Utah Senate panel backs ski lift between resorts

Monday , February 27, 2012 - 4:13 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY-- A proposed gondola connecting a Park City ski resort with another nearby resort is receiving the backing of a Utah Senate panel.

Republican Sen. Wayne Niederhauser of Sandy says the gondola would provide an economic boost to the area with minimal environmental impacts.

Niederhauser is sponsoring Senate Concurrent Resolution 10, which passed a Senate committee 4-2 Monday. It now moves to the Senate floor for debate.

The eight-passenger tram would take skiers on an 11-minute ride over the spine of the Wasatch Range to connect The Canyons resort with Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The ski areas say it would cut down on canyon traffic and put Utah on the map as an even better ski destination. Opponents complain it would mar the alpine backcountry.

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