Outside Magazine Hears from Peter Metcalf

‎”Contrary to what its boosters would have you believe, SkiLink, which is currently prohibited by U.S. Forest Service and Salt Lake City master plans, would not be a meaningful solution to easing traffic and congestion between Park City and the Cottonwood Canyons.”

You can read his article here. Thanks again, Peter Metcalf, and Black Diamond Equipment Ltd, for your unceasing efforts to preserve the Wasatch.

SkiLink… Or, How I stopped skiing and learned to love riding lifts

SkiLink is a proposed “transportation system” between two Utah resorts (Canyons and Solitude Mountain Resort). Creatively pitched as a mode of transportation, rather than a ski area expansion (resorts are known for elaborate PR schemes) in a failed attempt to soften the blow to locals who cherish the wildness and beauty of the Wasatch Range. With 3″ of fresh powder, a couple of us decided to fork over our hard earned cash ($96/person) to witness the idiosyncrasies of the proposed “transportation lift” nestled high above the mansions of “The Colony,” the exclusive gated community & terminus (or starting point) of SkiLink.

***Editors Note: No powder was harmed, or even touched during the filming of this video.

Hello, and thank you for visiting.

Welcome. We are a group of concerned citizens, from all over the political spectrum. Some of us ski primarily in the backcountry, some of us ski primarily in resorts. Some of us mountain bike, some of us hike. Each of us is concerned with the proposed, forced sale of public lands in Salt Lake County to Talisker, a Canadian real estate developer, in an effort to connect Canyons Resort, in Summit County, to Solitude Mountain Resort, in Salt Lake County. It purports to reduce transportation, although few are convinced. If successful, SkiLink will result in development along a corridor at the eastern edge of the photograph above (photo curtesy of Christian Paul).

The proposal is opposed by the USFS (the current owner of the property in question), Salt Lake County, and Salt Lake City, together with Save Our Canyons and many Utah residents for any number of reasons, including, among many others: (i) the supply of public land in the Wasatch is limited; (ii) the construction will likely degrade the watershed and lead to more development; (iii) the project, if it is about transportation rather than resort expansion, is the least desirable of many alternatives; (iv) the sale process averts NEPA.

If you hike, bike, ski, photograph, or enjoy water from the Wasatch (where almost all water in Salt Lake County comes from), please join in the effort to stop SkiLink using the links to your right. Together we can force a public process that properly weighs the competing and important interests.

Thank you for visiting.