Wed 14 Apr 2010
Solitude Mountain Resort is applying for 182 acres of lift served skiing in Silver Fork Canyon, a reduction from the original proposal of 462 acres. The popular Meadow Chutes and West Bowl are NOT part of the proposed expansion that would include only one new lift, as well as a realignment of the current Honeycomb Return Lift. Solitude currently holds 167 acres in Silver Fork. This addition, consitent with existing watershed protection, represents a mere .0001% of the Wasatch Cache National Forest.
Many Solitude skiers presently use this area of Silver Fork for resort accessed side-country lap style skiing. Safe monitoring of this terrain will benefit these skiers, as well as expected additional Utah recreationists. Utah continues to grow as both a skier destination and in local population – with skier visits increasing by 37% in the past ten years.
This application is consistent with the US Forest Service’s Management Direction, which recognizes the importance of recreation in close proximity to the Wasatch Front, whose population is projected to double by 2030. The USFS encourages private enterprises to developed recreation facilities that contribute to the local economy.