Protesters oppose Utah ski resort's plan for mountain coaster

Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:21 PM | Contributed by Jeff

More than 120 protesters gathered Monday to speak out with the Save Our Canyons coalition against a proposed mountain coaster at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. The coaster would serve as the resort’s latest summertime attraction.

Read more from The Salt Lake Tribune.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:57 PM

I think the Snowbird rep is correct that these protesters have a misconception of what the coaster is exactly. I'm not sure I'd fault them if this was in fact a large-scale traditional steel or wooden roller coaster. A mountain coaster won't be excessively noisy, nor an eyesore.

I do fault them on the epic lameness of their signs, however.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:01 PM

*sigh*

One person in the comments commented and said something about the mechanisms and what not. I really don't think these people have a clue. I've done the alpine slide at Wisp, and I figure this will be much like that. You can't see it from a distance, even in the winter with no leaves on the trees. The only real visible parts were the helix. Even the lift went in an already established area where trees were cleared.

I wish people would at least attempt to understand something before they decided to protest. One person made a sarcastic comment on the fact that the article said it was a mountain coaster and not a roller coaster, but the article is right. They're very different.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:10 PM

There's a four track alpine slide at Park City which not far away at all. From my experience those make much more noise than a mountain coaster. These people have no idea what they're talking about. All of that effort to make up cheesy signs and protest could have been spent actually getting an understanding of what they're bitching about.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:23 PM

Believe me, those kids will be the first in line! :)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:24 PM

Wow some of these people are really, I guess you could say, unknowing when it domes to the comments on the article. They really don't understand how ridiculous these protests are and that this thing will be very hard to see and that it is extremely silent.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:12 PM

I read a lot in skiing forums and the S.O.C. folks are pretty anti any capital improvements in the canyons that would drive resort expansion or increased tourist visits. Part of this is concern for the wildlife, part of this is that they get free and unfettered access to the land and regarding skiing, there are lot of vocal Utahans who hike to ski and don't like competing with resort skiers for the fresh snow.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:30 PM

Yeah ... From the article's comments, I don't think it's an anti-mountain coaster issue. It's and anti-anything issue. It seems that these people oppose bringing in anything that will draw more people to the area.

NOT IN MY BACKYARD!!!

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Friday, March 18, 2011 9:54 AM

If the ride were named "mountainslide karts" instead of mountain COASTER....there'd be less uproar. I think the word coaster conjures up images of rides completely unrelated to the kind of ride we're talking about in this case.

*P.S. "Mountainslide" is a registered trademark of Gator industries... ;)

Last edited by rollergator, Friday, March 18, 2011 9:55 AM
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Friday, March 18, 2011 1:01 PM

I agree that nomanclature has caused most of the noise about this. If it was referred to as a "bobsled run" I'd wager there would be considerable less complaining..

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Monday, March 21, 2011 6:26 PM

Wow these people should do some homework. New England got 3 new mountain coasters this year. 2 in NH and 1 in VT(Vt's only coaster). I haven't has a chance to ride them yet but Know many that have. they they are quiet and don't affect the hill side. It's a ski resort so there are already large section of hill side cleared for skiing.

Let then install it you won't even know its there. and also welcome the added taxes payed out by the owners.

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