Originally Posted by RunSki
Billing Ski Link (not One Wasatch, but just Ski Link) as a transportation solution that would save untold trips to the Cottonwood Canyons, as if everyone that would drive to the Cottonwood Canyons would buy a Canyons lift ticket just to get to Solitude isn't an outright lie? Trying to get a bill passed in congress for a few acres of land after they couldn't do it through other means isn't a backdoor tactic? I certainly don't subscribe to the views of Save Our Canyons all the time; in fact some times they are down right crazy (i.e. opposing the new cell phone towers in BCC). I am for allowing resorts to expand, I just think they should be honest and go through the proper channels.
As for the legal dispute, I really don't have any skin in the game. From what I can tell, PCMR probably screwed up and is doing what they can to hold on. Lease/Owner disputes are one thing. Talisker's tactics to take public land without going through the proper channels are another.
You are, of course distorting facts. The argument made was not that everyone would purchase a Canyons ticket, but that it would eliminate the need for driving from Park City to the Cottonwood resorts, which would be a good thing from an environmental perspective and from a time concern. From Straightchuter:
"At the heart of the problem is that the Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) road is a narrow, winding, steep, two-lane mountain road which is threatened by 36+ avalanche paths and it happens to be located in one of the highest snow-load areas in the United States. This in itself this isn’t a problem, except that the highest traffic demands usually occur right after the highest snow events as thousands of people hurry-up and wait to get in line for the 9:00am opening bell at Alta and Snowbird."
So SkiLink made the argument that it could be environmentally friendly, which is true from a traffic perspective. That is not a lie but an argument. If you make the argument that the ski lift connecting Solitude and Canyons would also pollute since coal is needed to run the power plant that supplies the electricity, that would also be an argument and not a lie.
I agree with you that the resorts need to go through proper channels. That is what doomed Ski Link and rightfully so. It may be brought back and likely will at some point, but it will happen after One Wasatch.