The resort that boasts the “most terrain open in Utah,” Park City Mountain Resort, will have to make do without a high-elevation stash– at least for the time being. An unidentified landowner who holds the lease to Scott’s Bowl and West Scott’s Bowl has declined to renew the lease on his land.
“The resort said the landowner “has chosen not to renew the lease” after an agreement was in place for longer than 14 years. The statement said the talks with the landowner continue, “but it is likely that this area will not open for the 2018-19 season.“
The private landowner is apparently able to do so because the parcel in question sits on what’s called The Silver King Mine Lease, and mining leases are not assessed the same way in the public record as are other parcels of land, at least in Utah’s Summit County, reports KCPW.
While terrain accessible from the Quicksilver Gondola midstation will reportedly be unaffected, terrain between Scott’s Bowl and the nearby run Constellation lies within the closure.
The reason for the landowner’s change of heart are not publicly known. Maybe he got tired of all those damn kids on his lawn, or maybe he’s struck it rich.