Plans go ahead for a $ 300million covered winter sports center in Penrith

Plans for a year-round indoor winter sports experience in western Sydney moved forward after the Penrith Council approved last night (May 24, 2021) the planning proposal for the construction of the new facility.

First revealed in 2018, the $ 300 million Winter Sports World will feature a 300-meter-long artificial indoor ski slope, an Olympic ice rink and a hotel with more than 170 rooms.

Winter Sports World site owner and developer Peter Magnisalis said he was excited to be working with the NSW Council and Planning Department to finalize plans for the first indoor ski resort and alpine winter attraction in ‘Australia.

The development proposal was supported in principle by Councilors, who voted in favor of Councilor John Thain’s motion for six amendments to the plan.

Magnisalis congratulated Penrith Council for supporting one of the greatest tourism developments in the history of the region, commenting: “Penrith has presented itself as the ‘capital of adventure’ (so) it’s great to see that the Council has embraced this adventure.

“Not only will it be a major new tourist attraction for Western Sydney – right on the doorstep of a new international airport – (but) it will be Australia’s first indoor ski resort and alpine winter attraction.”

Magnisalis aims to have the center attract international elite athletes on snow and ice and provide a training venue for nine Olympic sports (alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, curling with the possibility of cross-country and biathlon).

Aiming to attract 250,000 visitors per year, Magnisalis also wants development to be accessible and affordable for all.

Referring to research that found Australia has around 1 million regular skiers, Magnisalis suggests 4.5 million more people don’t ski because they can’t access the snow, explaining “it’s too hard for them to go or too expensive, so they weren’t introduced to it.

“I want people who have never skied to come here to learn. I want schools and community groups to come here.

“We’ll have perfect snow under perfect skies all year round, and Winter Sports World will be the coolest place to hang out on those scorching forty-degree summer days in Penrith.”

Key features of Winter Sports World will include a 300-meter indoor alpine ski slope; an 80-meter slope for dedicated learning; Winter Wonderland snow playground offering fun activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities; an ice rink; ice climbing and rock climbing areas; and fitness facilities, including a gymnasium and altitude training.

Currently a 2.35 hectare horse paddock located in the Riverlink tourist area on the banks of the Nepean River, Magnisalis began developing the idea for Winter Sports World seven years ago and undertook extensive research with the architect Tone Wheeler, including visiting several snow centers around the world before finalizing. plans.

The carbon neutral design of the development by renowned eco-friendly architecture firm Environa Studio would set new environmental building benchmarks with features such as the most advanced technology to capture and reuse free heat, the solar system of roof for electrical power requirements, insulation systems, non-toxic cooling and water harvesting from the roof for snowmaking.

Hopefully construction will begin next year subject to planning approvals, with Winter Sports World slated to open in winter 2024.

Images: Concepts for the world of winter sports. The bottom image shows Winter Sports World owner and developer Peter Magnisalis with a model of the facility.

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