SLC is beyond ridiculous when it comes to "protecting" its watershed.
A vast majority of water comes from old mines and drainage tunnels that are
laden with heavy minerals. Yet, you can't bring dogs up the canyons. Ski areas
are environmentally sound. For the amount of money this generates for the area,
I hope it goes through.
One of the greatest treasures Utah has is OUR mountains. I love how close the
ski resorts are to all of us living along the Wasatch front. It makes living
here great.BUT, if every peak is covered with a lift that a ski
resort "owns", then WE THE PEOPLE lose out. Unless they are giving us
all a key to use the place as we want to, then I say let's keep the mountains
open to all of us.We want to hike, bike, climb, back country ski,
etc. without feeling like we are intruding on someone else' land, or flooding
the area with tourists unwilling to get there on their own power.It
is our land. I think we are all glad the resorts are there, but let's not let
the resorts sprawl all over to every peak, cornice, hidden meadow or quiet lake
there is.That would be a tragedy. (as well as cause the
water issues discussed in this article)
Salt Lake City is in a desert and the population is expected to increase. We
should do nothing that places Salt Lake's water supply at risk. Moreover, ski
resorts should stay within their current boundaries. There are many others who
use the national forest for recreation. Don't cut off their access in favor of
the ski resorts.The public interest on both counts favors no
expansion. Don't allow the expansion.
I wish that they would explain how adding more are to the ski resorts effects
the snowpack. Skiing is on the surface, and theoretically does not remove snow
from the area, so how does expanding the ski resorts do anything to the snow.The houses is understandable because you lose snow to the roads and
melting earlier than normal.
Ski resorts do not shut down the mountain for other uses, because the ski
resorts do not own the land, it is leased conditional upon the use permits
granted. And I'm at a loss as to how ski lifts effect water shed? This to me
sounds like more of the drain Lake Powell dialog we were all forced to endure a
few years back, because we had some dry years. Now the lake is full again and
you don't here a word about anymore.
The interconnect ski concept has been proposed in one form or another since I
started skiing in the late 60s. This is not new. Now 40 years later, Brighton
and Solitude have an interconnect run, sort of. Alta and Snowbird have an
interconnect run. It has taken a long time for these two connections, such as
they are, to come to fruition. The proposals in this story are all interesting
ideas, but I will believe it when I see it. And that may be another 40 years.
What these enviros don't want the general public to realize is that ski resorts
don't negatively affect the watershed. If we were to realize this, it would
blow out of the water their only argument against ski resort expansion.At the end of the day, the only people truly affected by resort expansion in a
negative way are backcountry skiers. Well, guess what Jeff Niermeyer's favorite
hobby is? You guessed it - backcountry skiing.It sounds so much
better for Niermeyer to say something like "this will ruin our water
supply" than something like "this will make my personal hobby less
enjoyable."Draw whatever conclusions from this that you
Backcountry skiing is maybe the best hobby ever. You should join the club and
enjoy life Brave Sir Robin.
There are probably cheaper and easier ways to compete with Colorado resorts. As
a lont time Colorado resident until 2 years ago, I know that a large proportion
of Denver area residents who ski prefer skiing Utah over Colorado - better and
more snow, cheaper, can stay in the valley. CO resorts are further from the
city and more expensive. If you want to do something besides ski when you stay
several days at a CO resort, you're more limited as to what you can do there.
SLC offers more diversity of things to do than Vail, Steamboat, Aspen, etc.A former CO governor once said concerning the ski industry there that Colorado
is very good at marketing a substandard product.
No thanks, Mr. Moots. I've done plenty of BC skiing. I'd rather spend my
precious leisure time skiing down mountains, not slogging up them. But keep
rocking that free heel!