Utah’s Canyons Resort Reveals Where SkiLink Would RunBy Rocky Thompson on August 15th, 2012
Two days ago the Canyon’s Resort Manager led a group along where they’re proposing to build the controversial SkiLink that would connect their resort to Solitude via gondola. Locals and backcountry skiers have been firm in their commitment to protecting the watershed area and access for skiers earning their turns. The manager again insisted there would be no unloading station on the ridge in an attempt to allay concerns by backcountry skiers. The government’s watershed manager had words after the tour: “Talisker and Canyons are asking to be conveyed a piece of watershed lands, protected under a 1934 law, without any local public process. That sets a huge precedent with respect to how decisions are made in our critical source-water areas.”
The resort is trying to subvert federal Forest Service control of the area by getting a congressionally mandated sale of the land they’d like to develop. If you can’t win over the locals, overpower them. The Salt Lake Tribune has a map where the 11,000-foot-gondola would run.