1) It is safe to buy a seasons pass at PCMR. They will refund the money if the hill doesn't open, and there is nothing to suggest management won't do this.
2) MTN is paying $25 million per year for the privilege of running Canyons. A few years ago Katz's Vail Resorts was outbid by Talisker when he offered $110 million for Canyons. So Katz has a history of not paying too much because he never paid too much for anything else, yet he seemingly went bonkers with Canyons. Therefore, he must be really, really confident Vail Resorts is eventually getting PCMR (Vail is Talisker's tenant). Increasing skier days by 50% should be no big deal at Canyons, but that just makes the deal slightly profitable and makes no sense at all without PCMR and the synergies that come with owning those 7800 combined acres with or without One Wasatch. He believes getting PCMR is a lock, and it is sounding like it is. The question is how long the appeals take, if there are any.
3) Ian Cumming does not live in Utah, but John Cumming does. This whole "local" vs. "foreigner" nonsense started when PCMR put up their anti-Talisker website ( http://www.supportpcmr.com). The idea that Bistricer is "foreign" and, therefore," bad for Park City" is laughable considering the local people Talisker employees in resort operations, the restaurants, as contractors, as suppliers, etc. But PCMR is in a corner, and they have to frame their argument to gather support somehow. I am sure I am not the only person who views the meaning of the word "foreigner" (the way it is being used toward Bistricer) in a much darker context, particularly since "dirty hands" and "money grubbing" is usually used in the same sentence. For some, blood libel can't be far behind. . That won't fly with Katz, because his MTN is listed on the NYSE. Therefore, he cannot be a "foreigner."
4) The environmental argument for an interconnect between the Cottonwoods and the Park City resorts is valid for anyone who made the drive on a powder day. How valid is debatable, but it is an argument.
5) None of us want lift lines, but One Wasatch isn't our call since it will be through private land.
6) One Wasatch can't move forward without PCMR since they are a hub for three links (four resorts total). One Wasatch can't move forward unless the lease dispute is settled.
7) You can bet Cumming won't make the same mistake twice.
8) Snowbird ownership is with the Cumming family and not Powdr for a reason. My guess is that it has to do with keeping the season pass pricing higher or that it has something to do with a family dynasty of skiing if Powdr is someday sold. Perhaps Powdr files Chapter 11 if Vail prevails and wants profits for the past few years? Regardless, there is a reason why it was structured as a family purchase.