Already home to an indoor skydiving facility and an Olympic white-water rafting stadium, Penrith will soon welcome Australia’s first indoor snow resort after the development received official endorsement at a local council meeting on Tuesday May 24.

The new attraction, Winter Sports World, is set to include a 300-metre ski run for advanced skiers, as well as a 4.5-star hotel. It will also have an Olympic-sized ice rink with competition-worthy ice, a revolving restaurant and ice-climbing facilities.

Owners say the indoor alpine resort will attract 250,000 visitors annually, providing 900 ongoing tourism jobs. Developer Peter Magnisalis says it will be positioned close to the new international airport at Badgerys Creek (due to open in 2026). “It will be the first indoor snow resort and alpine winter attraction in Australia,” he said in a statement.

Winter Sports World is planned to be built on the site of a current 2.35-hectare horse paddock on the banks of the Nepean River. Developers are working with architecture practice Environa Studio to design a carbon-neutral resort with solar power and roof water harvesting to make the snow.

“I want people who have never skied to come here to learn,” says Magnisalis, who says the resort will be an affordable option for first-time skiers. “We will have perfect snow under perfect skies all year round, and Winter Sports World will be the coolest place to hang out on those scorching 40-degree summer days in Penrith.”

So far, the $300-million development has been seven years in the making. Construction is expected to start in 2022, subject to planning approvals.

Winter Sports World is expected to open in winter 2024.