Ski resorts align on proposed 'interconnect'

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  • SP Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:39 p.m.

    Imagine that you are a tourist staying at Deer Valley. You wake up in the morning and decide to try some runs at Snowbird. At 1:00 pm you finally have made the long trip across about 10 chair lifts and are at Snowbird. Then you realize you don't have time to make it back to the hotel before the resorts close.

    I love this concept and the attention it will bring to Utah. But realistically, how many people are going to want to pay $5-10 extra to do some runs in a second resort?

    The main downside I see is that a resort like Brighton is going to want to raise it's rates to be on par with the other resorts.

  • SummitHigh Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    To Red Smith, the occasional poor air quality issue is not yet where most of us would like it to be. However, it is better now than it has been for decades, and that with the tremendous population growth that the Wasatch Front has seen in the past 60 years. What makes us think that we can't continue improving the air for the next 50+ years?

    Water will likely be the bigger challenge.

    For myself, I would love to see ONE Wasatch succeed, particularly if they figure out a way to make a season pass for locals more affordable. Colorado can do it cheaply because the resorts are far from the major metro areas. Not that many people can take off from work or school, or every Saturday, when you factor in fuel prices and several hours of travel time. It is different here in Utah. Crowd management would be much more of an issue should (relatively) affordable season passes become available to Utah residents. For now, sadly, most of us are priced out of skiing much at our fabulous resorts 20 minutes up the canyon.

  • Donald Duck Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Did I miss something? Are they asking for public funds? Or are they going to finance it themselves?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 20, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    This is a ridiculous idea. Please leave the small amount of untouched mountains in Utah alone. Development doesn't need to the the centerpiece of every little slot of land. Utah used to have wild spaces. They are disappearing at an alarming rate.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Utah - The American Alps is in Utah's future. SLC's massive Airport expansion, SLC's aggressive Hive passes, SLC's super mass transportation projects have laid the foundation for a ski interconnect in Salt Lake County.

    There are plans for railroads up the canyon. Great plan wrong location.

    Salt Lake County and Utah County are over built now, because the airshed in these counties has exceeded its human carrying capacity. Salt Lake City can't become a Denver, because the Wasatch Front is an air bowl. Our air is toxic now. Inviting the world to a toxic air bowl may not be good marketing for jobs or tourism.

    The State planners need to find other areas of Utah to develop outside of Salt Lake and Utah Counties. No more development in Salt Lake County and Utah County is not a popular idea or election talking point.

    The Wasatch Front may have the snow for an interconnect, but not the air.

    Utah-The American Alps is a good idea, but in the wrong location. Utah has 25 under developed counties for Utah-The American Alps. The planners may consider growing this project outside of Salt Lake and Utah County.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    @My2Cents - okay, connect to Tibet or at Mt Everest which we all know those climbers their did some damage (or a lot a damage). You sound like Sierra Club but it does makes sense about watershed and pollution. Well, you won't see me skiing anytime soon because I am close to being old and blind. But why not just connect two with Brighton and Solutude and as well with those three Canyon/PC/DV. SB and Alta already done so.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 20, 2014 4:45 a.m.

    They haven't even touched on the property owners rights and how they plan to enforce eminent domain for access to property and overhead blights and dropping of skiers waste on the landscape. This is not such and easy open and closed case of violation of forest and watershed property, it violates the rights of property owners for private business who think they can just come along and blight property and air space and dump waste on the ground below it. This idea will turn old growth pristine forests into uncontrolled development with no oversight or protections for the wilderness.

    Money is not worth land destruction and loss of the beauty of this state.

    What most people don't regalia is the trash and waste being dumped on the ground from ski lifts. They should go up in the spring time and take a look at the trash and junk that skiers leave behind on the Wasatch mountains and our watershed. It is something we should be alarmed about and how it will affect Utah citizens. Its not all about skiing, they are talking about abusing watershed and the beauty and safety of wildlife in our hills.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    March 19, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    Water shed is and will be the most important consideration for any development.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    Let's connect up to aspen while we're at it. Does the whole world need to be connected?

  • Winter Park City, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    Now if they actually try and build the proposed lifts to link LCC, BCC and PC with Canyons... Oh man, all heck will break loose I'm sure. This makes Ski Link look like it was just a rope tow being added to Gorgoza park.
    On that note, I was at the press conference today, and the one thing that was mentioned with certainty was that the Ski Link concept had been shelved as Canyons and Solitude have decided to focus on the One Wasatch plan.

  • Winter Park City, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:14 p.m.

    Before everyone blows up about this, be aware that beyond saying "Hey, we would like to work together on this." Nothing was actually announced about making any part of this plan actually happen. Even the idea of selling a single season pass that would work at all the resorts was considered something many many years out. While a few resorts might team up to get the ball rolling faster (Brighton, Solitude) other like Alta/Snowbird don't have to do anything for the moment since they are already linked.
    Deer Valley and PC, while on each others edge up at Empire/Mcconkeys would need a Alta/Bird style gate because of snowboarders, and Deer Valley commented on the major issue (for them) of their limited ticket sale policy and not wanting to overcrowd the slopes. So even the simple PC/DV combination is not as simple as just "dropping the rope".

    Basically nothing has changed. They all want it to happen, but there is zero time table for any of this "concept" to actually happen.