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Panel's approval of alpine coaster in Sierra is appealed

TRUCKEE, Calif. — 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.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Jul 1, 2013 01:47PM Published Jul 1, 2013 01:47PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.