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Cottonwood Heights Journal

Connecting the Canyons For One Ski Experience

Oct 31, 2014 02:06PM ● By Sherry Sorensen

Ski Utah recently unveiled two of the three ski lift alignments for the ONE Wasatch conceptual plan intended to create an over-the-snow interconnect between the seven resorts of the Central Wasatch Mountains. 

Potentially, one lift ticket would give skiers all-day access to three resorts in Summit County, two resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon and the two in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

"Connecting seven of Utah's finest ski resorts while preserving both our water quality and an unrivaled backcountry experience is not an impossible task," Ski Utah President and CEO Nathan Rafferty said.

The first connection would run between Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The second lift would make a connection between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Summit County via Brighton and Park City Mountain Resort. A third link between the Canyons Resort and PCMR will be determined at a later date.

If built, ONE Wasatch would be the largest interconnect system of its kind in North America.

But not everyone supports the plan. A statement written in March by Save Our Canyons Executive Director Carl Fisher expressed opposition to the project.

"Since we only have one Wasatch [range], we need to share it. ONE Wasatch fails to do that and represents the de facto expansion of seven Wasatch ski areas," he said.