The life cycle of a destination resort is one of symbiotic nature. You can’t have the resort without the town and you can’t have the town without the resort, they function as one. If anywhere in that equation one were to disappear the other would feel it. Think about Whistler, Mammoth, Breckenridge, and the like. What makes them stand out as opposed to Mt. Baker, Loveland, and Brighton? It’s the town. That’s what makes the difference between a ski hill and a ski resort.
Park City Mountain Resort stands out as being one of those destination hot spots. They host Sundance, have held portions of the Olympics, have the premier terrain park in Utah, and a slew of other things going for them. The town is located right there with multiple access points to the mountain. All in all it’s the full mountain package for someone that wants amenities and a world class atmosphere.
Well unfortunately that could change. PCMR has held a land lease since 1971 on portions of the land now owned by the Talisker Land Holdings, LLC. Plenty of resorts operate on various land leases whether it’s with the Forest Service or a private entity. Here’s the complaint as listed on SupportPCMR.com
The owner of Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) has filed suit against Talisker Land Holdings, LLC to ensure that PCMR will continue to operate as one of the nation’s premier destination ski resorts. Since 1971, PCMR has used land owned by Talisker as an important part of its ski terrain. On April 30, 2011, PCMR provided Talisker with written confirmation of PCMR’s extension of the parties land-use arrangement for 20 additional years. In addition, PCMR paid Talisker the rent required annually under the parties’ agreement. Between 2009 and mid-2011, PCMR provided Talisker with repeated declarations of its intent to operate the resort through 2051. PCMR also advised Talisker of its intent to make major expenditures for ski terrain infrastructure improvements—expenditures totaling over $7,000,000 during the summer of 2011 alone. In late December 2011, however, Talisker notified PCMR for the first time that it took the position that the parties’ agreement expired in April 2011.
Obviously hindering the operations of PCMR would definitely effect tourism not only in the town of Park City but also the overall ski industry of Utah. The economy sucks, the snow sucks, just what Utah needs potentially having one of its resorts fucked over by a company that operates from another country. It all goes back to my original point that the town and the mountain operate hand in hand without one the other can’t exist. Either way I hope you check out the PCMR support site and let your dollars do the talking by not giving money to any of Taliskers properties.