A major indoor snow centre planned near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales will enter its Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) period next month with the planning application to be submitted once that is completed, the team behind the complex has announced.
They say that the all year round indoor resort at Rhydycar West will include one of Europe’s longest indoor snow slopes, already cited as a potential base for Team GB snowsports, Snow Sport Wales, and also a UK “Centre of Excellence” for Snow Sports.
The resort will also feature luxury and value hotels and woodland lodges. Located only one mile from the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Rhydycar West team conceptualised the resort as the base camp for visitors to explore the whole Valleys region, marketing it as “where the great outdoors meets the great indoors.”
The plans for the facility were first announced in 2017 at which point a budget of £450m was announced and a 500 metre long indoor snow slope – which would be among the ten longest indoor snow slopes in the world today.
“We are pleased to have arrived at this point following many years of hard work, investment, careful planning and consideration. We strongly believe this development will be of national significance for Wales and enhance Wales’ and the Valleys Region’s position as an epicentre for adventure tourism,” said Richard Arnold, head of operations for Rhydycar West.
During the 28 day PAC period, the Rhydycar West team will be organising online and digital exhibition events to present the proposals to the community and take on board questions and feedback. In addition, plans, supporting information and the ability to have your say on the proposals will be available on the Rhydycar West website in April.