SkiLink, the proposed gondola, would enhance the amazing skiing and snowboarding experience the resorts offer. The gondola would be the first of its kind in the United States and give Utah a competitive advantage.
The Congressional introduction of the Wasatch Range Recreation Access Enhancement Act is the first step on a path of public approvals, studies and local jurisdictional review necessary. The land sale legislation is necessary as there is no other avenue for the Canyons to submit an application without first going through the federal process. We are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Salt Lake County, Summit County and Salt Lake City to ensure open and public local review.
The economic benefits from SkiLink will extend far beyond the slopes. Tourism, including winter sports, is already a backbone of Utah’s economy — and SkiLink will inject another $51 million into the local economy upon opening with a ripple effect that will create 500 new jobs.
As custodians of thousands of acres of Wasatch Back mountainside in and around the Canyons, environmental protection is of paramount importance to us. SkiLink’s design and construction will be environmentally sensitive. The proposed location has not been identified by the Forest Service as proposed wilderness or requiring special federal protection. Independent analysis shows SkiLink won’t impact Salt Lake’s watershed. With no intermediate stops, SkiLink will not increase access to the Wasatch back country.
SkiLink would be a unique and simple approach to transport outdoor enthusiasts between the Canyons and Solitude — and would be far more enjoyable and interesting than driving. Locals and tourists would be able to enjoy a 6,000-acre ski network, a first in the United States.
Mike Goar is the managing director of the Canyons Resort.