Originally Posted by nathanvg
As someone who has skied the big interconnected Europe ski areas, I think many people won’t venture far from there “base” ski area but that doesn’t mean the interconnect has limited value. Bigger ski areas are very attractive to destination skiers. Even just a PC/Canyons/DR connection could be a big boost to those areas.
One major point that I don’t think has been mentioned is that the areas that benefit most from the One Wasatch connection are Brighton and Solitude. They’re both centrally located and existing lodging would greatly increase in value. I’m also pretty sure both could expand lodging significantly on private land.
Personally, I’ve never really considered lodging at Solitude because the area is too small for a whole trip (despite some really good skiing there). But if it was connected to Alta, I’d consider it as strongly as Alta or SB lodging.
Deer valley’s purchase could turn out to be really smart.
Deer Valley is in an expansion mode, and has access to capital for the 1000 acre expansion and the purchase of Solitude. Solitude was not making money and capital expenditures were needed (lift replacements) with expansion out of the question. Deer Valley is now the little brother to the combined PCMR-Vail resorts, regardless of the past gaper magazine rankings. If the price was right the sale to Deer Valley was likely a win-win.
So now there are only 5 owners of the 7 mountains, and all want the same thing. I imagine the Vail deal with the Cumming family over PCMR had discussions about One Wasatch thrown in.
Deer Valley will add 4 or 5 new lifts and the new terrain starting in 2017, plus a link into Main Street from Silver Lake Lodge. That link into Park City (the City, not the resort) is a big thing for the tourist experience, even if DV ends up charging for the ride. Vail will find a way to link PCMR and Canyons real soon, and replace some of the aging PCMR lifts. There is no need for lift replacement at Canyons. It is unknown for now what the Cumming family will do with Snowbird. I imagine whatever is done will keep the character of the place while allowing for expansion. John Cumming enjoyed being in the skiing limelight when times were better, and I can't see him quietly walking away. He will want to expand lodging and skier days. His new mountain is the logical place for LCC skiers to stay, and additional/improved lodging can be put in while maintaining the character of the place keeping Dick Bass happy.
I imagine PCMR- Brighton is the next link after PCMR-Canyons because it is so direct. Deer Valley and PCMR can drop their boundary ropes anytime, but that won't happen at least until the new lift is put into Main Street.
It is all starting to happen piece-by-piece even if it is not under the banner of, "One Wasatch.".