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500 metre long indoor snowslope planned for Wales

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@rob@rar,
right opposite the Welsh Gov & Police buildings.
Wonder how Public Sector feel looking at all that.
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Mr.Egg wrote:
@rob@rar,
right opposite the Welsh Gov & Police buildings.
Wonder how Public Sector feel looking at all that.
Sorry, not quite sure what your point is. Why should the civil servants or police have an opinion on this?
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rob@rar wrote:
Mr.Egg wrote:
@rob@rar,
right opposite the Welsh Gov & Police buildings.
Wonder how Public Sector feel looking at all that.
Sorry, not quite sure what your point is. Why should the civil servants or police have an opinion on this?


spoil their view NehNeh Laughing

Would be good though. I am sure I could find reasons to have to visit merthyr for work
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@Mr.Egg, would be great! I'm retired and live down the road!!
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Wow. A 500m run would be great. I do question (as someone from Swansea) what the hell they were thinking of building it in Merthyr though! Almost makes me want to move to Gwent to be equidistant to that and the The Wave.

Even with (what for me is now) a 2 hour drive each way I’d rather go to something like that compared to Milton Keynes/Hemel which are both an hours drive from me now, so I suspect it will be a very well used venue.
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What do Merthyr and Las Vegas have in common?

The only two places in the world where you can pay for sex with chips! Very Happy
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This is one of those projects i'll believe when it's actually up and running. There has been talk of this in one form or another for a very long time.

On their facebook page I did ask how it was going to be funded and they just replied Private Investment, no expansion on this fact so still non the wiser about where the money is coming from, although seems like they have spent a bit on this new campaign including branding, website and videos.
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According to the website, the new development will be the base for the Welsh Olympic team; didn't realise Wales had such a thing! Very Happy
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LOTA wrote:
According to the website, the new development will be the base for the Welsh Olympic team; didn't realise Wales had such a thing! Very Happy


Just a bit of forward planning by YesCymru. Laughing
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Really hope this goes ahead.

@Timmycb5, I guess going for Merthyr as it ties in with being next to Bike Park Wales, and pretty close to Pen Y Fan as well, so you could tie all 3 in on a weekend away. It's a relatively decent drive up there as well, as far as valleys roads go.

I'll be there regularly if this happens, it's around 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours for me from Clevedon across the water. I think it'll take a lot of business away from Hemel and MK, as it's substantially bigger that people will travel to it, even if it's a longer journey.

There's a few racing coaching companies that take groups over to Landgraaf in the summer/autumn, and I wonder if they would now use Merthyr instead if/when it's up and running.

Also means that some instructor courses could run in the UK. For example the IASI race coach course required for level 3 has dates run in Landgraaf, and now could run here?

Exciting project if it ever gets going.
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Planning application being submitted this Summer

Could be a tremendous outdoor/indoor activity hub along with Bike Park Wales in Merthyr; new bike park in Aberdare; Zip World Tower in Hirwaun; Brecon Beacons National Park
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Are any of the ski centres in the uk profitable? Most of the commercial facilities I can think of (indoor and outdoor) are on the margins of viability or lose money.

I get the impression that indoor skiing is a bit of a loss leader to attract footfall to retail? Covid is not going to help Sad
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@Peter S, I am pretty sure that Hemel must have been doing ok before Covid, as they have gone through a couple of small refurbs, changing and booking in areas for example. I believe they have been investing in further changes during the lockdown.
There is only snow and rock, and a cycling outlet inside of this. so am not sure this would be the case regarding Retail footfall. that may be a case for MK, as from what I remember from going over 15 years ago there were several shops there.

I know the same consortium who run Hemel, were going to invest in the proposed new one in Swindon. But on a recent ski podcast, the chief exec of Hemel confirmed this is not going ahead now due to the whole development being shelved.

The closest dry slope to me in Bath, is part of the Mendip multi sport activity centre, so they have diversified to keep going.

They may not be "goldmines", but the ones that still exist must have been operating efficiently before Covid struck.


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They could graze sheep on it too Very Happy
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"...what the hell they were thinking of building it in Merthyr though..."

Rundown area - probably more Government grants available ?
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Grants yes (EU maybe, oh, wait... Very Happy ); links to Cardiff, Beacons, Gower. Half the population (of Wales) within a one hour drive? However, even in my glass-half-fullest moment, I'm not sure it will happen.
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Thanks for that TG. A good insight.
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It'll be fuelled by property - there's very little detail on their site actually if you follow the link to the Housing element, its takes you to a placeholder on their website, but a bit of hunting shows around 600 houses are in the plan. Snow centres and waterparks are the bit of cheese you wrap around the pill to give to the dog.
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@Yellow Snow, for the (over)friendliest sheep, try the top of the Bwlch mountain. Years of feeding has made the sods quite aggressive when it comes to trying to nick food Smile
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@Mike Pow, is that a new mountain bike park in Aberdare?
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dobby wrote:
@Mike Pow, is that a new mountain bike park in Aberdare?


Yes

Not as full on as Bike Park Wales, but the terrain is there.
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Richard_Sideways wrote:
It'll be fuelled by property - there's very little detail on their site actually if you follow the link to the Housing element, its takes you to a placeholder on their website, but a bit of hunting shows around 600 houses are in the plan. Snow centres and waterparks are the bit of cheese you wrap around the pill to give to the dog.


Fine by me, as long as we a 500m indoor slope in Wales!
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