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Letter: SkiLink project deserves public's backing, support

Published: Friday, Aug. 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

A proposal for a gondola that would connect Canyons ski resort to Solitude has been officially unveiled by resort officials, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. The ridge at the top of The Canyons is at the bottom of this photo with Solitude at center.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

As a lifelong skier, backpacker, climber, hiker and mountain biker, I would like to voice my support to the Canyons/Solitude Skilink project. In connecting the two resorts, Skilink will result in a large reduction of vehicle traffic between Park City, Solitude and ultimately the other Central Wasatch resorts.

Park City saw over 1.8 million skier-days last winter, and a significant number of these skiers drive the 80 mile round trip between Park City and the other Wasatch resorts. With an on-the-ground footprint of roughly 16 yards and a ride time of 11 minutes, I find Skilink to be a minimally-impacting, environmentally friendly alternative to having tens of thousands of annual car trips occurring between Park City and Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.

On the Salt Lake City side, 58 percent of respondents of the Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow study stated that they would like to see Little Cottonwood Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and Park City connected by "trams."

After spending 30 years studying the feasibility of connecting all seven major Wasatch resorts, SkiLink is an idea that is ready to be brought to fruition.

David DuBois

Park City

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