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Snowbird manager reacts to outcry over proposed expansion into American Fork Canyon

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-25 18:27:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The general manager of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is reacting to recent public outcry over a land swap proposal, and he said he wants to reassure people they aren’t proposing to put in condos or hotels should they expand.

Many people in Utah County attended a meeting earlier this month to register their disapproval with the proposed expansion of the resort into American Fork Canyon.

Some feared access to the canyon will become limited, and they said they want to keep the proposed land public. Click here for FOX 13 News’ previous coverage of the outcry against the proposal.

Thursday, Snowbird General Manager Bob Bonar responded and said a lot of different ideas have been thrown around, and he said people may be confused about the resort's overall goal.

“What we would like to do is expand our ski resort operations, mostly on our private property in upper Mineral Basin and upper Mary Ellen Gulch,” he said. “No hotels, no condos, no gondolas connecting down to Tibble Fork or down to the bottom of American Fork Canyon.”

Snowbird officials said they want to work with the public to find a solution that would allow them to expand the ski resort without restricting public access for other kinds of recreation.