Vail Resorts on Thursday afternoon said in a prepared statement there is no intention on its side to interfere with Park City Mountain Resort's operations during the upcoming ski season, a position that will be welcomed as the community begins to prepare for the winter.
The Colorado-based firm issued the statement during a week of rising tensions in a lawsuit between PCMR and a firm under the Talisker Corporation umbrella centered on a contention that the resort's lease of Talisker Corporation land expired in 2011. The Talisker Corporation side on Wednesday served PCMR with a notice to leave the premises, which is essentially an eviction notice.
Vail Resorts is overseeing the lawsuit for the Talisker Corporation side as a part of an agreement to lease and operate Canyons Resort.
The prepared statement is a rare comment from Vail Resorts about the case. It is attributed to Kelly Ladyga, the vice president of corporate communications for Vail Resorts. It follows:
"As we have previously stated, under the terms of our agreement with Talisker in connection with our lease of the Canyons, we have assumed oversight of the litigation between Talisker Land Holdings LLC and Park City Mountain Resort. We have an obligation to protect and preserve Talisker's and our interest in this matter. We are concerned with the behavior that Park City Mountain Resort has demonstrated in this situation. Talisker issued Park City Mountain Resort the Notice to Quit as a necessary legal step to bring this issue to the Court and we anticipate that there will be a number of actions required to bring this dispute to closure. With that said, there is no intent by Talisker to take any action that would prevent PCMR's ability to operate their resort during the upcoming 2013-2014 ski season. We are very cognizant of the importance of this situation to the entire Park City community and we look forward to bringing this situation and its uncertainty to a conclusion."