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Ski-lift link sought between two Utah resorts

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce is organizing a coalition to push for a ski lift that would connect two Utah resorts if Congress goes along with a sale of national forest land.

The chamber is enlisting notable Utah figures who say it's the start of something big — the first lift connection among the cluster of Wasatch resorts. Together they could make for one of North America's largest skiing complexes.

Jake Garn — former U.S. senator, Navy pilot and astronaut — says a gondola connecting the Canyons and Solitude resorts would allow people to ski both sides of the Wasatch mountains without driving around.

The LIFT UTAH coalition was announced as 40 backcountry skiers and environmentalists stood outside the Salt Lake chamber Tuesday to protest the development of high alpine terrain where the snow piles deep.

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