Last year, a bill existed in the US Senate that would have required the US Forest Service to sell 30 acres of land in Big Cottonwood Canyon to Taliskier (the owners of The Canyons ski resort) so that Taliskier could build an 8 person gondola between The Canyons ski resort & Solitude ski resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. A one way trip would only take 11 minutes versus the 1 hour drive between Park City & Big Cottonwood Canyon.
This year, the bill appears to be completely dead.
“Rep. Rob Bishop, who had pushed the bill in 2012, isn’t sure if he will again introduce the legislation. Rep. Chris Stewart doesn’t plan to add any measure on SkiLink, either.
On the Senate side, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office says he’s looking at all the transportation options but hasn’t decided whether to push the SkiLink measure. Sen. Mike Lee’s office sees no movement on the bill.
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, opposes SkiLink.” – Salt Lake Tribune
Vail just leased The Canyons from Taliskier for 50 years and they haven’t decided whether they’ll pursue the Ski Link idea.
Salt Lake’s mayor has asked Utah’s congresspersons not to push a Ski Link bill until an environmental study has been completed in a few more years.
As of right now, it’s not looking good for Ski Link.
Do you think this is a good idea and potentially environmentally beneficial as you’ll avoid the long drive? or Is this a bad idea as it would set a bad precedent for the Forest Service selling land to private companies purely for profit?