Utah restaurant The Summit opens 11,000 feet above sea level

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Snowbird’s newest attraction, The Summit, opened Saturday. The 23,000 square foot restaurant is accessible only by tram. Photo: Matt Crawley for Snowbird

Salt Lake City, Utah, ski resort Snowbird opened The Summit, a restaurant 11,000 feet above sea level on Saturday.

The restaurant requires a tram to get to and is open year-round for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, mountain bikers and anyone else who wants to enjoy the views of the Salt Lake Valley.

The restaurant is decades in the making and took construction crews nearly two years to build.

It’s location made it very difficult.

The resort’s general manager, Bob Bonar, said it wasn’t an easy undertaking,

“It’s a very, very technical site,” Bonar told Fox 13 Salt Lake City. “Very difficult to get all the materials, the concrete and everything up here. So, we’re very appreciative of all the crews that worked so hard to make it happen.”

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The Summit is open year round and offers stunning views of Salt Lake Valley. Photo: Matt Crawley for Snowbird

The lodge takes advantage of 360-degree views and is home to a cafeteria-style restaurant, retail store and banquet space.

People wishing to have special events like weddings and parties can host in the banquet halls for a one of a kind experience.

Snowbird's original founders Dick Bass and Ted Johnson envisioned the restaurant years ago and Bass passed away earlier this year before seeing his dream come true.

The Summit is open year-round, weather permitting.

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