Snowbird ski resort is looking to expand into more terrain off the back side of the Utah ski resort. Pending U.S. Forest Service approval, Snowbird would build a second tram from Hidden Peak to the western peak of the American Fork Twin Peaks. The ski resort would also like to build a new chairlift in Mary Ellen Gulch and extend the Mineral Basin lift.
There are many other aspects to Snowbird’s proposal, including more night-skiing and mountain bike trails, but it is the area expansion that will be most closely debated. Any expansion in the Wasatch is a highly contentious issue among Utahns. Issues of backcountry access and watershed will come front and center in Snowbird’s proposed 780 acre expansion.
For Snowbird, the expansion plans would greatly enhance the quality of the ski resort’s spring skiing, advanced terrain, and beginner terrain. Snowbird’s ski season continues weekend operations through June 20th.
Mike Gorrell has an excellent write-up about the proposal in today’s Salt Lake Tribune that can be viewed here.