Officials seek public comment on Sandia Peak Mountain Coaster


Officials want your input on plans for a first-of-its-kind roller coaster in New Mexico.

An open house meeting is being held Thursday evening to get the input needed to move forward with the highly anticipated project.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the Sandia Peak Mountain Coaster, but officials have been hard at work for about two years putting plans together and are now ready to show them to the public.

“We are going to be presenting the proposal for the Mountain Coaster, which we have put into the Forest Service. We will have some visual aids, site plans. We will have a video. We will be there to answer questions and take comments. We will have comment cards that people can leave behind. We’re just there to educate the public on what the coaster will be like,” said Ben Abruzzo, General Manager Sandia Peak Ski Area.

Abruzzo said about a year ago they submitted the master plan to the U.S. Forest Service and just recently put in the actual proposal for the coaster, which is why they are now holding the open house.

Abruzzo says it’s all part of a process to get approval from the U.S. Forest Service to begin construction on the Mountain Coaster.

“The Forest Service looks at quite a few things, environment concerns, archeological, historic, cultural, and one of them is public comment,” said Abruzzo.

The plans show 3,000 feet of track, with the coaster going down about 900 vertical feet.

Abruzzo says it will give riders a three-minute ride that will weave through the forest and down the mountain.

It will cost $1.5 to $2 million to build.

Abruzzo says the U.S. Forest Service will likely have another official comment period in the next month or two. He adds that in the next four to six months, the Forest Service will be conducting their review and will have a decision early next year.

If the decision is approved, they hope to begin construction next summer.

The open house will be held at the Double Eagle Day Lodge at the Sandia Peak Ski Area on Thursday, August 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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