STUDIES & WHITE PAPERS
As Canyons was evaluating the proposed SkiLink project, it worked with Cirrus Ecological Solutions, L.C., RCLCO and Interplan research firms to conduct initial feasibility studies on the potential environmental, economic and transportation impacts that could occur if SkiLink were to be built. These studies were conducted during the planning phase of the project, for the specific purpose of vetting feasibility.
These studies were shared with Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City and other interested parties, in late 2010. Additional studies will be required and Canyons will continue to work with Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, Summit County and all other agencies.
Full versions of the 2010 studies
Summary fact sheets for each study
Study of the potential economic impacts of SkiLink on job creation, tax revenue and tourism spending
Study of the potential impacts of SkiLink on special-status plant and wildlife species, water quality, watershed resources and visual resources
Extensive research demonstrates there would be no impact on water quality if construction is done according to the Best Management Practices (BMP) required by the US Forest Service. The white paper includes multiple references to indicate that water quality in the Big Cottonwood watershed should not be an issue related to construction and operation of a gondola connecting Canyons Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort.
Study of the potential traffic benefits and impacts of SkiLink