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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Snowbird Opens First North American Ski Tunnel

Snowbird Ski TunnelThe new Peruvian Tunnel at Snowbird is open and running, carrying skiers and borders through a mountain to provide improved access to the intermediate runs in Mineral Basin.

It is the first ski tunnel in North America, and it is causing quite a stir. A conveyor in the tunnel carries skiers and boarders 600 feet, from Peruvian Gulch in Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Mineral Basin side, on a four-minute, one-way ride.

WMC-TV Memphis carried the story, and has a video clip on its website.

So did WBIR-TV in Knoxville, and a host of other news outlets.

Snowbird said this about the grand opening: "A new era in Little Cottonwood Canyon began today when Snowbird Chairman Dick Bass and President Bob Bonar shattered a bottle of champagne on the new Peruvian Express high-speed quad chairlift." (See their entire Peruvian Tunnel report.)
Snowbird’s website also has an extended video clip.

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