Seven Peaks owner Victor Borcherds called a proposal submitted to Forest Service officials Wednesday by the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance just the latest attempt by environmental extremists to kill his proposed ski resort project.
"It's the same group, the same people, the same scene," Borcherds said.Borcherds said he is "still going right ahead" with his proposed ski resort.
"We're expecting results back from the air-quality report on Friday or Monday," he said. "We think it is in really good shape. We hope to be back to the Forest Service by the end of this month, deposit our money and go right on schedule."
The Seven Peaks Ski Resort proposal "will ensure that the Provo Peak areas in the future will provide the greatest number of recreational opportunities for the greatest number of people with the least ecological disturbance," Borcherds said, borrowing wording from the alliance's proposal.
"What they are proposing is that nobody use it," Borcherds said. "We will be able to use the Forest Service lands and use it for the maximum number of people."
He said hunting would be the only activity prohibited if a ski resort were developed in the Provo Peak basin area.
Uinta Forest Supervisor Don Nebeker issued a decision earlier this year stating he would authorize a special use permit for Seven Peaks to construct a ski resort on Maple Mountain if certain conditions were met. The Forest Service and Borcherds later mutually agreed the decision should be voided because not all conditions were met within a specified time frame.