The proposed Skilink Gondola that would connect Canyons Ski Resort in Park City,UT to Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon may be running up against more opposition than just the folks at Save Our Canyons. The Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for the Forest Service, Gregory Smith, Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker, and Salt Lake City Public Utilitiy Director Jeff Niermeyer are all strongly against the proposed lift. I am guessing non of these fellas do a lot of skiing, but they do have the power to block the project for years. I can see both sides of this one and I am not sure how I feel about a lift over the top on the Crest Trail. Connecting our resorts like Europe would be pretty cool, but might just lead to more congestion on the hill and eye sores….What do you think?
The U.S. Forest Service told Congress Friday that a proposed ski lift connecting two Utah resorts would mar the alpine backcountry, split a roadless area in two and leave a narrow corridor of private land in the middle of a national forest.
Acting deputy chief of staff Gregory Smith of the Forest Service said federal officials opposes legislation introduced last month by Utah’s Republican delegation that would authorize the land sale for a two-mile-long gondola linking the Canyons Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort.