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December 19, 2018

Legislature Dives Into Canyons Management

A marathon legislative meeting Wednesday on the management of the Wasatch canyons ended with a vote by lawmakers to craft their own plan to safeguard the watershed and natural resources of a forested area visited each year by more than 10 million people.

The Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands voted unanimously to pursue state legislation establishing management strategies for the central Wasatch canyons.

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December 18, 2018

Utah Ski Area Wants Parking Problems Addressed Before Any Deal on Conservation

Alta Ski Area’s president and general manager is pushing back against a proposed federal designation for the Wasatch canyons, arguing it is premature given the congestion and transportation problems that haven’t been addressed.

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December 14, 2018

Alta Withdraws Grizzly Gulch “Keystone” From Land Exchange, But Mountain Accord Presses On

The Wasatch Backcountry Alliance (WBA) has participated in Mountain Accord negotiations since its inception, although the group declined to sign the final document’s endorsement of a transportation connection between the two canyons (besides human powered, of course), which is a non-negotiable issue for them.

Alta Withdraws Grizzly Gulch “Keystone” from Land Exchange, But Mountain Accord Presses On

November 27, 2018

Central Wasatch Commission Approves New Draft of Wilderness Act Bill

The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act would preserve thousands of acres of U.S. Forest Service land and add additional acres of wilderness, including approximately 975 acres in Summit County located along the ridge separating Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Central Wasatch Commission approves new draft of wilderness act bill

July 19, 2017

Bonanza Flats Conservation Marks Win for Wasatch Backcountry Alliance

Space for backcountry skiing in the Wasatch is a hot commodity, as proven by recent permitting issues for Little Conttonwood Canyon’s heliski company, Utah Powderbird. But in a recent win for the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance, the sale of Bonanza Flats—a 1,350-acre parcel outside of Park City that serves as a wintertime touring destination—closed on June 15 and is now conserved after a joint effort by the WBA, Utah Open Lands and Park City officials.

Bonanza Flats conservation marks win for Wasatch Backcountry Alliance

May 18, 2016
Allied Forces: Backcountry Alliances Form Across U.S., Giving Skiers and Riders a Unified Voice”

This isn’t the first time a group of backcountry skiers and riders has spoken up about access to their favorite zones. In 2013, when Canadian real-estate developer Taliskier Mountain Inc. proposed a gondola that would connect Utah’s Canyons to Solitude Mountain Resorts, Wasatch skiers took note. They organized to form the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance (WBA) and have since advocated for access and lobbied against development in Utah’s mountains.

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March 12, 2016
Free shuttle rides aim to reduce pollution, traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Wasatch Backcountry Alliance saw a need for a better way to get to Little Cottonwood Canyon, so they asked their Facebook fans a poll question, “…Would you take a free shuttle ride to the canyons instead of drive your own vehicle?” And, out of 650 responses, 96 percent of them said YES.

Shuttle Day

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March 11, 2016

Traffic Control: The Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Hosts a Free Shuttle Day for Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Shuttle Day was created in response to an online Facebook poll where the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance asked if skiers and riders would be interested in a one-day shuttle service up the canyon. Ninety-five percent of the polltakers responded yes to the question posed.

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March 9, 2016

Group to offer free Little Cottonwood Canyon backcountry shuttle Saturday

The Wasatch Backcountry Alliance will offer an experimental free shuttle service to bring dispersed recreational users such as snowshoers, hikers and backcountry skiers into Little Cottonwood Canyon Saturday.

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November 24, 2015

What Will Become of the Backcountry in Utah’s Wasatch?

“Nature is as perfect as it could be before you touch it or develop. How can you enjoy skiing when everything has been developed? That takes away the whole point,” said Jamie Kent, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance President.

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May 06, 2015

Sixth-Grad Avalanche Research Project

Will Schofield, sixth grader, shares his school project about avalanche safety, with a tour in Grizzly Gulch with his dad, and a shoutout to #keepGRIZZLYwild at the end.

May 03, 2015

Resorts United

Ski Utah continues to work with the ski resorts to try to make ONE Wasatch happen. “Our opposition will say that the reason it hasn’t happened is because it’s a bad idea, or that it’s about water, but the real issue is land use. And also, it’s really complicated.”

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April 29, 2015

Op-ed: Before Expanding Ski Resorts We Should Look at Golf

This op-editorial compares two sports with similar trends, and asks some relevant questions about what we should be investing in.

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April 24, 2015

Beerman on Mountain Accord: It’s Worth It

Park City Council Member Andy Beerman, also on the executive committee of the Mountain Accord says there are reasons to stick with studying the tunnel option from Cottonwood Canyons to Park City, if nothing else than to eliminate it once and for all.  He speaks with KPCW’s Lynn Ware Peek.

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April 23, 2015

Letter: Protect Alta with Albion Basin National Monument

An 89 year-old who has a long history skiing Alta, wants to protect it Albion Basin.

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March 29, 2015

PCMR Gondola: ‘Great news’ for Millionaires, but What About Skiers?

Who does the PCMR-Canyons interconnect really serve? A resort estate neighborhood, or skiers?

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March 26, 2015

Vail Resorts wins historic vote as Interconnect Gondola approved

Vail’s interconnect gondola has been approved. This is the first phase of the ONE Wasatch concept coming to fruition, but does not impact high value Wasatch backcountry terrain.

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March 21, 2015

Op-ed: Mountain Accord’s agenda is to get taxpayers to fund tourism industry
This ‪#‎SaltLakeTribune‬ Op-ed asks: who benefits from the proposed train & tunnel system…and who pays for it?

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March 15, 2015

Mountain Accord development plan worries some residents

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A proposal to potentially develop parts of the Wasatch Front’s most popular recreation areas is rousing alarm among some nearby residents.

March 14, 2015

Op-ed: Don’t let Mountain Accord opportunity pass without speaking up

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There are times when citizens are asked to speak on a subject and together define a course for their community. The Mountain Accord process is one such opportunity because it invites us all to decide the future of the shared terrain that brings us our water, our recreation, our spiritual peace, our history, our jobs, and our visitors.

March 13, 2015

Mountain Accord must move forward

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This week’s announcement that Mountain Accord has extended its public comment deadline to an as-yet-undetermined date in the future is troubling. After all of the recent pep rallies and debates, this unexpected intermission suggests that the ambitious effort to find consensus among the myriad stakeholders along the central Wasatch Mountains has run aground.

March 11, 2015

No Accord

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Do you spend time in the Wasatch mountains? The future of the central Wasatch mountains as we know and love them is facing some daunting changes. You might have heard of the Mountain Accord, a process that has been going on for about a year, and the first big phase is ending with an important public-comment period.

March 10, 2015

Deadline nears for Mountain Accord comments

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This is our future! Let your voice be heard by commenting on the Mountain Accord before March 16th. If you are still feeling lost after reviewing the blueprint, please visit for more guidance. This is a unique to share your opinions with the officials of the Mountain Accord.

March 3, 2015

Jay Meehan: Mountain meddling

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As far as Mountain Accord goes, however, time is running out for cynics and non-cynics alike to get their opinions on the record.

February 27, 2015

Together4Utah discusses One Wasatch and Mountain Accord proposals

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In this episode of Together 4 Utah, Thomas Wright and Jim Dabakis, tackle the One Wasatch/Mountain Accord.

February 24, 2015

Park City residents criticize Mountain Accord master plan during public meeting

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PARK CITY, Utah — Park City residents had no problem criticizing the Mountain Accord Master Plan during a public forum Tuesday night at Park City High School.

February 13, 2015

Tom Clyde: We’re just not that special

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The Mountain Accord planning effort is presenting its work on the 24th at the Eccles Center. There has been a lot about it in the paper, and their website is worth looking at.

February 12, 2015

Lawmakers Discuss Mountain Accord, Possible Olympics Bid

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Lawmakers consider the impacts of Mountain Accord plans on future Olympic bids and Sen. Niederhauser requests to set aside $5 million this year for Mountain Accord.

February 11, 2015

Slippery Slopes: Canyon Conservationists Have to Give a Little to Get a Little

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City Weekly story about the Mountain Accord Blueprint including interviews with Carl Fisher of Save Our Canyons, Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf, SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, and Ski Utah’s Nathan Rafferty.

February 11, 2015

Groups Collaborating on a Master Plan for Central Wasatch Mountains

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Fox 13 video story on the Mountain Accord meeting at Cottonwood High School with interviews with some of the 200 attendees at the meeting including comments about ONE Wasatch and transportation.

February 11, 2015

Public Meeting Seeks Input on Mountain Accord Project

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ABC 4 Utah video story on the February 11, 2015 Mountain Accord public meeting including interviews with attendees.

February 11, 2015

Resorts, Conservationists Prepared to Compromise on Future of Wasatch Mountains

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Panelists from the Mountain Accord answered questions about the Blueprint proposal at a public meeting at Cottonwood High School on February, 11, 2015.

February 10, 2015

Mountain Accord Q & A is at 6:00 pm Wednesday

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A question-and-answer session on the Mountain Accord’s proposed “blueprint” for the future of the central Wasatch Mountains will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cottonwood High School, 5715 S. 1300 East, in Murray.

February 9, 2015

Mountain Accord Public Forums

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If you recreate in the central Wasatch, drink water from this watershed, have moved here to be close to these mountains, grew up here, make your living from the tourists who come here because of these mountains, or care the least about the Wasatch, you have an invested interest in Mountain Accord. It’s time you get involved because the future of the central Wasatch as you know it is about to change.

February 9, 2015

New Utah Blueprint Threatens the Future of One Wasatch

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Last week, Curbed Ski analyzed the ambitious new blueprint released from Mountain Accord, a group of 20 public and private entities working together to preserve the future of Utah’s Wasatch mountains.


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Mountain Accord Program

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The Mountain Accord Program (formerly known as the Wasatch Summit Program) is a public process that seeks to make integrated and critical decisions regarding the future of the Central Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The program will evaluate and address issues associated with transportation, environmental protection, watershed protection, economic opportunities, recreation, and land use within the Central Wasatch Mountains and adjoining valleys using a comprehensive and collaborative approach.

February 6, 2015

Panelist weigh in on the Mountain Accord

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When Rich Wyman first heard about the Mountain Accord initiative, he said he was really looking forward to what it could potentially deliver.

February 6, 2015

Editorial: Wasatch ‘blueprint’ shows value of compromise

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The broad consortium that came together for Mountain Accord is showing as much care for an open planning process as it is for the future of the Central Wasatch Mountains. In our age of political paralysis, that is no small accomplishment.

February 4, 2015

Blueprint for Wasatch Mountains unveiled

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Utah planners have unveiled a blueprint for the future of the central Wasatch Mountains. From resort expansion to new public lands, a lot of competing interests have had to come together, and now they’re looking to the public for feedback.

February 3, 2015

Mountain Accord unveils grand plan for central Wasatch Front

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SALT LAKE CITY — A vast blueprint for the central Wasatch Front that includes a network of trails, expansion of transit that could include trains to mountain resorts, and a tunnel connecting two canyons begins a public airing Wednesday as the plan balances protection of precious water and land resources with Utah’s growth and economic expansion.

February 3, 2015

Plan to link ski resorts may be on hold for now

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News has learned a massive plan to turn the central Wasatch mountains into one of the world’s largest playgrounds may not happen at all now. Wasatch Backcountry Alliance President Jamie Kent is interviewed here.


January 20, 2015

RIP Grizzly Gulch?

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The Newschoolers remind us that if ONE Wasatch becomes a reality, Grizzly Gulch, including Chad’s Gap would no longer be part of the Wasatch backcountry.

January 16, 2015

European Trip Planned by City Hall, Summit Country

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Representatives from City Hall and the County Courthouse are expected to travel to Europe to study transportation systems in communities in the Alps.

January 14, 2015

In Salt Lake City, a Proposal to Link Ski Trails

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A summary of the proposed ONE Wasatch by the New York Times. A quick look at both sides, supporters and opponents.

December 15, 2014

Outdoor Alliance Trip to Washington, DC

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Andrew McLean offers a trip report on Washington DC. An Outdoor Alliance initiative to lobby on behalf of a variety of outdoor organizations and causes, including Wasatch Backcountry Alliance.

December 9, 2014

The Wasatch Backcountry Voice: Tom Diegel on Protecting Salt Lake City’s Mountain Landscape

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An interview with Tom Diegel on the progress of Wasatch Backcountry Alliance, and the broader scope.

November 16, 2014

Guest editorial: Mountain Accord is traveling down the wrong road

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Opinion on where the leadership of Mountain Accord is taking the future of the Wasatch.

October 28, 2014

Giving a Voice to the Backcountry

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The formation of the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance is providing a voice to the Wasatch backcountry while new proposals keep developing.

October 27, 2014

One Wasatch and the Backcountry Impact

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A quick look at how the Wasatch backcountry would be impacted if ONE Wasatch became a reality.

October 23, 2014

The Case Against One Wasatch: Overdeveloping Utah’s Mountains

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Looking at the concerns around One Wasatch, what is agreed on, and how One Wasatch would skew the balance towards development and destroy the opportunity for backcountry solace and adventure.

October 18, 2014

A Goal of Zero: The Avalanche Industry Looks to Change

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A group of avalanche safety professionals is making bold attempts to drastically reduce avalanche fatalities in this country.

October 14, 2014

Mountain Accord Yields Ideals for Central Wasatch

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The executive committee at Mountain Accord will work over the next three months to mesh various proposals into one all-encompassing proposal.

October 10, 2014

Mythbusting: An Outcry of Support or Cry for Help?

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Save Our Canyons looks at the myths surrounding the One Wasatch concept. SOC answers questions and clarifies uncertain points around ONE Wasatch.

October 1, 2014

Op-ed: ONE Wasatch’ ski connection favors resorts over the rest of us

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Opinion pointing out that the ONE Wasatch concept offers little benefit to the locals who use the resorts and backcountry in the area.

September 26, 2014

Vail Plans to Connect Canyons to Park City Ski Resort Next Summer

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Vail Resorts announces plans to build lift next summer to connect Canyons Resort to the newly acquired Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR).

September 22, 2014

Letter: Not ‘ONE Wasatch’ Without Alta Snowboarding

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Letting to editor pointing out that for One Wasatch to be completed, Alta would have to permit snowboarding.

September 18, 2014

Letter: Don’t Expand Resorts Footprint with ONE Wasatch

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Letter to the editor expressing support for the Wasatch backcountry.

September 15, 2014

‘One Wasatch’ Plan Aims to Connect 7 Ski Resorts in Utah

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The ONE Wasatch concept calls for two new sets of lift – one between Big and Little Cottonwood, and one at Guardsman Pass. A concept called Ski Link would connect Solitude with the Canyons Resort.

September 11, 2014

Vail Buys Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5M

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Vail Resort Inc. acquired Park City Mountain Resort from Utah-based Powdr Corp. The $182.5M purchase brings an end to a heated three-year land lease dispute.

July 16, 2014

The END of the Swiss 4-Vallee Agreement: Verbier’s 102,000 Acre System Gets Dismantled

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Verbier and Switzerland’s 4-Vallees ski area will no longer be connected by a single ticket. The 4 Vallees agreements will end June 30, 2014.

May 28, 2014

What Does Vail’s Takeover in Park City Mean for Skiers?

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Park City Mountain Resort will likely merge with Canyons over the next season or two – what does this mean for the Wasatch local skiers?

May 28, 2014

Fighting for the Little Guys

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A small ski area survey sheds light on the value of the town hill. A quick look at the importance of community-minded ski areas.

April 25, 2014

Neighborhood Watch: The Wasatch Backcountry Alliance

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An interview with WBA President Jamie Kent on the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance and what it is working towards.

April 22, 2014

War of the Wasatch

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Article on Save Our Canyons and how they are pushing to protect watersheds and further development of the Wasatch.

April 15, 2014

The Truth About Snow

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An interview with the world’s top skiing climatologist, Daniel Scott.

March 28, 2014

Ski Areas Envision ONE Wasatch

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One Wasatch concept is revealed.

March 27, 2014

Mountain news: ski areas envision a spider’s web of links

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ONE Wasatch concept is revealed; doubts are expressed of the economic benefits.

March 21, 2014

Forget the Alps: 100-Lift, 18,000-Acre Mega Ski Resort Planned in Utah

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Concept released for ONE Wasatch by ski industry leaders in Utah. This would create what would be North America’s biggest ski resort complex.

March 19, 2014

Plan Proposed to ‘Interconnect’ 7 Utah Ski Resorts

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The ONE Wasatch concept is unveiled to connect all 7 ski resorts in Salt Lake City, and Park City.

March 19, 2014

“One Wasatch” concept could change Utah’s ski industry

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ONE Wasatch concept has two sides.

March 18, 2014

Ski Industry to Push for Interconnected Resorts

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Ski Utah to unveil a concept to connect ski areas with chairlifts between Salt Lake and Summit County.

Feb 20, 2013

The Ski Resort Fight Over Park City Mountain

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