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.
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.
Let's connect up to aspen while we're at it. Does the whole world need
to be connected?
Water shed is and will be the most important consideration for any development.
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.
@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.
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.
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
Did I miss something? Are they asking for public funds? Or are they going to
finance it themselves?
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.
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.