You have no doubt heard that Solitude Ski Area has taken the bold step of announcing that it will be charging for parking this winter, which will affect backcountry skiers accessing the PC ridgeline and Silver Fork. This concept is still pretty new and we aren’t sure how it will be implemented for dawn patrollers, but for now we need to accept that Solitude’s management took a bold step to try to address the overabundance of single-occupancy vehicles. As canyon drivers, we are part of the problem as well and can be part of the solution by being more conscientious about carpooling or taking the bus.
We have been talking to Alta Ski Lifts (ASL) about the number of non-ski area patrons (backcountry skiers/riders, snowshoers, nordic skiers, walkers, photographers, etc.) parking at the top of LCC. Several ideas for easing parking issues have been discussed, but at this point there is nothing concrete, so like with BCC, try to be conscientious about carpooling/using the bus when you head up LCC this winter.
Speaking of ASL, there has been no change in their stance regarding Grizzly Gulch: they refuse to allow it to be a part of any kind of a land exchange and still intend to not only develop their private land for skiing, but continue to express interest in getting a permit change to access the public lands on the Patsy Marley ridgeline as well. WBA is working hard to prevent any change in the use of Patsy Marley and Grizzly Gulch, and will keep you updated if this changes.