Forest Service Opposes Gondola Linking Park City to Big Cottonwood CanyonBy Rocky Thompson on December 13th, 2011
The Forest Service came out against a plan proposed by Canyons resort in Park City and Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon that seeks to build a gondola linking the resorts. The service asked for studies on whether it would actually decrease traffic up the canyon and diminish watershed protections. They also said it would mar the backcountry terrain, which is hard to argue with. While getting fewer cars going up Big Cottonwood would be great, it’s tough to say this would make a difference. All the Salt Lake skiers would still have to drive up. And I doubt anyone knows exactly how many Park City skiers are driving up every day. If cutting down car traffic is their goal, perhaps a light rail heading up the canyon and a ban of all cars during the winter? You’re welcome, Utah. Wire me $50k.