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SkiLink Gondola to Connect Canyons and Solitude Mountain Resort

SkiLink Gondola to Connect Canyons and Solitude Mountain Resort

A new gondola between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Park City area resorts will offer access to 6,000 acres of existing, interconnected terrain.
By Sally Francklyn
posted: 11/17/2011
Canyons ski link

A proposed gondola connection between the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back mountains will create a new type of ski resort network in the United States.

The eight-passenger SkiLink gondola will have the capacity to transport 1,000 people per hour each way and is projected to transport skiers between Canyons and Solitude Mountain Resort in just 11 minutes.

SkiLink is designed specifically as a transportation-only connection between Canyons and Solitude and will not impact backcountry skiers. SkiLink skiers and snowboarders will enter/exit the gondola at Canyons or Solitude. The gondola will not make any stops at any interim point where riders would exit.

A traffic analysis demonstrated SkiLink would reduce ski season traffic through Big Cottonwood Canyon by as much as 18,000 cars per year. Initially that means around 1 million fewer miles driven per year and around 1 million fewer pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

“The SkiLink vision has been in the works for many years and we are glad to be at a point where we can share the details of the proposed project and express our excitement and enthusiasm for the tremendous experience and benefits it offers for Utah and snowsport enthusiasts from around the globe,” said Mike Goar, managing director, Canyons Resort.

No season-pass partnerships have been announced yet, nor is there a timeline in place. The plans are in proposal stages at this time.

reviews of SkiLink Gondola to Connect Canyons and Solitude Mountain Resort
Sounds like a great idea. Park City will really be a great place to visit with access to 4 great mountains. I don't usually have enough time or motivation to drive when I am on vacation ( I drive enough every day), a direct connection between resorts is awesome.
This is a terrible idea! One of the great things about Solitude is that it is quiet compared to the other resorts ... we don't need anything bringing in more people from the other side of the Wasatch ... I don't even want to get into the environmental concerns involved in building the gondola, nor the detrimental effects it will have on the aesthetics of the Wasatch skyline. We need to keep the Wasatch heli-free, and now gondola-free.
I don't know much about the environmental plus and minuses, but hot damn. Sure does keep Utah at the top of our destination list. Always convenient and always great snow and terrain. We hop back and forth daily while in SLC and this is just an awesome way to spend a day skiing!!
First... And I quote, "A traffic analysis demonstrated SkiLink would reduce ski season traffic through Big Cottonwood Canyon by as much as 18,000 cars per year. Initially that means around 1 million fewer miles driven per year and around 1 million fewer pounds of greenhouse gas emissions." Who is really going to drive for 45 minutes to an hour to park at the Canyons just to take a lift over to Solitude? My background is years in the ski area business and was one of the first cat drivers/coordinators for a new idea in the 80's called an Cottonwood Canyon interconnect. It was between Brighton and Park City. Most skiers felt it was a waste of time as they were commuting more than skiing. To sell this idea as taking cars off the road is a joke. Currently there is bus service up Big Cottonwood. There is not bus service from Salt Lake to the Canyons Resort so those 18,000 cars will be driving twice the distance to the Canyons instead of 1/2 the distance to Solitude or not driving and using the bus, = more pollution not less. I was also President of a Water Company in Big Cottonwood Canyon and the effect of the water shed in BCC is not an issue and is not a reasonable point for or against. Especially since their is now a real sewer in Big Cottonwood. Joining both Canyons or all the Resorts is a great idea, but as I said if you have to spend 45 minutes on the lift and promise not to relieve yourself from the lift once in Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Ski Areas pay for this, not the Tax Payers then it sounds great. And yes Utah tourism will have more to brag about! The big goal is how to connect Park City, Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood in a way where if you get on in Park City you have time to make a run at Snowbird before you have to get back to Park City before they close!
SkiLink represents poor planning and back-room, Wahsington politics. If this happens, public land will be transferred to a Canadian corporation - Talisker. Nobody buys the line that SkiLink is a transportation solution that is going to reduce air pollution. We have great resort skiing at Solitude and The Canyons. Why ruin a good thing. SkiLink is not needed and represents a land grab that threatens sidecountry and backcountry skiing in the Wasatch. We can all go to Colorado for the mega resort experience. I enjoy both resort and backcountry skiing; SkiLink threatens that experience. I expect a higher environmental ethic from the resorts I choose to patronize.
This is a retched idea and the way that Talisker and the Canyons have gone about trying to grease it by the public is shameful. We all love skiing, but imagine this as one exclusive country club being joined to another via a forced sale of beautiful and coveted public lands so the county clubs could build a road between them and charge the public to use it. It has nothing to do with transportation and everything to do with raising Talisker's real estate values. The proposed tram would originate in the middle of an ultra exclusive multimillion dollar housing development (gated, no trespassing), would cross over a historic scenic trail (Wasatch Crest Trail), cross over a scenic highway (Big Cottonwood) and create a donut hole of public land encircled by private holdings, which would effectively limit or deny access to this area. To make matters worse, Talisker/Canyons bypassed the public process by making contributions to Utah legislators, most of whom are not even in the district this is supposed to be built in, and slipped it in as a bill to be decided by Congress. This land was never for sale in the first place, so Talisker/Canyons is effectively stealing it from the public. Proposals like this are an embarrassment to the skiing culture in general and to the Canyons in particular.
Let's see... it starts in a private gated community with limited access, costs $...96 per person per day to ride it, creates a donut hole of public property surrounded by private land, crosses a historic scenic trail, crosses a designated scenic highway, forces a sale of public lands that weren't for sale to begin with, promises to attract 75,000 new skiers a year while at the same time reducing traffic and pollution, and is being proposed by a secretive foreign real estate developer with a questionable local environment track record. Hmmm. Unless you are a lobbyist or paid-for-politiican, it's hard to see what's right with this picture, especially given the pathetic snow season Utah has been having. Sorry Andrew I had to steal this from you and put it here.....
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