Letter: Alta Ski Area supports the gondola alternative

We support all parties working together on transportation issues.

On May 7, The Salt Lake Tribune published an article with the heading “Alta Ski Area shuns gondola, says metering signals could be answer to Little Cottonwood Canyon traffic.” The article highlighted the “Red Snake Letter” recently sent by the Alta Community to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). While the article summarized traffic congestion issues experienced by visitors to Alta as well as potential solutions, the article’s headline was misleading, suggesting that Alta no longer supports the gondola.

Alta Ski Area does support the gondola alternative and all transportation improvements that increase public safety, reduce traffic congestion and gridlock in all weather conditions and facilitate an equitable exit from Alta and Snowbird. The Red Snake Letter identified issues and potential solutions that could be made in the short term to address traffic congestion issues today and will complement other transportation improvements made in the future, such as a gondola.

Alta Ski Area is supportive of all parties working together on transportation issues that help visitors to Little Cottonwood Canyon experience the beauty, majesty and magic of Little Cottonwood Canyon and the greatest snow on earth.

Michael Maughan, general manager at Alta Ski Area

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