Selwyn Snow Resort to remain closed for 2020 ski season

Photo: Selwyn Snow Resort

Selwyn Snow Resort today announced plans for 2020 recovery after the infrastructure of the resort was tragically lost in the bushfires  in January this year.

An initial assessment of critical resort infrastructure identified extensive damage to buildings, power, water, sewerage and snowmaking.  Now the 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. 

“We are incredibly saddened by the impact this fire has had, not only on our resort but on the wider local community as well” said Kevin James Blyton, Chairman of the Blyton Group who own the resort.

“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.”

Video: Selwyn Snow Resort and Cabramurra bushfire damage

 

The Blyton Group have announced they are “totally focused on the rebuild” and recognise the impact upon local operators who rely on the peak winter season.

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.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.