2-mile gondola may connect Canyons, Solitude resorts

Proposed $10 million line reopens debate on bridging ski areas

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 26, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    Plenty of fearmongering going on here from environmental wackos....countless studies have shown that ski areas have a negligible impact on watershed. And we're not even talking about a ski area here - all we're talking about is one gondola where the only impact is installing a handful of lift towers. It's not like people will be skiing down this terrain...they'll just be moving to a different ski resort which is already there.

    And what do you get in return? Increased tourism and a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. I'm not sure how Save Our Canyons even has a leg to stand on here; the gondola wouldn't even be visible unless you happened to be standing right next to it.

  • David DuBois PARK CITY, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 6:27 p.m.

    All of this talk about destroying the mountains is absurd poppycock propaganda meant to incite fear by extreme environmentalists. As an avid user of the Wasatch -climber, biker, skier, backpacker, etc., I can honestly say that nothing could be further from the truth. The installation of several lift towers will have the end result of eliminating millions of car trips up and down Big Cottonwood Canyon. That is a net-gain for the environment, locals, and tourists. I've hiked, skied and biked the proposed Skilink corridor many, many times, and simply don't find this excellent project will be as intrusive as the detractors would want everyone to believe.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 2:34 a.m.

    That's a lot ($10 million dollars PAC funds), to overcome of the Republicans in Utah, and it may be more PAC funds than the people can voice to oppose such an absurd and destructive idea in our water shed foothills. After the last several years of a declining ski industry and snow fall, I don't think the Utah should be putting that kind of money into a no return investment.

    Not only is it absurd as an idea its also absurd to believe that any of the $10 million will help the Utah economy as 95% of the money will go to China, Asia, Mexico, business partners of our elected politicians operating in those countries. Jobs? Means putting 20,000 foreign nationals to work without pay for gratuity as wages and guaranteed 20,000 more welfare positions.

    The land will be free without any encumbrances, easements, or rights of way to pay for, so the $10 million is payoff for the legislators PAC funding.

  • KarenSp Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    Actually we can do something to stop SkiLink. There are a growing number of businesses, civic leaders, and individuals who are joining together to stop the destruction of the pristine trails and forest areas that would be affected by SkiLink There is a lot of information on Save Our Canyons website. Together we can stop this thing!

    Nov. 24, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    The way i see it is none of you people in Utah have a thing to complain about if this go's threw. And the reason i say that is if your to lazy to do any thing but push the red (R) button when voteing. The stop complaining about your esteamed politician because he the best money can buy.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Skilink is nothing but a land grab for the Canyons, disguised as a enhanced skiing experience(as if riding for an hour each way @ an extra $80.00 is your idea of enhanced). Our esteemed Utah politicians, in the pockets of developers, want to force the US Forest Service to sell our land to a Canadian developer, Talisker. Sounds real patriotic from our Republican leaders, doesn't it?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Nov. 24, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    What a terrible way to ruin the back country to benefit such a small group of people. Too lazy to drive around the mountain?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    We're going to destroy some wonderfully beautiful lands, damage a vital watershed, all for the profits of a few.

    One more example of the GOP's peculiar brand of socialism: Socialize the expenses and privatize the profits.

    And note that one of Utah's leading socialists, Rob Bishop, is helping to push this along.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 11:51 p.m.

    The only people who want this are people not from Utah and have no concern for the beauty of our canyons.

    It makes absolutely no sense to destroy natural terrain to put in a gondola to take skiers from Park City to Solitude. From Salt Lake, skiers can get to several world class ski resorts within 30 minutes. It doesn't take that long to drive from Park City to both Big and Little Cottonwood canyons.

    This gondola idea would only be used by a small portion of tourists staying at either the Canyons or Park City. Not worth what the rest of us would lose in the process.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    Destroy a mountain. Damage a watershed. Socialize the expense and privatize the profits.

    Sounds like exactly the kind of thing Rob Bishop and his GOP friends would support.

    But good for America?


    Good for Utah?


    But it will make money for somebody. And isn't that what's really important?