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SNOWBASIN SKI LIFT PLAN APPROVED

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The Forest Service Ogden Ranger District gave Snowbasin Ski Resort a thumbs up Tuesday to build a new ski lift.

Ogden District Ranger Randy Welsh said there is an appeal process, but any appeal has to be substantive and provide alternatives."It's not just as simple as saying, `I don't like the project,' " he said.

If there is no appeal for 45 days following the legal notice, Snowbasin will have an automatic five business days to implement the project, Welsh said.

"But we feel we have addressed people's comments, and we hope we have been able to consider everybody's comments," he said.

So Snowbasin may get the lift just in the nick of time to host the 1995 U.S. Alpine Championships in March on the new run.

But if an appeal is filed, construction may be delayed until next summer and Utah will not have a new ski run to show to the International Olympic Committee who are expected to visit Utah next spring.

Rainer Kolb, general manager for Snowbasin, said although the decision took longer than he expected, Snowbasin is ready to go with the lift in the John Paul area. But even without the lift, Snow-basin could host the races on existing runs, he said.

Kolb said the lift will "make Snowbasin a much more exciting ski area . . . This is expert terrain and we need it to balance the ski area," he said.