The controversy boils down to a question of whether the lift would endanger the watershed that supplies the Salt Lake area or harm other parts of the fragile mountain environment. Developers say no. The city and county say yes.
Meanwhile, because the land “SkiLink” would use is owned by the federal government, four members of Utah’s congressional delegation have introduced a bill that would allow construction (Rep. Jim Matheson, the lone Democrat, is also the lone opponent). Becker says the bill excludes any consideration by local governments.