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Snowbird Receives Approval to Install Mountian Coaster

Published: 05/21/2012 -- The Salt Lake County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve Snowbird’s proposed new location for a mountain coaster. The commission’s approval is contingent on more detailed site plans and meeting various governmental agency criteria, all of which Snowbird has addressed throughout the planning process.

“We are excited to provide another form of summer recreation for our guests and Utah’s growing population,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “We feel today’s approval is a result of listening to various stakeholders, community groups and neighbors as well as working with Salt Lake County and City to create a workable solution for all parties.”

Snowbird hosted site tours for any interested individuals, community groups, councils and commissions prior to the meeting in an attempt to address any concerns, which resulted in very little opposition during the Planning Commission meeting.

The mountain coaster will be located within Snowbird’s existing developed resort footprint on private property with loading and unloading at the base of the Peruvian Express chairlift. Much of the ride is obscured from the highway by the Cliff Lodge as well as trees and vegetation. The mountain coaster installation uses primarily soil nails and has minimal impact on the terrain.

“As with every project we undertake, water quality is at the top of the priority list,” said Bonar. “Scientific analysis dating back to Snowbird’s beginning demonstrates that year-round recreation is compatible with operating within a watershed.”

Snowbird now will begin the final design phase and work on installation timelines, currently expected to take place this fall or spring 2013.

Snowbird will open its existing summer activities Friday, June 8. Those include the Alpine Slide, Mountain Flyer, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Kids’ Inflatables, Bungy Trampolines and Mechanical Bull. The Tram is scheduled to open for the season Friday, June 15, following spring maintenance. The Peruvian Express lift and tunnel will likely open for the season July 4.

For more information about Snowbird summer activities go to www.