PCMR details round-the-clock plans to dismantle lifts, infrastructure
June 13, 2014
Park City Mountain Resort President and General Manager Jenni Smith on Wednesday provided a detailed description of plans to dismantle the infrastructure needed to operate a ski resort on the land disputed in the lawsuit between the PCMR side and the property owner, Talisker Land Holdings, LLC, if the resort is evicted.
Smith offered the information in a declaration included as part of a broader set of 3rd District Court filings this week by the PCMR side as Judge Ryan Harris prepares to consider whether to sign an eviction order. An important hearing is scheduled on Thursday.
According to the filing, PCMR would remove the following lifts: Town, Crescent, King Con, Silverlode, Bonanza, McConkey’s, Pioneer, Eaglet and Silver Star. Parts of the Jupiter, Thaynes and Motherlode lifts would be removed. The towers of those three lifts would remain based on their being affixed to the land, PCMR has previously said.
The filing indicates it would cost upward of $3,570,000 to remove the full lifts and the parts of the other ones. The work would last 33 weeks or so if crews operated around the clock every day, Smith’s declaration estimates. At least one helicopter would be used nearly all the time, it says.
The resort, meanwhile, would alter the routes of the Payday, Three Kings and Eagle lifts by shortening, realigning or relocating them, the filing says. Realigning the Payday lift would require 15 weeks and cost $1.1 million; shortening the Eagle lift could take 10 weeks and cost $325,000; and shortening the Three Kings lift could require eight weeks and $275,000, it says.
Other infrastructure that PCMR would remove, according to the filing, includes:
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The filing says a crew numbering upward of 40 people would need 10 weeks to remove the equipment if they worked every day. The cost is estimated at $427,570.
PCMR plans to appeal recent rulings that favored Talisker Land Holdings, LLC. Smith says in the declaration reinstalling the infrastructure and undoing modifications to lifts would require two construction seasons or longer if the PCMR side wins the right to return to the land. The declaration estimates the work would cost approximately $7.3 million.
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