Utah Governor 'Leaning Toward' Massive Gondola For Little Cottonwood Canyon

Utah Governor 'Leaning Toward' Massive Gondola For Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Utah Governor 'Leaning Toward' Massive Gondola For Little Cottonwood Canyon

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*Featured Image shows the 3-S Gondola at Ischgl. A similar sized gondola is being considered for Little Cottonwood Canyon.*

The Desert News is reporting that Utah governor Spencer Cox is ‘leaning toward’ an 8 mile gondola to alleviate traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

“I’m very interested in the gondola proposal… I will tell you, that’s where I’ve been leaning just with everything that I’ve read.”

The gondola would reportedly take 30 minutes to reach Snowbird, or 40 minutes to reach Alta, and be comprised of 30 cars with ample seating.

Sounds like a great idea, right? Not so fast…

Critics worry that constructing a gondola could just increase the number of people who travel to the ski resorts, and not help to decrease the number of skiers traveling up the LCC road.

A rendering shows a gondola base station proposed to be built east of the La Caille restaurant at 9565 S. Wasatch Blvd., in Sandy It’s one of five proposals included as viable options for transportation solutions in Little Cottonwood Canyon, according to a Utah Department of Transportation environmental impact study.

A rendering of the proposed gondola base at the La Cacille restaurant

Governor Cox has reportedly earmarked $50 million for dealing with transportation issues in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons for when the time comes. Government agencies are actively exploring the viability of installing a gondola, a cog railway, or enhanced bus services for LCC.

Which option do you think should be implemented to help with traffic in Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons? Or should nothing be done at all?

 

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