Panel's OK of Alpine Coaster in Sierra Appealed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Vail Resorts' proposed alpine coaster attraction at the Northstar California resort near Lake Tahoe is drawing some opposition.

The Aspen Grove Owners Association cited traffic and noise impacts in its appeal of the Placer County Planning Commission's May 23 approval of the project. The alpine coaster, dubbed the Forest Flyer, is an all-weather, gravity-powered toboggan ride that travels on a raised steel track down the mountain.

It's part of the company's multi-million-dollar Epic Discovery plan designed to bolster summer recreation at its resorts. Plan call for it to eventually include zip lines, rope courses, climbing walls, and expanded hiking and mountain biking trails.

Northstar officials say it'll allow people who may not otherwise visit the mountains to connect to the outdoors.

Information from: Sierra Sun.

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