The marketing firm Ski Utah released a new map showing lift locations for One Wasatch, a plan that would combine seven Wasatch Front ski resorts into one mega resort, including Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Deer Valley, Brighton. One Wasatch would be a wander through the mountains, an experience unlike any other currently offered in North America.
The plan is not without its critics. There are only 5 percent of Utahns that regularly downhill ski, which is pretty low in a state with such resources. Still others are skeptical as to whether any effort to combine ski areas is necessarily worth the trouble. Kalen Thorien, a Salt Lake City resident who skis more than 150 days per year, has called the idea of building a giant, European-scale resort system completely illogical: “We need to stop pretending this is the Alps” she said. “What we have already is a beautiful thing. Spending half my day riding chairlifts does not sound like a productive use of my time.”
However, this project might be affected with the recent purchase of Park City by Vail resort, Colorado. Vail has already stated its intention of combining Park City with the neighboring resort of Canyons, which it already owns. The combined resort would offer more than 7,000 acres and make it the largest resort in the country.