Proposed $10 million line reopens debate on bridging ski areas
Plenty of fearmongering going on here from environmental wackos....countless
studies have shown that ski areas have a negligible impact on watershed. And
we're not even talking about a ski area here - all we're talking about
is one gondola where the only impact is installing a handful of lift towers.
It's not like people will be skiing down this terrain...they'll just
be moving to a different ski resort which is already there.And what
do you get in return? Increased tourism and a massive reduction in greenhouse
gas emissions. I'm not sure how Save Our Canyons even has a leg to stand
on here; the gondola wouldn't even be visible unless you happened to be
standing right next to it.
All of this talk about destroying the mountains is absurd poppycock propaganda
meant to incite fear by extreme environmentalists. As an avid user of the
Wasatch -climber, biker, skier, backpacker, etc., I can honestly say that
nothing could be further from the truth. The installation of several lift
towers will have the end result of eliminating millions of car trips up and down
Big Cottonwood Canyon. That is a net-gain for the environment, locals, and
tourists. I've hiked, skied and biked the proposed Skilink corridor many,
many times, and simply don't find this excellent project will be as
intrusive as the detractors would want everyone to believe.
That's a lot ($10 million dollars PAC funds), to overcome of the
Republicans in Utah, and it may be more PAC funds than the people can voice to
oppose such an absurd and destructive idea in our water shed foothills. After
the last several years of a declining ski industry and snow fall, I don't
think the Utah should be putting that kind of money into a no return
investment.Not only is it absurd as an idea its also absurd to
believe that any of the $10 million will help the Utah economy as 95% of the
money will go to China, Asia, Mexico, business partners of our elected
politicians operating in those countries. Jobs? Means putting 20,000 foreign
nationals to work without pay for gratuity as wages and guaranteed 20,000 more
welfare positions.The land will be free without any encumbrances,
easements, or rights of way to pay for, so the $10 million is payoff for the
legislators PAC funding.
Actually we can do something to stop SkiLink. There are a growing number of
businesses, civic leaders, and individuals who are joining together to stop the
destruction of the pristine trails and forest areas that would be affected by
SkiLink There is a lot of information on Save Our Canyons website. Together we
can stop this thing!
The way i see it is none of you people in Utah have a thing to complain about if
this go's threw. And the reason i say that is if your to lazy to do any
thing but push the red (R) button when voteing. The stop complaining about your
esteamed politician because he the best money can buy.
Skilink is nothing but a land grab for the Canyons, disguised as a enhanced
skiing experience(as if riding for an hour each way @ an extra $80.00 is your
idea of enhanced). Our esteemed Utah politicians, in the pockets of developers,
want to force the US Forest Service to sell our land to a Canadian developer,
Talisker. Sounds real patriotic from our Republican leaders, doesn't it?
What a terrible way to ruin the back country to benefit such a small group of
people. Too lazy to drive around the mountain?
We're going to destroy some wonderfully beautiful lands, damage a vital
watershed, all for the profits of a few.One more example of the
GOP's peculiar brand of socialism: Socialize the expenses and privatize
the profits.And note that one of Utah's leading socialists, Rob
Bishop, is helping to push this along.
The only people who want this are people not from Utah and have no concern for
the beauty of our canyons.It makes absolutely no sense to destroy
natural terrain to put in a gondola to take skiers from Park City to Solitude.
From Salt Lake, skiers can get to several world class ski resorts within 30
minutes. It doesn't take that long to drive from Park City to both Big and
Little Cottonwood canyons. This gondola idea would only be used by a
small portion of tourists staying at either the Canyons or Park City. Not worth
what the rest of us would lose in the process.
Destroy a mountain. Damage a watershed. Socialize the expense and privatize
the profits.Sounds like exactly the kind of thing Rob Bishop and his
GOP friends would support.But good for America?No.Good for Utah?Nope.But it will make money for
somebody. And isn't that what's really important?