Utah Senate panel backs ski lift between resorts

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A proposed gondola connecting a Park Cityski resort with another nearby resort is receiving the backing of aUtah Senate panel. Republican Sen. Wayne Niederhauser of Sandy says the gondolawould provide an economic boost to the area with minimalenvironmental impacts. Niederhauser is sponsoring Senate Concurrent Resolution 10,which passed a Senate committee 4-2 Monday. It now moves to theSenate floor for debate. The eight-passenger tram would take skiers on an 11-minute rideover the spine of the Wasatch Range to connect The Canyons resortwith Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The ski areas say it would cut down on canyon traffic and putUtah on the map as an even better ski destination. Opponentscomplain it would mar the alpine backcountry.

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