Selwyn Snow Resort in New South Wales, Australia, can’t catch a break. The resort was destroyed by a bush fire in February 2020 followed by the covid pandemic that banned tourism for two years. So the last thing it needed was to have to cancel its grand reopening this year.
As a result of heavy snow, essential maintenance work required to reopen on July 2nd will not be completed, meaning the resort is looking at a third winter without guests. General manager Lucy Blyton said it was “devastating.”
A set of challenging circumstances were unprecedented. Record-breaking rainfalls across November and December caused challenges to civil and groundwork, material supply shortage, and supply chain delays. The state-wide covid lockdowns last year and now challenging early-season conditions of over three feet of snowfall in seven days.
“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!”
– Nichole Overall MP
Except for a barbecue hut, every building was destroyed during the Black Summer fires in 2019/20. Since then, the pandemic and consistent wet weather have delayed rebuilding.
Then last week, the resort was buried under three feet of snow, making putting the finishing touches too difficult to complete. Power and sewerage are the two main things that need finishing and with so much snow on the ground and a full winter ahead construction crews are unable to complete the necessary work.
“Given those are pretty important things to install in dry weather, it’s a bit hard when we have over a meter of snow on the ground.”
– Lucy Blyton
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