Things are hopping in Utah. On Wednesday, leaders of Utah’s ski industry unveiled “One Wasatch,” a proposal to interconnect seven Wasatch ski resorts via lifts and runs. When completed, it will offer the largest lift-served ski experience in North America. Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and Canyons are participating, along with Alta, Brighton, Solitude and Snowbird.
This news arrives quickly on the heels of the announcement that Deer Valley Resort in Park City plans to add 1,000 acres of ski terrain with five or six new lifts. The new addition will be located on the resort’s east side below the Sultan Express and Mayflower lift on Bald Mountain. With this addition, Deer Valley will offer more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. A new lodge, dining area and possibly lodging will be built in the new base area. The anticipated start date for the project is 2017. The project is expected to be complete in five years and cost an estimated $50 million.
And of course, in the background is the ongoing saga of Talisker Land Holdings’ lawsuit against Park City Mountain Resort. Talisker filed a motion in 3rd District Court on Friday in anticipation of eventually acting upon an eviction notice served on the resort last summer. Vail Resorts is overseeing the Talisker Land Holdings, LLC side of the case as part of its long-term deal to operate Canyons Resort. PCMR still hopes to negotiate a settlement with Vail Resorts, though PCMR acknowledges that Vail has not offered a serious settlement proposal.
If Judge Ryan Harris sides with Talisker Land Holdings, LLC in upcoming rulings, PCMR would be found to be unlawfully occupying the terrain that makes up much of the resort’s acreage. Talisker Land Holdings, LLC could press for an eviction under that scenario.