Utah, Feb. 6, 2001--Imagine skiing or boarding seven resorts in one day without jumping into a car, helicopter, or snowcat to get from one to the other. The concept may become reality if Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird link up to offer resort-to-resort skiing in Utah.
"An all-area pass would make the Park City area resorts stand out from the rest of the resorts across the country," said Melissa O'Brien, spokesperson for Park City Mountain Resort.
Many favor the concept of a European ski experience in Utah, but right now it's only an idea.
"Geographically, it is very possible, but from a logistical standpoint there is a lot to work out," said Bob Wheaton, general manager of Deer Valley, which shares a boundary with Park City. "Our relationship with Park City is very amicable," but Deer Valley's no snowboarding policy and Park City's 5,000 visitor capacity are presently limiting factors for connection.
Alta and Snowbird, which also share a common boundary, are hoping to open their doors as well. A new lift is planned in Mineral Basin with the top terminal located just below Alta's Sugarloaf lift.
"When that lift goes in the connection is going to be easy, convenient and fun," said Dave Fields, Snowbird's assistant director of public relations. Construction of the lift does not necessarily mean the two resorts will share snowriders. "There are on-going talks between the two resorts, but nothing is concrete now," Fields said. "In our view, connecting the two is a win-win situation for everyone," he added.
Meanwhile, Brighton has submitted plans for a new lift that wouldlink the mountain with Solitude. The plans are currently under environmental review.
Offering snowriders the opportunity to traverse from The Canyons to Brighton and over to Snowbird with four resorts in between could make Utah the top winter vacation destination in the world.
"It is something we would like to move forward on," O'Brien said. "We have had some informal meetings, but there are a lot of things that have to fall into place."