Australia Will Soon Know The Joys Of Indoor Skiing

While very popular in parts of the world, indoor skiing has yet to become a worldwide phenomenon. We here in the U.S. have gotten our first taste of indoor skiing and snowboarding, but there are still other countries that don't have their own yet. Australia is one of those countries. 

However, Australia could be getting their very own indoor facility when Winter Sports World opens up in Penrith.

"Winter Sports World is a world-class $300 million indoor snow resort development planned for Western Sydney, something that Australia hasn’t seen before. A game-changing catalytic confidence booster for tourism and winter sports, helping put Western Sydney on the map as the Adventure Capital." - Winter Sports World Website

With a targeted construction start time of 2021, pending planning approvals, the new facility would likely be ready to open in 2023. 

The new facility is looking to be a snow and action sports and entertainment hub, with a planned 300-meter (985-foot) advanced ski slope with a dedicated learning area. Beyond that, the facility will have a snow play area, an Olympic regulation ice rink, ice climbing, as well as a hotel, conference facilities, restaurant, and cafes.

"Winter Sports World will cater for a wide market, i.e. from the first-time snow experience, learn to ski, corporate team bonding, schools, tourists, through to recreational skiing and advanced training. It will also be a training facility for our Winter Olympians in alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboard, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, curling with the possibility of also catering for cross country and biathlon". - Winter Sports World Website

A mock-up of the inside of Winter Sports World
Though the news of an indoor ski facility might excite the locals due to the idea of being able to ski during the Northern Hemisphere's winter without having to actually travel that far, Winter Sports World is also looking to excite the locals from a financial standpoint, as well. The new facility is projected to produce approximately 900 new employment opportunities, close to 250,000 tourist visits, and $80 million a year for Western Sydney.

Photo Credits: Winter Sports World/FB


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