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Wolf Mountain declared in default

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Officials in Coalville hope declaring Wolf Mountain Resorts in default of a development agreement at The Canyons will result in the overdue construction of a public golf course in the Snyderville Basin.

Wednesday the Summit County Commission demanded Wolf Mountain Managing Partner Kenny Griswold turn over land he owns at The Canyons so Willow Draw Road can be realigned and a path can be built for golf carts. The notice of default against Griswold comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed against the county by Wolf Mountain Resorts.

"It’s a response to the lawsuit," Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer said in an interview.

Griswold leases land to the now-defunct American Skiing Company on which The Canyons is operated. Chief among the amenities promised by American Skiing Company when The Canyons formed in 1999 was an 18-hole golf course. American Skiing Co. agreed to complete the course in 2002. The construction, however, still hasn’t begun.

But roughly 25 landowners at The Canyons needed to cooperate to build the golf course by providing land and other concessions. Griswold blamed Summit County for not enforcing the development agreement to penalize ASC for not completing the course on time in a 3rd District Court complaint filed Oct. 15.

"We are going to be issuing a notice of default for specific performance to Wolf Mountain," Richer said Wednesday.

But officials in Summit County breached the development agreement by not requiring ASC to construct the course on time and by approving a new golf plan this summer, the lawsuit filed by Griswold states.

Griswold said officials in Summit County ruined the original design for a world-class course at The Canyons last summer by approving a "substandard" golf-course plan with four par 3 holes on the back nine, which made

the development agreement at The Canyons "null and void."

"Nobody really thinks this is going to be the final golf course, do they?" Griswold asked in a telephone interview.

Meanwhile, Richer said concerns the county had about American Skiing Co. not completing the course on time were addressed by the firm.

"There is no need to declare a default against ASC," Richer said. "We appreciate ASC listening and responding."

Griswold disagreed and claimed a so-called standstill agreement

Summit County officials reached with American Skiing Co. indicates "they didn’t resolve anything because you don’t see the golf course built."


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