Environment & Public Lands
2:08 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Interest Fading in SkiLink Project

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  Support for the SkiLink – a tram that would connect Park City with Big Cottonwood Canyon – appears to be fading away.  

The Salt Lake Tribune reports members of Utah’s Congressional delegation have backed off their support for a bill to sell 30 acres of Forest Service land on the crest of the Wasatch Range for the SkiLink project . . . and a new management deal signed by the owners of the Canyons ski resort could also mean diminished interest in pursuing the idea.

The project had a lot of vocal opponents, including Carl Fisher of Save Our Canyons.  He’s delighted the SkiLink project appears to be losing momentum.  Instead, he supports what’s called Wasatch Summit, a long-term planning process for transportation and other issues in the canyons near Utah’s urban and resort areas.

“Save Our Canyons is participating in this Wasatch Summit," Fisher tells KUER.  "That’s where we want to focus our energy, being pro-active instead of reactive to proposals that are seemingly myopic.”

The Wasatch Summit planning process grew out of efforts by Salt Lake County to plan for growth in the Wasatch canyons, but also includes efforts by the Forest Service, Park City, the town of Alta and other stakeholders to coordinate their long-term vision.