Locals drive over £300m ski plan for town with no snow

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Locals near the proposed resort are concerned about more traffic – and concrete – in the natural beauty (Image: Wales News Service)

Olympic skiers plummeting down the increasingly barren Alps will soon be able to skate in Wales instead – locals feel it’s taking over the slopes.

Developers have submitted plans to the Welsh Government for a £300 million indoor downhill ski run south of the snowless Brecon Beacons mountain range.

The 575 hectare Rhydycar West Shame would be one of the largest resorts of its kind in the world and only a three hour drive from London and Birmingham.

If approved, it would open at a time when rising temperatures caused by climate change are turning the glittering Alps to mud and slush.


The resort would be Britain’s largest indoor ski slope (Image: Wales News Service)

It has the backing of Team GB and the Ski Association of Wales, Snowsport Cymru Wales – but locals are giving the plans the cold shoulder.

They are concerned the development is just the latest example of the region’s natural beauty being engulfed in concrete.

Geoff Robinson, 66, who lives in Merthyr Tydill on the Berg, said: “When I first lived here it was open countryside everywhere.

“Now we have a retail park right next to us and the roads are already unable to cope with the increase in traffic. How on earth will it cope with the tens of thousands of visitors to the ski resort, if or? when it opens?

“The council sees hash marks in their eyes and doesn’t think about the consequences for the poor fellows who have to live with these monsters that are springing up all around them.

“If you want to vacation in a winter sports resort, you can jet off to the Swiss Alps. We don’t need that in Merthyr.”

Beautiful sunny landscape aerial view from helicopter of Glacier du Geant, Glacier du Tacul and Glacier Mer de Glace, from Mont Blanc massif in French Alps mountains in autumn season. Taken in Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France (Europe).

Glaciologists are increasingly concerned about the Alps as warm winter threatens glaciers (Image: Getty Images)

Hilary East, 65, has lived across the street from the Beacons for 40 years and says traffic is already a problem, not to mention a major ski area nearby.

“This winter sports idea seems crazy,” she said. ‘There’s no way Merthyr can handle any more traffic.

“Especially at the weekend you can be stuck in a traffic jam for up to an hour a few hundred meters from your front door.

“If you add a few thousand more cars every day, you’ll have gridlock. I don’t want this development on my doorstep.”

The 400 m indoor track includes hills and a water park, as well as three hotels and 30 forest cabins.

It will likely take government officials up to a year to give the green light when they submit the application — if that’s done, construction would take two and a half years.

A satellite image shows lack of snow compared to other years in Domaines, France, December 28, 2022. European Union/Copernicus Sentinel-2 L2A/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.

Many were once snow-capped mountain ranges, such as in Domaines, France (Image: Reuters)

This photo shows a general view of snow cannons operating due to a lack of snow on January 5, 2023 in the resort of Peyragudesski, southwestern France. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU/AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Ski operators rely on snow cannons to stay open (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Ali Tyebkhan, CEO of Rhydycar West, said: “We are proud to confirm the planning application for Rhydycar West.

‘After years of conceptual and technical planning and extensive public consultation, the team looks forward to taking the next step in bringing this world-class resort to life.’

After last year’s scorching summer, glaciologists are concerned about the future of snow-capped mountain peaks like the Alps.

According to the Swiss Academy of Sciences, Swiss glaciers have lost an average of 6.2% of their ice this year. That’s a lot of snow.

Ski resort operators face an uphill battle to maintain slopes, with some closing or resorting to spraying artificial snow over the now-dirty, grassy trails.

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