If you want to be world class, you have to look to those that are world class.
The Swiss have linked their resorts with gondolas and trams into mega-resorts,
and it doesn't seem to hurt the environment of Switzerland at all. I
don't know why Utah hasn't linked all the resorts together - Alta, Snowbird,
Brighton, Park City, - all of them.And why isn't there a train going
up Little Cottonwood Canyon to cut down on the car traffic? What
better way would there be than to ban cars up Little Cottonwood Canyon all
together? Put a good train up there and trams to Park City
Follow the money on this idea ....
I am 110% behind this project, and I have am neither skier nor snowboarder. I
think this could be great for the local economy in tough economic times, and I
believe the environmental impact will be minimal, if not net positive.
The suggestion that Ski Link would decrease traffic in Big Cottonwood Canyon
doesn't make a lot of sense. Canyons states that the trip between the resort
and Solitude would take about 11 minutes, a claim which, given the proposed
location for the Ski Link starting point at Canyons, seems a bit
disingenuous.From what little information I can find on this on the
Canyons site, it looks like the Canyons starting point for the lift will be
south of the Daybreak lift. If one were to start from the Canyons parking lot,
this means taking a total of 5 lifts just to get to this point--a process which
requires about 30 minutes, depending on crowds. So if your destination is
Solitude, this will take about the same amount of time as driving there. The real access advantage appears to be Solitude to Canyons--the Ski
Link takes off from the parking lot at Solitude and places skiers in this area
of Canyons which typically requires multiple lifts to access--a feature which
may potentially entice Canyons passholders in the Salt Lake Valley to utilize
the Solitude access point, thus increasing Big Cottonwood traffic.
@ERDoc, you set up a nice straw man arguement. No one is suggesting that the
proposed tram will reduce road congestion for someone who just wants to visit
the Solitude Resort. The target demographic here is the multi-resort skier.
Assuming that you have to have a pass at both resorts to ride the tram, your
scenario of Canyons pass-holders just going up Big Cottonwood (a narrower,
slower route than I-80 to begin with), is pure fantasy.
I'm all for this. And a link from Snowbird to Solitude next. As a
local I can't imagine using it. But then again, the resorts like Canyons are
priced and designed for tourists so they probably don't worry about the local
Reminds me of something I was reading the other day that associated
environmental degradation with greed. I doubt Brigham Young would think much of
Quayle, you must be either joking or a liberal. Keep those ideas in Texas i
I agree with Quayle. This is a very exciting idea. I would LOVE to ride it. The
scenery would be fantastic. It would be a big boon for the area economy. I hope
they are able to beat back the naysayers. If Switzerland can do it, so can Utah.
aggielove- wait, you're from Oregon? keep your ideas in oregon maybe. Oregon, a
state that doesn't even trust their residents to pump their own gas. Too funny.
Maybe the locals should have the say in this matter. It's an idea that's long
overdue. If done correctly, there will be minimal damage to the land. We scar
mountains for pipelines all the time so that corporate fat cats can get richer
selling oil and gas, so why can't we do this for the enjoyment of the people.
Who actually leaves Canyons or Solitude to drive to the other resort for the
rest of the day? No one.This doesn't fix any "transportation
problem," it's just ski area expansion pretending to be something else.We already have 11 world-class resorts within an hour of our airport.
Alta and Snowbird are linked, Solitude and Brighton are right next to each
other, and Canyons, Park City, and Deer Valley are 10 mins apart. There's no
need to link any further.
So sad - the once great Ted Wilson has officially sold out.
This gondola proposal is terrible. It's bad for the people of Utah who visit
these canyons year-round. It will only lead to more development in the canyon. I
don't appreciate our elected officials circumventing the public-driven master
plans that have been worked on for years.