Rancher slams Summit County, ASC
A Snyderville Basin rancher who owns ski terrain at The Canyons strongly criticized Summit County and American Skiing Company, the defunct former parent company to the resort.
Steve Osguthorpe cooperated with ASC officials in the late 1990s so The Canyons could be formed. Property his family owns in a busy area for skiers was leased to American Skiing Co.
But today if Osguthorpe had his druthers he would likely evict The Canyons from his land at the resort.
"We’d be better off if we’d never seen [The Canyons] or seen American Skiing Company," Osguthorpe told the Summit County Commission Sept. 24. "This is bullsh–."
Summit County officials were also chided by Osguthorpe for not penalizing American Skiing Co. when its development obligations at The Canyons were not met.
As the resort’s master developer, ASC was obligated to oversee completion of an 18-hole golf course at the resort about six years ago. But construction of the links has yet to begin.
"You let American Skiing off scot-free," Osguthorpe told the County Commission.
Osguthorpe was responding to a claim from deputy Summit County attorney Jami Brackin that he and Wolf Mountain Resorts Managing Partner Kenny Griswold are responsible for blocking development in the so-called Canyons Lower Village.
"We’re getting sick and tired of putting up with it and the county keeps feeding it," Osguthorpe said.
Problems skiers caused for drivers last winter on White Pine Canyon Road was because resort officials began shuttling guests to lifts near The Colony without permission, Osguthorpe charged.
"I damn near hit some of them coming down that road," he said. "This is wrong, very, very wrong."
But much of the Lower Village land won’t be platted for development until Osguthorpe and Griswold provide their consent, Brackin explained.
"Unless and until we have signatures it doesn’t get recorded," Brackin said.
Osguthorpe countered that he is not responsible for holding up growth near the lower parking lot at The Canyons.
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