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PCMR launches petition website to stay open for ski season

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Aug 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-20 12:31:06-04

PARK CITY — The operators of Park City Mountain Resort have launched a petition website ahead of a court hearing that could determine whether the popular ski resort is open for business this winter, or evicted from the slopes.

The website, Keep Park City Open, launched Tuesday with a message from PCMR President Jenni Smith.

“Our top priority is making the upcoming season a success for Park City, the team at PCMR and our guests. To that end, today we launched KeepParkCityOpen.com, a new website designed to let the community voice their support for keeping the resort open,” she said in a statement.

“We’re doing this because we feel strongly about keeping Park City and the resort open this season. For the last 50 years we’ve opened PCMR to guest from around the world so they could experience what locals love—PCMR’s world-class skiing and snowboarding. That’s our goal this year, too, and we’re fighting for an immediate, fair resolution with Vail Resorts.”

From the “Keep Park City Open” website:

Keep Park City Open

PCMR is in the midst of a legal battle with Talisker Holdings, which controls the mountain that the resort’s slopes are on. PCMR owns the base of the mountain. A judge ruled that PCMR missed a deadline to renew its lease for the slopes, and signed an eviction order — and then told both sides to enter into mediation.

On Friday, FOX 13 reported that both sides reported talks continuing in mediation. Court filings show that PCMR was willing to pay up to $6.5 million in a bond to ensure a ski season. Talisker submitted its own figures to the judge, but those were redacted.

Third District Court Judge Ryan Harris has set an Aug. 27 hearing where it is expected he will set a bond amount that could ensure a ski season for PCMR.

On Wednesday, PCMR sent FOX 13 an “open letter” to the Park City community due to be published in the town’s newspaper. Read the letter below.