Utah's congressional delegation has proposed the sale of Forest Service land to Canada-based Talisker corporation in order for them to build a tram connecting two ski areas. The land sale is an attempt to make an end run around the public approval process (NEPA) that is typically required when ski areas expand their operating areas into Forest Service land. The proposed tram would bisect public land, disrupting primitive backcountry area. The area surrounding the tram, while not in-bounds to the ski area, would effectively become such, as skiers could ski in that terrain and then ride the lift back to the resort. 94% of the public surveyed is opposed to ski resort expansion in Utah's Wasatch mountains. Selling public land to private developers would circumvent the normal environmental impact reviews and is in direct contradiction with the desires of the majority of backcountry users and the public at large.
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