Letter: Despite public outrage, UDOT and their cronies are poised to get their way on the gondola

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Community member Jennifer Weiler, Dani Poirier with Wasatch Back County Alliance and Jack Stauss, from left, fly large balloons over the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, to demonstrate the height of gondola towers the Utah Department of Transportation is proposing be built to carry people up to Alta and Snowbird ski resorts.

Please, please keep writing about the proposed gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon!

This is the plan:

  1. 40 poles, each 15 feet in diameter, serviced by new roads big enough for huge trucks, will cut through the wilderness of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

  2. The exact price has not been revealed by UDOT but it will be expensive to ride the gondola. (Between $50- $110 per trip)

  3. It only services two sites.

  4. It won’t run in the summer.

  5. It’s paid for by taxpayers but only benefits Snowbird, Alta, La Callie, The Tree Farm, and Chris McCandless and Wayne Niederhauser.

  6. It’s taken from transportation money meant for the entire state of Utah

  7. There’s new evidence that the gondola would kill and injure birds during night migrations through the canyon.

This is what UDOT has decided.

UDOT is made up of a group of unelected leaders.

Snowbird previously purchased the plots of land for the Gondola B option from CW Management, owned by Chris McCandless and Wayne Niederhauser – two of Utah’s most prominent developers/politicians– who have openly used their political positions to pass development which benefits their bank accounts – not us.

Despite the public outrage (80% or more of residents don’t want this, and if the rest of the state knew about this, they’d be as outraged as I am) UDOT, and their cronies will get their way, unless it’s exposed, because the public input is not placed on a ballot.

You can expose this. Please publish our comments. We can still stop this!

Please, please, write!

Elizabeth Eve King, Cottonwood Heights

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