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    Epic and Iconic One Wasatch transit plans revealed

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    Rode a lift today at crested Butte with a local. She said other than the high holidays (black out on some epic passes at the I-70 mountains) she hasn’t seen much impact of epic. But I checked in at the base office this morning and they said they are seeing more “front rangers”.
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    My post was mainly tongue and cheek. Keep reading on here how bad the parking and traffic has been at the Utah resorts this year. Now picture what a 50% increase in skier visits might do? Granted, there will be less people driving from resort to resort if the interconnecting lifts are reasonably efficient. However, there would be a MASSIVE increase in skiers coming to the state if One Wasatch came to fruition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    My post was mainly tongue and cheek. Keep reading on here how bad the parking and traffic has been at the Utah resorts this year. Now picture what a 50% increase in skier visits might do? Granted, there will be less people driving from resort to resort if the interconnecting lifts are reasonably efficient. However, there would be a MASSIVE increase in skiers coming to the state if One Wasatch came to fruition.
    That's a key point, also, they'd be spread around. I dont see it as a problem at all.
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    Maybe. I just keep reading horror story after horror story about the traffic into the Canyons this year and places running out of parking. Increase the number of visitors by 50% and what does it look like? Never mind the lift lines and snow getting tracked out that much faster.


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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Increase the number of visitors by 50% and what does it look like?
    Do you have a basis for that number? I think ONE Wasatch (were it to ever happen) would have a huge economically positive impact on the entire Wasatch ring, but I cant imagine it would lead to a 50% increase in skier visits. That sounds over-the-top. I know the ONE Wasatch folks did impact study type stuff, but I dont even think ONE Wasatch promised that.
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    They figured this out in Europe 20-30 years ago and it seems to work fine. Not sure they will ever pull it off here though.

    One big issue would be generating enough traffic to justify a mass transit system up the Cottonwood Canyons (for example, train only access to Zermatt). I don't think you could do it. The train to Zermatt runs 18 hours a day as frequently as every 20 minutes and is consistently full in winter and summer. If you eliminated cars in the Canyons could you fill the trains?
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    So the big issue is that the economy here is booming. And folks are coming here in droves. Housing costs are really high. Forecasts are that the population is going to continue to grow. Is that a guarantee? No. But One Wasatch doesn't fix the traffic issue with the population growth. One Wasatch only really benefits Park City skiers who can ski over to the Cottonwoods. Makes sense for those visitors. Doesn't make sense for me.

    As to mass transit option, that is a DECADES long issue and the bigger problem is that Utah is cheap as f%^k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    Do you have a basis for that number? I think ONE Wasatch (were it to ever happen) would have a huge economically positive impact on the entire Wasatch ring, but I cant imagine it would lead to a 50% increase in skier visits. That sounds over-the-top. I know the ONE Wasatch folks did impact study type stuff, but I dont even think ONE Wasatch promised that.
    I'm curious what their thoughts are on increased traffic.

    To put things in perspective, Vail, Breck and Keystone do about as many skier visits as the entire state of Utah. A bit over 4M visits a year on average. You create an interconnected mega resort of 7 different ski areas and market it correctly and there's a real possibility with it's easier access to an airport that One Wasatch could draw 5+ million visits a season.

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