doppelmayr, replacement chairs, upgraded towers, a new Variable Speed Drive to control the lift speed to assist guests, as well as the expansion and upgrade of the load and unload platforms.
This is a great step forward in our rebuild plans as we are fully committed to being back as soon as possible.

Selwyn Snow Resort Update – Thursday 6th February 2020

Selwyn Snow Resort focused on rebuild, but will not open for Winter 2020

The Blyton Group, owner of Selwyn Snow Resort in NSW, has today announced that due to the extent of the damage sustained in the bushfires earlier this year, Selwyn Snow Resort will not be open for the 2020 snow season.

An initial assessment of critical resort infrastructure has identified extensive damage to buildings, power, water, sewerage and snowmaking.  Selwyn Snow Resort has been advised that restoration of power alone will take several months, due to the damage of several kilometres of power poles leading to the resort.

Preparations for the clean-up of the site are underway with demolition of all buildings required, as well as the removal of destroyed resort machinery such as groomers, skidoos and snow clearers.  Detailed assessment of lifting and snowmaking infrastructure will continue to be undertaken, requiring portable generators to be brought on-site. 

Kevin James Blyton, Chairman of the Blyton Group said, ‘We are incredibly saddened by the impact this fire has had, not only on our resort but on the wider local community as well.  We have considered a range of options to try and resume operations for this coming winter, however the damage to critical infrastructure is simply too extensive to make this possible. We recognise the impact these fires have had on local operators, not only for this summer period, but for the peak winter season ahead.  We are actively discussing this situation with government at all levels to try and ensure that support is made available for these communities.  But have no doubt, my team and I are totally focused on the rebuild of Selwyn Snow Resort and we look forward to welcoming guests back to an even better Selwyn.’

Discussions are ongoing with the New South Wales Government regarding the rebuild process, including engagement with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Selwyn Snow Resort 2020 Season Pass holders will be offered the ability to transfer their Season Pass to the Blyton Group’s other snow resort Charlotte Pass Snow Resort at no additional cost, or alternatively receive a full refund of any payments made to date.

Seasonal Employees who had been offered the opportunity to return to Selwyn Snow Resort for the upcoming season, will be offered the opportunity to instead work at Charlotte Pass Snow Resort for Winter 2020.


Selwyn Snow Resort Update - Monday 6th January 2020
We can advise that NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service staff were able to access the resort yesterday.
While we do not yet know the status of lifting and snowmaking infrastructure, we can confirm that the resort buildings have been severely damanged by the fire.
The below photos were taken Sunday 5th January.
The Blyton Group is committed to Selwyn Snow Resort and our focus now is on rebuilding an even better Selwyn. We look forward to working with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment and other relevant agencies in this process.
We will update you with further information as it comes to hand.


Selwyn Snow Resort Update - Sunday 5th January 2020

Selwyn Snow Resort has suffered extensive damage as a result of the recent fires. We are working closely with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and relevant agencies to arrange access to the resort, so we can fully assess the damage that has occurred.

The safety of our staff is our highest priority, with all staff safely evacuated before the fire reached Selwyn Snow Resort.

While we know the Selwyn community will be saddened by this news, it is important to remember that the fire situation is still active in the wider region.

We will update you with further information about the resort in the coming days.

 

 

 

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