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Snowmass Eyes Vail-Like Plan for Alpine Coaster, Zip Lines

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Looks like Vail Resort's Epic Discovery project is just the first of many proposed summer recreational developments that could be headed to a ski town near you. Aspen Skiing Co. is looking to summer activities to improve business at Snowmass after several years of investment have not resulted in increased profits. According to Aspen Journalism, SkiCo shared their plans this week, and an on-mountain coaster could be the next big thing at Snowmass.

Many of the plans for Snowmass have similarities to Vail's just-approved $25 million Epic Discovery, including zip lines, ropes courses, a climbing wall, and a mountain coaster. Here's a breakdown of the facts, from Aspen Journalism:

· Snowmass' coaster would be located uphill of the Elk Camp Meadows teaching area in the tree stand between lower Sandy Park and the runout of Gunner's View.
· The coaster would be about 4,400 feet in length and descend 410 feet of vertical through the forest.
· The ride could last up to 4 minutes.
· The goal is to create an environmentally sensitive project.
· Both Vail's Epic Discovery and the proposed plan at Snowmass are possible because of the 2011 Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act.

What do you think about the latest alpine coaster craze, Curbediverse? Yay or Nay?

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