Utah Senate Pushes Seven-Resort Interconnect

Utah politicians cast their vote to connect Canyons and Solitude ski resorts. But what does it really mean for skiers?
Ski Link

Looks like we know which side Utah's legislative entity falls on in the connect-'em-or-not debate. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution calling for a connection between seven of the state's ski resorts, citing environmental and tourism benefits should such a link be built. The vocal opposition didn't waste time piping up, citing fears of overcrowding the canyons and marring the backcountry experience. Not that any of this really matters. The resolution is non-binding, just a show of support from the Senate, and doesn't even specify how the resorts should be connected, saying instead that "an interconnect would reduce traffic and air pollution, protect the watershed and let skiers visit multiple resorts in a day," according to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune.

More based in reality is Ski Link, an initiative unveiled late last year proposing a chairlift between Canyons and Solitude resorts. A bill currently in Washington would force the U.S. Forest Service to sell property in Big Cottonwood Canyon, near Solitude, to Canyons Resort owner Talisker Corporation so such a chairlift could conceivably be built.

So is there a European-style ski circus in Utah's future? That's a big maybe. Right now it's just a circus. Watch this space as the drama unfolds.


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