Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A skier takes a run at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah.

I support SkiLink connecting Canyons and Solitude resorts. Protection of and access to the mountains are both important to me as an avid skier. This project provides both benefits as well as the added benefit of helping Utah resorts better compete with Colorado resorts.

We chose Park City instead of Breckenridge, Colo., as our home away from home because of the easy access to the airport and between resorts. I believe projects like SkiLink, which help to erase the boundaries around ski areas, are the best chance to improve Utah's market share of vacation-skier visits. Full-time residents sometimes may not like it, but like us in south Florida, they have to realize that theirs is a tourist-based economy, and a thriving tourism market financially benefits everyone.

Besides the tangible economic benefits — this project will reduce vehicular traffic, the use of fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases — are all beneficial for the forest. Projects like this, along with ski resorts teaming up on lift tickets, will help Utah resorts better compete with their counterparts in Colorado. Please support this project for the benefit of the tourism economy in Utah.

Chris Sammartino

Park City and Hollywood, Fla.