New Resort Battleground: Park City

PCMR sues Canyons owner over land lease. Claims resort might not open next year.
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Park City region looks to have replaced Tahoe, for the moment at least, as the hot battleground for resorts. Park City Mountain Resort sued Talisker Land Holdings earlier this month over renegotiation of a long-term lease that expired in 2011. Talisker is a major landowner of PCMR, along with other property in the greater Park City area.

Adding to the intrigue, Talisker operates neighboring Canyons resort, a major PCMR rival. Talisker is no stranger to resort controversy, as it outmaneuvered Vail Resorts to purchased Canyons in 2007, with Vail unsuccessfully suing to prevent the sale.

PCMR quickly took the lease controversy before the court of public opinion, launching the website supportPCMR.com, which includes the statement on its opening page: “Simply put, if we lose this suit, or an agreement isn’t reached, Park City Mountain Resort will be forced to close.” Canyons Managing Director Mike Goar, who is the Talisker spokesman for the dispute, said the company was “shocked” over the lawsuit, and considers the lease negotiations as ongoing. Here’s the latest on the battle from the Park City Record.

Look for more controversy in Park City, and Utah snow country. The long-contemplated concept of connecting many of the neighboring ski resorts in the state is gaining ground—or at least gaining more serious discussion at higher levels than ever before. Two resorts in the middle of the interconnect debate: Canyons and PCMR. Is the lease controversy indirectly connected to the recent push for the resort interconnect? We'll see as the dots are connected.

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