Board to vote on Utah ski resort's coaster plan

May 11 2011 - 7:47am

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah county government board will soon decide whether to allow a ski resort to build a mountainside roller coaster.

The Salt Lake County Board of Adjustment will consider the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort plan for a second time on Tuesday.

The board denied an initial application in April, saying the coaster is not a snow-related activity.

The county's planning commission has already approved the coaster plan.

Environmental groups opposed the decision and appealed to the board.

The 3,300-foot long roller coaster would be built on land owned by Snowbird. It would be up to 13 feet high and require a bridge across the canyon highway.

Snowbird says the roller coaster is appropriate and similar to other year-round attractions, such as a zip line and an alpine slide.

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