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Published on Nov 30, 2011
On November 17, 2011 Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) today introduced the Wasatch Range Recreation Access Enhancement Act in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate [H.R. 3452, S. 1883]. This legislation would make available 30 acres of federal land for sale at fair market value that would be utilized to create a gondola transportation system to link Canyons Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort, connecting more than 6,000 acres of mountain terrain.
It is estimated that the new gondola could create more than 500 permanent jobs and infuse more than $50 million into the local economy. The enhanced accessibility will bolster both tourism revenue and job creation in the state.
"Utah is home to the greatest snow on earth. The bill will give Utahns and visitors better access to that snow. I look forward to the day when someone can park at a resort in one canyon and spend the day skiing in another canyon. This will be a big boon to our state's tourism. I am always glad to do everything I can to free up public lands for the kind of development that will help grow Utah's economy and give those wishing to enjoy our beautiful state an expanded ability to do so," Senator Hatch said