Snowbird ski resort will install a highly controversial roller coaster on its mountain. The Salt Lake County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the “mountain coaster” last Wednesday. Snowbird already has summer rides including: “the Alpine Slide, Mountain Flyer, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Kids’ Inflatables, Bungy Trampolines and Mechanical Bull will all open June 8th,” said The Ski Channel.
“We are excited to provide another form of summer recreation for our guests and Utah’s growing population. Working with Salt Lake County and City to create a workable solution for all parties.” – Snowbird President Bob Bonar
This approval is contingent on the full details of the roller coaster plans being finalized, but you can be sure that they’ll approve it all the way through. Final designs and installation timelines will be available in fall 2013.
SNOWBIRD ROLLER COASTER:
– Will be on ski resort side of the highway entirely within the current developed resort footprint
– It’ll be damn fun
– Boost summertime business in Little Cottonwood Canyon
“This is an important project for us to help keep our company competitive and a competitive business and will also help to contribute to the local economy and local tourism.” – Snowbird General Manager Bob Bonar
– It could be an eye-sore
– The environmental impact of building it
“It’s gonna be, like, lame, dude.” – local environmentalist
Do you folks think this is all too much? Is Snowbird turning into a circus?
Check out the original plans for the roller coaster: