Canyons unveils proposed SkiLink gondola to connect with Solitude

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  • Daveski OREM, UT
    Dec. 3, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    This gondola proposal is terrible. It's bad for the people of Utah who visit these canyons year-round. It will only lead to more development in the canyon. I don't appreciate our elected officials circumventing the public-driven master plans that have been worked on for years.

  • Game For Any Fuss Draper, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    So sad - the once great Ted Wilson has officially sold out.

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Nov. 18, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Who actually leaves Canyons or Solitude to drive to the other resort for the rest of the day? No one.

    This doesn't fix any "transportation problem," it's just ski area expansion pretending to be something else.

    We already have 11 world-class resorts within an hour of our airport. Alta and Snowbird are linked, Solitude and Brighton are right next to each other, and Canyons, Park City, and Deer Valley are 10 mins apart. There's no need to link any further.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Nov. 17, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    aggielove- wait, you're from Oregon? keep your ideas in oregon maybe. Oregon, a state that doesn't even trust their residents to pump their own gas. Too funny. Maybe the locals should have the say in this matter. It's an idea that's long overdue. If done correctly, there will be minimal damage to the land. We scar mountains for pipelines all the time so that corporate fat cats can get richer selling oil and gas, so why can't we do this for the enjoyment of the people.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Nov. 17, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    I agree with Quayle. This is a very exciting idea. I would LOVE to ride it. The scenery would be fantastic. It would be a big boon for the area economy. I hope they are able to beat back the naysayers. If Switzerland can do it, so can Utah.

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    Nov. 17, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    Quayle, you must be either joking or a liberal. Keep those ideas in Texas i guess.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Reminds me of something I was reading the other day that associated environmental degradation with greed. I doubt Brigham Young would think much of this project.

  • SP Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    I'm all for this. And a link from Snowbird to Solitude next.

    As a local I can't imagine using it. But then again, the resorts like Canyons are priced and designed for tourists so they probably don't worry about the local traffic.

  • MVH Farmington, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Bad idea.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    @ERDoc, you set up a nice straw man arguement. No one is suggesting that the proposed tram will reduce road congestion for someone who just wants to visit the Solitude Resort. The target demographic here is the multi-resort skier. Assuming that you have to have a pass at both resorts to ride the tram, your scenario of Canyons pass-holders just going up Big Cottonwood (a narrower, slower route than I-80 to begin with), is pure fantasy.

  • ERDoc Park City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    The suggestion that Ski Link would decrease traffic in Big Cottonwood Canyon doesn't make a lot of sense. Canyons states that the trip between the resort and Solitude would take about 11 minutes, a claim which, given the proposed location for the Ski Link starting point at Canyons, seems a bit disingenuous.

    From what little information I can find on this on the Canyons site, it looks like the Canyons starting point for the lift will be south of the Daybreak lift. If one were to start from the Canyons parking lot, this means taking a total of 5 lifts just to get to this point--a process which requires about 30 minutes, depending on crowds. So if your destination is Solitude, this will take about the same amount of time as driving there.

    The real access advantage appears to be Solitude to Canyons--the Ski Link takes off from the parking lot at Solitude and places skiers in this area of Canyons which typically requires multiple lifts to access--a feature which may potentially entice Canyons passholders in the Salt Lake Valley to utilize the Solitude access point, thus increasing Big Cottonwood traffic.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    I am 110% behind this project, and I have am neither skier nor snowboarder. I think this could be great for the local economy in tough economic times, and I believe the environmental impact will be minimal, if not net positive.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 17, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    Follow the money on this idea ....

  • Quayle Dallas, TX
    Nov. 17, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    If you want to be world class, you have to look to those that are world class. The Swiss have linked their resorts with gondolas and trams into mega-resorts, and it doesn't seem to hurt the environment of Switzerland at all.

    I don't know why Utah hasn't linked all the resorts together - Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Park City, - all of them.

    And why isn't there a train going up Little Cottonwood Canyon to cut down on the car traffic?

    What better way would there be than to ban cars up Little Cottonwood Canyon all together? Put a good train up there and trams to Park City