Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Snowbird underground

Snowbird planning Euro-style ski tunnel, new lift

(AP) -- Snowbird ski resort is planning to replace one of its original 1971 chair lifts with a longer, faster lift that would take skiers nearly to the top of the resort in Peruvian Gulch. But that's not all: the resort would drill a 400-foot tunnel through the mountain so skiers can reach the backside in Mineral Basin, riding a conveyor belt without taking off their skis.

The sheer engineering audacity of the tunnel is bound to turn heads in the industry, and cost a lot of money, although how much is unknown; Snowbird officials said they hadn't drawn up plans and were still examining the lift and tunnel as a concept.

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