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Snowbird seeks approval for expansion plan

Posted - Jun. 5, 2010 at 3:23 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Snowbird ski resort is seeking approval to expand into another canyon off its back side and to build a new tram to provide access to it.

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort wants to expand into Mary Ellen Gulch, adjacent to Mineral Basin, and build a tram running from Hidden Peak to the West Twin of American Fork Twin Peaks.

U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Cathy Kahlow says her staff is evaluating the proposal and will decide by early fall whether to accept it.

If accepted, she says, the expansion will require a full-blown environmental impact statement and changes to the Wasatch-Cache-Uinta National Forest plan.

Carl Fisher of Save Our Canyons criticizes what he calls "another ski area expansion where resorts take public lands and give up nothing in return."

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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