Plans to install a new mountain coaster at Snowbird will be moving forward after unanimous approval by the Salt Lake County Planning Commission yesterday. While the approval is contingent on more detailed site plans and meeting governmental agency criteria, everything has been addressed, and guests can expect to see the new ride construction start this fall or spring 2013. They are now in the final design stage.
“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 offered tours of the side for any individuals, community groups, councils and commissions before the Wednesday meeting in order to address potential concerns.
The new mountain coaster will be built within the bounds of the resort’s already developed footprint on private property. Riders will eventually load and unload at the base of the Peruvian Express. It will be a beautiful ride upon completion. It will be mostly invisible to anyone on the highway, as the Cliff Lodge, trees, and vegetation cover the site. Contractors will use mainly soil nails for minimal impact on the surrounding area.
“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.”
While it may be a while before anyone can take a spin on the new ride, the Alpine Slide, Mountain Flyer, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Kids’ Inflatables, Bungy Trampolines and Mechanical Bull will all open June 8th. The Tram will open the following weekend, June 15, after spring maintenance. There’s always something exciting to do at Snowbird!