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Spring Reflections ONE Wasatch

The big news last week was an announcement by Ski Utah that the long proposed ski interconnect is back alive under the name of “ONE Wasatch.” This is an ambitious proposal to connect all seven Central Wasatch Resorts, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Canyons, Park City and Deer Valley by ski lifts and ski runs with one pass. When, and the big if, this occurs we would offer over 18,000 acres, 100 lifts and more than 750 ski runs on one ski pass. It would then be possible to ski from Deer Valley to Snowbird and back by lifts and runs. While there will be many environmental reports to file and opposition from back country skiers to overcome, the physical process is not very difficult. As we currently stand, the seven resorts could be connected with 5-6 lifts as many of the resorts are already connected or share common boundaries. This would give Utah the largest amount and most variety of terrain of any resort in North America and put us on par with the European resorts who have embraced this for many years (decades). Stay tuned as this will be very interesting, but the concept does seem to have gathered momentum.

The latest on the ongoing battle between Talisker/Vail and Park City Mountain Resort is that Vail has made PCMR an offer to purchase the resorts base area and water rights for fair market value. PCMR has replied that they have no intention of ever selling to Vail and are ready to take their chance in court. This one is heating up fast as there are several important court decisions about to come down in the next couple of months.