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 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
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
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 - 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.