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DELAY IN LAND SWAP IS COSTLY FOR SNOWBASIN RESORT OWNER

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Snowbasin ski resort is losing money due to delays in a proposed land swap with the U.S. Forest Service, but resort officials say the problems are understandable.

Snowbasin hopes to acquire 1,320 acres of federal land to expand its operation into a year-round resort with lodging, a golf course, condominiums and some single-family residences.However, the Forest Service has advised resort managers that a final decision on the proposal likely won't be made for at least 18 months.

"Naturally, we're disappointed with the delay," said resort spokesman Chris Peterson. "We started with the project in '85 and expected a decision in '87."

"But we're 100 percent behind the Forest Service's handling of a complex issue with calm, scientific, legal approaches," he said.

Peterson declined to speculate what the resort would do if the Forest Service approves only a portion of the swap, an alternative under consideration in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.