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Huge ski centre plans relaunched
Model of Ski-Trac's revolving ski-slope
The dome was to house a year-round revolving skiing facility
Revised plans for a 165m ski and leisure centre in north Wales have been unveiled.

The project at Llanberis was first announced two years ago, when the Snowdonia Gateway company revealed proposals for a massive dome housing a revolving ski slope and hotel complex.

But the dome and revolving slope have now been scrapped, and the firm has said the development will be blended into the mountain scenery at a disused quarry site at Glyn Rhonwy.

The centre, which would still be home to the UK's longest real snow ski track and offer a range of indoor water sports and chalet accommodation, would bring 800 jobs to the region.

Developers hope the project could be open by 2007, although it has yet to be granted outline planning application, which is the first stage of planning consent.

Snowdonia Gateway managing director Gwyn Jones said the scheme would boost the region's economy and provide employment for local people.

Llanberis ski centre
The ski slope will be the longest real snow track in the UK

"The design is the only thing that has changed - there will be real snow skiing, snowboarding, surfing even, on the biggest flow rider machine in Europe," he said.

"It will be the longest real snow ski track in the UK."

Mr Jones added that there was a lot of enthusiasm about the project.

"We are being approached on a daily basis by people that are willing to provide funding - we have a detailed feasibility plan that actually proves it is a viable concept."

Around 100m of funding will need to come from banks, while the rest of the money would be from public funds and private investors.

Architect NGP, the firm behind the Eden Project in Cornwall, has been appointed to design the centre.

There have been concerns among local people about the size of the project and the increased traffic it would bring.

Llanberis leisure centre
The centre will also include a swimming pool

Pat Jones, of the Llanberis Partnership, said the roads issue needed to be looked at carefully, but was excited by the project.

"Anything that brings that amount of jobs has to be taken very seriously and, if you are talking good quality full-time jobs, then that's excellent," she said.

"Something that is under cover all year round can only boost the tourist economy in this area."

The centre was launched by Dafydd Wigley, then AM for Caernarfon, in Llanberis in February 2002.

Mr Wigley said at the time it would be "of immense value to the tourism sector in north west Wales" and would need funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.




SEE ALSO:
Rethink over Snowdonia ski dome
24 Jun 03  |  North West Wales
Ski dome plan for Snowdonia
21 Feb 02  |  Wales


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