Ravell Call, Deseret News
A proposal for a gondola that would connect Canyons ski resort to Solitude has been officially unveiled by resort officials, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. The ridge at the top of The Canyons is at the bottom of this photo with Solitude at upper right.

SALT LAKE CITY — A proposed interconnect between Park City area and Cottonwood canyons ski resorts won approval from a Senate panel Monday.

"This would be a huge benefit to our state and we could do it with very minimal impact to the watershed and the sensitive areas in the Cottonwood canyons," said Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, sponsor of SCR10.

The nonbinding resolution does not specify how the canyons would be linked but expressed support for the idea.

The Senate Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee approved the measure 4-2, with Sens. Karen Morgan, D-Cottonwood Heights, and Pat Jones, D-Holladay.

"I believe this needs more work," said Morgan, noting many people in her district worry about the impacts.

Howie Garber, of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, said a ski link would not solve the "vexing" transportation problems the canyons face but would bring more visitors.

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