The idea of bringing the Salt Lake City area mountain resorts figuratively closer may get a boost from the Utah legislature.
The Utah Senate will soon vote on a resolution that encouraged the counties of Summit and Salt Lake, the town of Alta and the U.S. Forest Service to work together to come up with a “low-impact” transportation system among the seven resorts that sit within those jurisdictions, according to news reports.
The resolution drew immediate fire from Save Our Canyons, a conservation group that has battled with commercial interests over various plans to build lifts to make it easier for skiers and snowboarders to get from one resort to another. The group said that the legislators were “representing corporations over what people want” and that a transportation study is already under way in Salt Lake County.
The resolution, drafted by Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, who represents Sandy that sits at the entrance to Little and Big Cottonwood canyons, said the interconnection would reduce traffic and air pollution, protect watersheds and let skiers visit multiple resorts in a day.
Recently, Talisker Corp. that owns Canyons Resort presented a proposal that would link Canyons and Solitude Mountain with a gondola over the ridge between them. Over the years, discussions have been ongoing for lifts to connect Little and Big Cottonwood canyons, and supporters say it would give the Wasatch resorts an advantage over other North American resorts.
For a look at the resolution, click here.