Despite the fact that most of us spend the whole year wearing nothing but cut-off shorts, singlets and, should the weather dip, the odd beanie and pair of Ugg Boots, the allure of spending time in the snow is strong. For a nation that prides itself on the kind of beaches that are so well known, international audiences know about them from TV shows like Bondi Rescue, trading it all for weeks at the snow is becoming an increasingly popular pastime. But while the Snowy Mountains and Thredbo serve as the main hot-spot for all your snow-related activities, it appears those in Sydney will soon come to be spared the exhausting drive. Now, Western Sydney will be home to Australia’s first indoor snow and ski resort.
Appropriately named ‘Winter Sports World’, the $300 million venue will become the new destination for all things snow-related. You can expect a 300-metre ski run for advanced skiers, an 120-room luxury 4.5 star hotel, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, ice climbing, snow play, and all the restaurants and cafes you would want serving up some beers and, more importantly, that hot chocolate you need to embrace the ski lifestyle.
Expected to open beside the Nepean River in Penrith in the winter of 2024, renders released on the resort’s social media depict a winter wonderland, and we can’t help but envision ourselves there in the future. According to the development’s website, Winter Sports World hopes to be a space where people with any experience on the slopes can visit for snow time, whether that be first-time skiers looking to learn the techniques required to master skiing or snowboarding, or Winter Olympians looking to train for sports like alpine skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, snowboarding and curling.
The images are remarkable in that the architecture is not only stunning, but appears somewhat futuristic from the outside with this winter palace enclosed behind a sculptural facade, that sits in a lush, green site. But while there might not be snow on the outside, inside the ski resort will have ‘year round perfect snow’. We aren’t quite sure how that works but hey, let’s leave that part to the experts.
It might be some time before we get to hit the slopes at Winter Sports World, but this ski resort looks set to be the new destination for all your snow activities. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information unfolds.