Tahoe roller coaster on hold
NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE, Calif. – Resort officials are holding off on a proposal for an alpine coaster that is drawing environment and noise concerns from neighbors.
“Booth Creek and Northstar Resort have asked Placer County officials to put the application on hold while we meet with the community to better explain the project and attempt to address their questions and concerns,” Jessica VanPernis, communication manager for Booth Creek Ski Holdings, which manages Northstar, wrote in an e-mail.
“This is in no way something we’re trying to cram through the process without first receiving input from our local community,” VanPernis wrote. “We want to ensure the community completely understands the proposal before any final decisions are made, and allow for a dialogue, as was always the plan.”
On Friday, Placer County deputy planning director Paul Thompson said staff, after reviewing Booth Creek’s environmental questionnaire, determined more information is needed to make initial approval of the coaster, described as a two-person toboggan that would be controlled by riders and reach speeds of up to 25 mph.