Late last year a proposal to tie together Solitude and The Canyons ski resorts raised a fairly huge dustup in the normally quietly pro-business politics of Utah. When most of Utah’s congressional delegation began their push in Washington to bypass state and federal impact studies, as well as local input, local politicians in Salt Lake City and County pushed back hard, not least because Big and Little Cottonwood canyon waters are all that prevent the most populated portion of the state from returning to a desiccated husk. Any potential pollution rightly scares folks who live on the edge of the Wasatch. So if one lift was disconcerting, how about an entire network linking all of the ski resorts in Salt Lake and Summit counties?
That’s the intent of a resolution put forth by state senator Wayne Niederhauser this week and it drew immediate fire from conservation groups. Save Our Canyons Executive Director Carl Fisher told the Salt Lake Tribune that “representatives at the Legislature are representing corporations” rather than the local citizens.