In the 1970’s my local library in Whittier California had a book titled, The 25 Best Ski Areas in North America, published by the New York Times. The opening sentence for the Alta entry stated; “Alta Utah has the worlds finest lift serviced skiing, and that is a conservative statement”. About a year later I was attending the U, with an Alta season pass ($135).
UDOT, Alta Ski Lifts Company, and the Snowbird ski conglomerate (or whatever they are called), all promote the grotesque and obscene placement of twenty 200 foot towers right up the heart of the canyon. They should be ashamed. More people, more more more, to some, that’s a good thing, all else be damned. Zion Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon can only accommodate a finite number of people. Alta, as I saw stated in a video about Interlodge about a year ago, is uniquely wonderful. To many it’s a sacred and hallowed place. My run there currently spans 50 consecutive years, and I haven’t lived in Utah for decades.
I was recently at a high school football stadium which featured several light towers surrounding the field, they seemed pretty damn tall. Using crude trigonometry approximation, I was surprised and sad to learn they were about half the height of the proposed Little Cottonwood gondola towers.
A side note, Alta’s privately owned lodges are against this boondoggle.
The book Skiing in Utah, A History (copyright 1980), concludes the chapter about Alta with the following; “Some will shed a tear, but most will not understand why”.
I can relate a little bit to how river runner/author Edward Abbey felt in the early 60’s at the construction of Glen Canyon dam, thus flooding the Cathedral in the Desert. How ironic that Lake Powell is now reverting to “dead pool”. Similarly, maybe some Little Cottonwood Canyon Monkey Wrenching is in order.
To the Utefans.net web site manager, you might want to remove “pro sports” from the optional tags drop down menu. Unfortunately men’s D-I football and basketball are now in fact full fledged unadulterated professional sports. Pretend if you want, but these two teams no longer represent the Ute tribe or the University of Utah or “student athletes”, they represent the Almighty Dollar.