As the Australian bushfires continue to rage on, Selwyn Snow Resort, a beloved ski resort in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, was destroyed over the weekend. According to ABC News, all of the resort’s buildings were burned, but thankfully there were no casualties. In addition to the resort, 780,000 acres have been burned. The nearby resorts of Perisher and Thredbo, which sit at a higher elevation, have not been damaged by the wildfires.
Selwyn Snow Resort has been a popular ski destination since the ‘60s. Even before there was an established resort, Australians have been skiing on these mountains for the last 100 years. Selwyn Snow Resort’s operations manager, Andrew Dunkerley, is unsure if the 2020 winter season is salvageable, but told ABC News, “We are committed to rebuilding and we will rebuild better than ever.”
In response to the fire’s devastation, Aspen Skiing Co has started an Australia Wildfire Relief Fund to support the Australian Red Cross. Aspen has pledged to match the first $12,500 in donations, and the fundraiser runs until Jan 26th. The Ikon Pass, who partners with Australia’s Thredbo and Mt Buller, released this statement in regards to the crisis:
“The Ikon Pass community is thinking of our friends in Australia as they face enormous challenges. Thredbo Resort in New South Wales and Mt Buller in Victoria have both been threatened by massive bushfires, and the danger continues. To help with firefighting and recovery efforts in their regions, Ikon Pass is supporting NSW Rural Fire Service and the Victoria Bushfire Appeal. Ikon Pass encourages our community to consider a donation to support and restore the mountains we all love.”
The outlook for the bushfires is looking grim. Temperatures are still high, and winds haven't tempered in the slightest. If you'd like to lend a hand to the growing crisis, check out our resource page for ways you can donate to the cause. Or, if you're in need of a new hat or flannel, pop by the TGR shop, which is donating 100% of its profits to wildfire relief.