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Huge new US ski area moves step closer
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The 7 main resorts in Utah will one day be connected according to resort officials. It would create a ski area to rival the large linked areas of the Alps.

The prediction comes from the seven resort managers following a series of meetings this month. 

They say they are committed to making it happen but at the moment it is an idea, rather a practical and costed programme.

The resorts of Deer Valley, Park City, Canyons, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solititude could be connected with just a few chairlifts and a bit of understanding.

If it goes ahead the new linked area would have 100 lifts, 750 ski runs over an area of 18,000 acres.

The area would be easily the biggest in North America and dwarf other rivals. It would be three times the size of the US resort of Vail in Colorado and double the size of Whistler in Canada.

An umbrella group Ski Utah has been discussing it and is asking the public to comment and give its views.  Ski Utah is the marketing arm of Utah's ski resorts.

The idea has been talked about for years and we reported on the proposal when we last visited Utah in 2012 - see here for that PlanetSKI story.

The project would cost $30m and some say it will be a decade before it happens.

Some fear for the environmental impact on the watertable and the flora and fauna.

Others believe it would ruin the pristine backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

The supporters of the project believe it must happen so the areas can compete with the resorts in California and Colorado that have greater numbers of skier visits.

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The public has until March 28th to make comments.

To comment then see here.

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