“One Wasatch” concept could change Utah’s ski industry

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SALT LAKE CITY — “One Wasatch” Concept Could Change Utah’s Ski Industry

It’s a new concept that could change the face of Utah’s ski industry. The “One Wasatch” concept was announced Wednesday, and the vision is to connect the seven ski resorts in the Central Wasatch Mountains.

The new concept will link Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons Resort, Brighton Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Alta Ski Area via chair lifts and ski runs. That would provide skiers and tourists with over 18,000 skiable acres, 100 lifts, and more than 700 runs on one ticket.

“All of the ski areas have their own personality already and we are not looking to homogenize that at all. If anything it will work to reinforce individual personalities and to give skiers and visitors a choice,” said Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort general manager and president.

The “One Wasatch” concept already has backing fro all seven resort General Managers, Ski Utah, and the state’s tourism industry. Proponents say the benefits would be statewide and put Utah on the map.

“There are some big resorts, yes, but there is not a place in this country where you can have that experience of skiing from resort to resort,” said┬áJenni Smith, Park City Mountain Resort general manager and president.

“We know that it will increase tourism here. It will bring more people here so we think that everybody will benefit by connecting these resorts,” said Bob Bonar, general manger of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

But not everyone is on board with the new concept.

Jaime Kent with Wasatch Backcountry Alliance says ski resort expansion isn’t the answer.

“Back to the unique balance between developed resort and non developed backcountry, we’ve got something you cannot find anywhere else in the world. We believe that it’s something that actually enhances our communities and it enhances the overall experience for winter recreationists. By interconnecting we take that away,” Kent said.

FOX 13 caught up with some out of town skiers at Canyons Resort. What did they think of the “One Wasatch” concept?

“To have one pass where you can just ski all these great mountains would be phenomenal,” said Zach Gramberry from Texas.

“Yeah I’d probably check out as many as I could. I don’t know if I could get all seven,” said Christopher Carroll from Pennsylvania.

Leaders behind the new concept say there is no timeline just yet. They tell FOX13 they have not talked about lift alignments or how much one of these passes would cost. They did say the cost to implement the concept would be privately funded and the infrastructure necessary would go on private land.

When asked about the controversial ski link proposal and where that stands, some resort general managers said it was on hold, and believed that “One Wasatch” is a viable alternative.

For more information on the “One Wasatch” concept, visit: http://onewasatch.com

Click here to read the entire ONE Wasatch press release. [PDF]

Related: Interview: Ski Utah president speaks about ONE Wasatch concept

5 comments

  • MQB3

    “One Ring to rule them all…….”

    This is disgusting. Enough already. At the very least let’s charge the resorts a reasonable rent for using our public property.

    But, money talks.

  • Rick

    I’d rather they all teamed up to offer just a single pass that worked at all the resorts. I don’t mind driving to them! One single central Wasatch pass! Make this happen! (Cheaper then a ski utah silver pass too)

  • Brod

    As an International tourist the “one pass” would be a great economic boost – benefits would flow through to all.
    Ski-ing is for all, downhill, back country and even snow boarders.
    Can’t wait and goodbye to Aspen !

  • dragonclawhammer

    This plan is horrible and many locals are fiercely opposed. The Wasatch is a very small mountain range. We already have seven world class ski resorts within about a 45 minute drive from downtown SLC and each will entertain its guests easily for multiple days. There is no need to further connect them – except for marketing purposes. The remaining natural, undeveloped lands in our mountains is small and this plan will reduce it further. These backcountry areas provide free recreational opportunities for our residents including hiking, biking, climbing, photography and skiing. Roads and ski lifts already contaminate the views from most viewpoints in our mountains and this plan will add to the industrial clutter. The Wasatch is also our rapidly growing desert town’s source of drinking water; additional development will further degrade this resource. Please Ski Utah don’t do this. Readers don’t support this.

    You can sign a petition opposing this plan here:

    http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50928/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13488

  • kghf

    @mqb3 obviously you don’t know that the resorts are on private property therfore they do not need pay pay a dime to anybody. If anything be mad at alts and alts alone. @dragonclawhammer number 1 it’s only 1 lift which will have no ski able terrain and it’s not even a lift but a team so very few lift towers it’s not like another resorts going up you need to chill and go to the Uintah

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