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Group Asks Forest Service To Halt Snowbird Project

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An environmental group is asking the U.S. Forest Service to delay Snowbird Ski Resort's construction of a restaurant atop the 11,000-foot Hidden Peak.

The group Save Our Canyons says Snowbird has made significant changes to the plan since the Forest Service approved the project in 1999 and a new study is needed to review the possible environmental impacts.

The Forest Service says it's considering the request.

Snowbird President Bob Bonar tells the Salt Lake Tribune that the planned 23-000 square-foot building is needed atop the popular peak and the proposal has already been through lengthy reviews.

Snowbird has begun excavation work for the building's foundation.

The facility also includes restrooms and ski patrol offices and is expected to open in fall of 2015. 

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