The Wasatch Mountains of Utah are like Nigeria, except instead of Christians and Muslims battling, it’s ski resorts and back country skiers. Different theologies of skiing.
Solitude had submitted plans to expand into Silver Fork Canyon, upsetting many back country skiers. Yesterday, Solitude announced it was scaling back those plans to only include the east side of the creek.
Instead of asking the U.S. Forest Service to amend its operating permit to include all of Silver Fork, a tributary of Big Cottonwood Canyon, the resort is seeking to add operations only on the east side of the creek that runs along the canyon bottom.
That leaves some popular terrain for backcountry skiers — Meadows Chutes and the upper west bowl of Silver Fork — out of the resort’s boundaries. It also creates a buffer zone along the creek that Solitude owner David DeSeelhorst believes should assuage water-quality concerns of the Salt