While backcountry skiing in Big Cottonwood Canyon the other day, I met a fellow ski tourer who was a ski patroller from Chamonix, France. He is working as a patroller at a Utah resort, and on his day off he chose to tour the undeveloped backcountry rather than ski at a resort.
I asked him what he thought of adding lifts to link the Wasatch ski areas together ("Ski resort GMs line up to back ‘One Wasatch,’" Tribune, March 19). He replied: "That is a silly idea. You should keep it like it is. You have both resorts and undeveloped areas right next to each other. We don’t have anything like that in Europe. Everything is developed."
When a world traveler would rather ski the Utah backcountry than a resort, I wonder why we would ever want the Wasatch to be developed like the Alps. Why should everything be developed?
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