UPDATE: Deadline extended in Park City ski resort eviction case

Posted at 9:05 AM, Aug 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-25 14:38:09-04

PARK CITY — In another letter to the judge overseeing the eviction case surrounding Park City Mountain Resort, lawyers ask for more time for mediation.

“As of this morning, the parties continue to work in good faith with the mediator,” Talisker Holdings attorney John Lund wrote in the letter obtained by FOX 13.

Lawyers for Talisker and PCMR asked for a deadline extension until Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.

Read the letter to the judge here:

Letter to judge from PCMR Talisker

In a statement to Fox 13, PCMR President Jenni Smith expressed hope a settlement could be reached.

The mediation deadline has been extended to Friday, August 29. PCMR will continue to negotiate with Vail in the hope that a reasonable settlement can be reached. The Park City Mountain Resort team lives in this community and realizes what is at stake. Only PCMR will be able to operate the resort for the upcoming 2014/15 season, unless a long-term solution is reached immediately. Our goal is, and has always been, to keep the resort open for the 2014/15 season.

This is the second mediation deadline extension requested by the two companies, which have been locked in high-stakes litigation over the future of the resort. A judge in Silver Summit’s 3rd District Court ruled that PCMR missed a key deadline to renew its lease on the mountain, which is controlled by Talisker.

The judge then signed an eviction order for PCMR, which owns the base of the mountain, but ordered both sides into mediation.

The legal war has the potential to impact thousands of jobs and severely hurt Utah’s billion dollar tourism industry. Most recently, Summit County and Park City leaders urged both sides to come to a resolution to ensure a ski season will take place for the resort.