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Judge grants eviction of Park City Mountain Resort

PARK CITY, Utah -- A judge has signed an order that clears the way for Park City Mountain Resort to be evicted from the mountain.

At the end of a hearing over the eviction issue in Silver Summit's 3rd District Court on Thursday, Judge Ryan Harris granted a request by Talisker Land Holdings to evict PCMR. However, the judge halted enforcement of that order until August 27 and ordered both sides to go into mediation.

"I think it would be in everyone's best interest," he told a packed courtroom. "I think you all owe it to the folks who are dependent on this resort operating in something close to what it's done -- businesses, the community..."

In a ruling last month, Judge Harris said that PCMR missed a key deadline to renew its lease on the mountain. At Thursday's hearing, Talisker, which is the landlord over the mountain, urged the judge to sign the eviction order.

"They make millions off our property, which they don't have any right to be on," Talisker attorney John Lund told the judge.

Evicting Park City Mountain Resort is easier said than done. While Talisker owns the slopes, PCMR owns the base of the mountain -- including the ski lifts, the parking lot and much of the development around it.

"These parties are bound at the hip and this is a resort that is integrated with the Talisker land and the PCMR land and we have to make a deal," PCMR attorney Alan Sullivan said outside court.

Sullivan was hopeful a resolution could be reached.

"We've been given a real prompt by the court to resolve this case and do it quickly and we're very hopeful we can do that," he told FOX 13. "There's lots of options to consider and we're certainly willing to do our part."

Talisker also seemed hopeful for a resolution.

"There's a lot of very smart business people here who can find a successful resolution to this," Lund said. "The main obstacle from our standpoint all along has been: these folks just not understanding the reality of their lease. Hopefully, that's sunk in and we can move forward toward a resolution."

Park City Mountain Resort, one-time Olympic venue, is considered a crown jewel of Utah's multi-billion dollar ski industry. The resort employs about 4,600 people and generates millions of dollars each year for the Park City economy. Sullivan said 25-percent of all out-of-state ski tourism visits PCMR.

PCMR was served with an eviction notice last year, stemming from a lawsuit it filed against Talisker Holdings, which owns the mountain (and also leases to Vail Resort, which operates Canyons Resort nearby). Talisker said PCMR missed a key deadline to renew its lease.

PCMR claimed it was an “honest mistake.” Attorneys for the ski resort argued they had been operating on the belief they were renewing their lease, making improvements to the property and talking about long-term goals.

The resort told FOX 13 the ongoing litigation is not expected to impact the upcoming ski season. The mediation deadline is August 15.

15 comments

  • Mark Snuff

    Funny, all the lifts and equipment is owned by PCMR. I guess they’re just gonna tear everything down and leave? Or is Vail going to buy it and move in a non-local resort name. Something’s fishy.

    • Drew

      Currently pwdr corp is hoping the mediation will work out with veil. But if it fails they have pledged to dismantled every piece of equipment and dig up every pipe. With that being said Pwder corp still owns all of the base, and will not grant vail access to the land. Pwder corp has said they would turn the base of the mountain into a “camp woodward” type area. If vail doesn’t get access to thee mnt it doesn’t really matter, the only other real choice in PC they own, so everyone that rides a board staying in PC will have to go canyons(skiers still have the option of deer valley). Doesn’t effect me Snowbird is the only one worth riding at

  • Anon Flux

    Of course, Fox13 uses a sensationalist headline. How about “Judge Grants Stay”. The PC side still hasn’t even filed their appeal. When that happens, this Stay will be a lot longer than 2 months. Really should try journalism. Headlines like this don’t do any good for the economy of Park City

  • Kevin

    PCMR has said they plan to remove all the lifts and infrastructure possible up on the disputed area. If they do or not is another matter.

    • Cartman

      With no source of income that seems unlikely. They’ll sell it all to Talisker. Money talks louder than sour grapes.

  • johnR

    I have to seriously question how “smart” all these business people really are when they allow their lease to expire.

    • Ann

      I have hear that the person responsible for the lease was terminated and all paperwork was in his desk drawer. Regardless, Park City has been here for decades and it is going to be extremely difficult for people to accept this change. There is a bond with many people that have called P.C. their home and P.C.

  • George

    Talisker will fill it up with high end condos and houses. PCMR is the only reason Park City is not a ghost town. I have had a seasons at PCMR for 20+ years, I will never ski Canyons or whatever PCMR becomes. Talisker is a foreign company that caters to the 1 percenter and does not care about PC or Utah. PCMR will become another Deer Valley for the privileged few. I will move to Salt Lake and ski Snowbird. Thanks Talisker for ruining my mountain and my home town.

    • JJ

      Seriously? The 1 percenters? The Cummings family has more money than all of Vail Corp. And have you ever compared an epic pass to any seasons pass in Utah? Get your facts straight.

  • haroldb1234

    these 2 need to grow up. we can all ski elsewhere if they are going to shred the place. the ‘deal’ obviously should be that talisker gets higher rent and probably rights (planning group?) toward future plans and profits (sharing) for a new lease to PCMR. the lawsuit is a waste of time and money, costs of which will doubtlessly be passed on to patrons, which may cause me to ski elsewhere regardless of suit outcome.

  • Ann

    Anyone that has lived the old P.C. is disgusted. It is all abount money. That is not how the original resorts started.

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