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Park City Mountain Resort Receives Eviction Notice

Park City Mountain Resort Receives Eviction Notice

Talisker Corp. allegedly gives PCMR until Monday to vacate the land on which they operate.
By Ryan Dionne
posted: 08/29/2013
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The battle to control Utah snow is getting hotter by the day as ski season approaches.  Talisker Corp., which owns Canyons Resort and recently agreed to a 50-year lease with Vail Resorts to run the place, served Park City Mountain Resort with documents stating the resort must leave the premises by Monday or the duo may face off in court, according to news reports.

Talisker and PCMR have been in litigation for years revolving around the land on which PCMR operates but Talisker owns. PCMR reportedly attempted to extend the land lease in 2011, but Talisker says the resort missed the extension deadline, thus nullifying the contract. One of the documents Park City Mountain Resort reportedly received Wednesday accuses the resort of backdating a lease-extension letter in an attempt to deceive Talisker.

Jenni Smith, PCMR’s president and general manager, ties this eviction notice to Vail Resorts.

“Vail's eviction notice is nothing more than a bald faced attempt to circumvent the litigation already in process and interfere with our business,” Smith says in a statement. “We will not give in to Vail's bullying and look forward to conducting business as usual for the 2013-14 season.”

Vail Resorts responded with the following statement from Kelly Ladyga, Vail Resorts’ corporate communications vice president:

"As we have previously stated, under the terms of our agreement with Talisker in connection with our lease of the Canyons, we have assumed oversight of the litigation between Talisker Land Holdings LLC and Park City Mountain Resort. We have an obligation to protect and preserve Talisker’s and our interest in this matter. We are concerned with the behavior that Park City Mountain Resort has demonstrated in this situation,” Ladyga says.

“Talisker issued Park City Mountain Resort the Notice to Quit as a necessary legal step to bring this issue to the Court and we anticipate that there will be a number of actions required to bring this dispute to closure. With that said, there is no intent by Talisker to take any action that would prevent PCMR's ability to operate their resort during the upcoming 2013-2014 ski season. We are very cognizant of the importance of this situation to the entire Park City community and we look forward to bringing this situation and its uncertainty to a conclusion," she says.

reviews of Park City Mountain Resort Receives Eviction Notice
BAD FORM by Canyons Resort and Talisker--both of which have trampled into Utah and carved what used to be quaint, rustic tradition into mega-resort hell! The Wasatch Back looks more like Disneyland now that ski resorts nestled into the wilderness. Canyons Resort spans and destroys thousands of acres of once untouched land!!!! Further, Talisker--hand in hand with Deer Valley--have had a huge hand in skyrocketing the cost of ski passes here well above $100.00 PER DAY!!! Even though it may look like the famed Disneyland, not even Disneyland (open about double the time per day as a ski resort) costs THAT much! BAD FORM!!! Park City was here FIRST... before Deer Valley and Canyons Resort mucked up the place. Talisker: GO AWAY!!!
There was a time, believe it or not, before the RESORTS came, when a family of four operating with a modest income could actually afford to take off for the mountains for a few days and SKI. Sadly, with the advent of these increasingly glitzy resorts, with hot tubs all round, brew pubs, bar restaurants, five star amenities, with prices through the roof, these common folk have been pretty much priced out of the top end ski market unless they mortgage the ranch, sleep in a motel miles from the mountain, but even then, they still must pay that exorbitant daily fee to ski. Don't get me wrong, skiing was never a cheap sport. But doing it the way we did it in college, on the very cheap, can't be applied to any normal family today when nothing is cheap and the boarding houses have become dinosaurs. We keep telling ourselves that someday the mega resorts will cave to a new reality, that the number of super rich can't be expanding at a rate sufficient to fill all the incredibly expensive ski resorts and keep them profitable. Until then, folks scrape by on the periphery, while names like Park City and Vail for a ski week remain well out of reach of their budgets.
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