I have sad news for all of our friends down under.
Australian ski area Selwyn Snow Resort won’t be able to reopen this season after the two-year rebuild following the devastation of the bushfires of January, 2020.
Selwyn’s General Manager Lucy Blyton told Sky News Australia that the resort’s electrical switchboards and waste water managements system could not be completed in time due to record snowfall in the region.
Selwyn picked up 100cm (39in.) in a 7 day span that prevented contractors from finishing the jobs.
Check out the full report from Sky News Australia below:
‘Cruel irony’ is definitely an appropriate way to describe what’s happening to Selwyn. The resort worked tirelessly over the last two seasons to rebuild after one of the country’s worst bushfires ripped through the area.
They anticipated to open this season, and then a freak snow storm dumped more than half of their average annual snowfall in June. It seems like they just can’t catch a break.
I’d almost rather Selwyn not be able to reopen because there wasn’t enough snow, right? Too much snow delaying the open by an entire season is just downright annoying.
Here’s to hoping Selwyn has a fantastic 2023 season. All of us here at Unofficial Networks will be pulling for them!
Full press release from Selwyn Snow Resort below:
“The principal contractor of the project has advised that due to unprecedented recent snowfalls the project is unable to be completed by the 2nd of July.
A set of challenging circumstances were unprecedented. Record breaking rainfalls across November and December caused challenges to civil and ground work. Material supply shortage and delay in supply chains. The state-wide Covid lockdowns last year and challenging early season conditions of over 100cm of snowfall in 7 days.
Rebuilding Selwyn Snow Resort remains our top priority and our teams and contractors will continue to work hard to complete the project.
Nichole Overall MP, member for Monaro said, “Given these incredible efforts, it makes the decision not to be able to open at this time – brought on by the very thing we’ve been wishing for, record snow – even more heart-breaking, for the operators, everyone on site and the visiting public as well.
In saying that, I know things will continue to go from strength-to-strength and when Selwyn Snow Resort opens, it will offer some of the most spectacular advancements and attractions in the country that will make it worth the wait!”
We understand that this announcement will impact our guests in different ways, and we appreciate your understanding and patience. All guests who have purchased products from Selwyn Snow Resort will be refunded in full in the coming weeks.
We know that this is devastating news for our guests, employees and local communities, and want you to know that we share this sadness with you and look forward to a fresh start in 2023.”