For the third year in a row, Park City Mountain Resort is selling season passes with a caveat related to the lawsuit against its landlord, Talisker Land Holdings, LLC. For the 2014-2015 ski season, the caveat says PCMR “plans to operate business as usual” during the next ski season. If that is not the case and the resort is shut down for all or part of the season, the caveat says, season passes will be refunded on a prorated basis. If PCMR is closed for the season, the entire price of a season pass will be refunded.
The caveat’s wording is slightly different than the one attached to the material last year. The marketing materials released as PCMR was selling season passes for the 2013-2014 season included a sentence that Talisker Land Holdings, LLC “has stated publicly numerous times that it will not interfere with Park City Mountain Resort’s ability to operate.”
But in response to the eviction notice Talisker Land Holdings LLC served on PCMR last August, no such assurances appear on the new season passes. The landlord Talisker in March filed a motion in 3rd District Court in anticipation of eventually acting upon the eviction notice if upcoming rulings are in its favor. PCMR, meanwhile, recently indicated in a court filing it intends to dismantle and remove most of the ski lifts if it is forced off the land. Talisker asserts that PCMR does not have the right to remove the ski lifts.
Of course, it is Vail Resorts that is hovering in the background of the litigation. Vail Resort’s agreement to operate neighboring Canyons Resort would be expanded to include the disputed terrain at PCMR if Talisker previals.
PCMR spokesperson Krista Parry said the resort is confident that nothing that happens in the lawsuit could imperil a PCMR ski season for at least a year based on the amount of time the case will take and the possibility of an appeal.