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Ski Lift of the Week: Peruvian Express at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Mar 05 2014 06:41 pm • Last Updated Mar 12 2014 04:41 pm

Type » High-speed quad

Vertical rise » 2,572 feet

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Number of runs » 10 with names

Difficulty » Mixture of advanced and intermediate

Why try it » Great skiing below and access to Mineral Basin through the "Bass Hole"

The ride » Easy to reach, right off the Snowbird Center’s back plaza, this relatively new chairlift quickly takes riders to the base of the ridge between Hidden Peak and Mount Baldy. A quick right turn and you’re off to explore the many inviting runs in Peruvian Gulch. A quick left and you’re on the conveyor belt that carries riders through a tunnel that empties into Mineral Basin in American Fork Canyon.

Runs to try

Chip’s Run » A gentle cruiser you can take top to bottom, it gets steeper at the bottom — unless you elect to jump off earlier and take a black-diamond run down.

Phone 3 Shot » With nice steepness and a fall line that dips left to right, it’s well suited to flowing giant slalom turns.


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Anderson’s Hill » Much like the Lower Saddle at Alta, this open hillside invites skiers and boarders to pick their favored line down a delightfully steep slope.



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