The U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with Salt Lake City, is opposed to legislation in Congress to sell 30 acres of public forest land to Talisker Co., a Canadian ski-resort corporation, for a gondola linking Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon with The Canyons Resort, which Talisker owns.
U.S. forest managers, under the Agriculture Department, rightly argue that the resort expansion would result in damage to protected areas and Salt Lake City's watershed and create a private land island in the middle of a national forest. We hope other members of Congress are listening, because the Utah Republican congressional delegation is trying to sell them a bill of goods.
Promoted disingenuously as "a transportation alternative," the SkiLink project is, quite simply, an expansion of The Canyons Resort into Big Cottonwood Canyon. Any resort expansion in the sensitive watershed of the central Wasatch has been consistently opposed by the Forest Service, Salt Lake City and the residents of Salt Lake Valley.