Utah planning chairlifts to link 7 ski resorts


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — General managers of seven Utah ski resorts say they are committed to finally building a series of chairlifts that would link their ski areas and give the state a Euro-style experience.

At a news conference Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Ski Utah president Nathan Rafferty said the project is expected to cost up to $30 million, paid for entirely by the resorts.

There's no timeline or specifics for the project, which is being touted as a concept, not a plan.

Alta general manager Onno Wieringa says he's hopeful it can be accomplished in the next decade. He says giving the project a name, "One Wasatch," and coming out publicly puts them on the clock for an idea that has been considered for 30 years.

The project is opposed by backcountry skiers and wilderness advocates.

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