The battle to control Utah snow is getting hotter by the day as ski season approaches. Talisker Corp., which owns Canyons Resort and recently agreed to a 50-year lease with Vail Resorts to run the place, served Park City Mountain Resort with documents stating the resort must leave the premises by Monday or the duo may face off in court, according to news reports.
Talisker and PCMR have been in litigation for years revolving around the land on which PCMR operates but Talisker owns. PCMR reportedly attempted to extend the land lease in 2011, but Talisker says the resort missed the extension deadline, thus nullifying the contract. One of the documents Park City Mountain Resort reportedly received Wednesday accuses the resort of backdating a lease-extension letter in an attempt to deceive Talisker.
Jenni Smith, PCMR’s president and general manager, ties this eviction notice to Vail Resorts.
“Vail's eviction notice is nothing more than a bald faced attempt to circumvent the litigation already in process and interfere with our business,” Smith says in a statement. “We will not give in to Vail's bullying and look forward to conducting business as usual for the 2013-14 season.”
Vail Resorts responded with the following statement from Kelly Ladyga, Vail Resorts’ corporate communications vice president:
"As we have previously stated, under the terms of our agreement with Talisker in connection with our lease of the Canyons, we have assumed oversight of the litigation between Talisker Land Holdings LLC and Park City Mountain Resort. We have an obligation to protect and preserve Talisker’s and our interest in this matter. We are concerned with the behavior that Park City Mountain Resort has demonstrated in this situation,” Ladyga says.
“Talisker issued Park City Mountain Resort the Notice to Quit as a necessary legal step to bring this issue to the Court and we anticipate that there will be a number of actions required to bring this dispute to closure. With that said, there is no intent by Talisker to take any action that would prevent PCMR's ability to operate their resort during the upcoming 2013-2014 ski season. We are very cognizant of the importance of this situation to the entire Park City community and we look forward to bringing this situation and its uncertainty to a conclusion," she says.