PCMR launches ‘Keep Park City Open’ website
Ryan Summerlin August 19, 2014
Park City Mountain Resort on Monday launched a website addressing the dispute with Talisker Land Holdings, LLC, indicating that the resort wants to operate during the 2014-2015 ski season.
The website is: keepparkcityopen.com. The front page includes a message from Jenni Smith, the president and general manager of PCMR.
"These have been difficult times for all of us who love Park City and are fortunate enough to call it home. There has been a great deal of publicity surrounding Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) and all of us at PCMR want you to know one thing: We are committed to keeping the resort open for the 2014/15 winter season," Smith says.
Smith also says PCMR is "divided" since the PCMR side owns the base, the lower terrain, lifts, water rights and snowmaking.
Talisker Land Holdings, LLC owns most of the acreage underlying the PCMR terrain. The 3rd District Court judge presiding over a lawsuit between PCMR and Talisker Land Holdings, LLC has ruled in favor of the landowner in the key points of the case, which centers on PCMR lease.
The judge has signed a de facto eviction order against PCMR. The resort has said it would be forced to close if it loses the case. Judge Ryan Harris next week is expected to set the amount PCMR would be required to post in a bond to remain in the land through an appeal.
Vail Resorts is overseeing the case on behalf of Talisker Land Holdings, LLC as part of a long-term agreement to operate the Talisker corporate family-owned Canyons Resort. The deal could be extended to include the disputed terrain at PCMR depending on the outcome of the lawsuit.
"The court will set the bond, but our commitment today is to fight for an immediate, fair resolution with Vail so that we and the community can know with certainty that the resort will be open this season and beyond. You should not have to pay a price for a divided mountain," the Smith message says.
An electronic petition is available on the website. It reads: "I care about the Park City community and have a vested interest in keeping the resort open for the 2014/15 winter season. I believe the only solution to keeping the town we love open is for Vail to come to a reasonable agreement with PCMR. I’m adding my name to this important petition because I want a fair, equitable solution that keeps Park City and the PCMR open for business this winter season."
PCMR, meanwhile, purchased a full-page advertisement in the Aug. 20-22 edition of The Park Record. It is headlined "Let’s Work Together to Keep Park City Mountain Resort Open." It addresses the bond and other topics.