After attending the University of Utah, I became addicted to the incredible lifestyle you can create here in the Central Wasatch Mountains. There is no other place in the world that has an excellent economic growth engine with such easy access to the great outdoors.
Over the last 40 years I have watched as ski resorts and associated development expanded their boundaries and took away pristine backcountry terrain. My various crews of ski buddies have certainly enjoyed the access to new terrain with high speed lifts! But, it is time to stop building on what little backcountry exists.