A planned major indoor snow center near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales will enter its pre-application consultation (PAC) period next month with the planning application to be submitted once completed, the team has announced behind the complex.
They say the year-round indoor station at Rhydycar West will feature one of the longest indoor snow runs in Europe, already cited as a potential base for team GB snow sports, Snow Sport Wales, and also a UK ‘Centre of Excellence’ for snow sports.
The resort will also offer luxury and value hotels and woodland lodges. Located just a mile from the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Rhydycar West team conceptualized the resort as a base camp for visitors to explore the whole of the Valleys region, marketing it as “where the great outdoors meet the great interior spaces”.
Plans for the facility were first announced in 2017 when a budget of £450m was announced and a 500m long indoor snow piste – said to be among the ten longest pistes of inland snow in the world today.
“We are happy to have reached this point after many years of hard work, investment, careful planning and reflection. We strongly believe this development will be of national significance to Wales and will strengthen the position of Wales and the Dales region as the epicenter of adventure tourism,” said Richard Arnold, Chief Operating Officer of Rhydycar West.
During the 28-day PAC period, the Rhydycar West team will host online and digital exhibition events to showcase the proposals to the community and consider questions and feedback. Additionally, plans, supporting information and the opportunity to have your say on the proposals will be available on the Rhydycar West website in April.