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There’s Still Time To Tell UDOT It’s The Wrong Choice.

The buzz around UDOT’s proposed gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) has reached a fever pitch—and Friends of Alta is proud to stand with our elected leaders and the communities most at stake by affirming the gondola is the wrong choice for our pristine canyon. It goes against everything Friends of Alta and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) stand for.

Why the proposed gondola is the wrong choice:
  • Impact: With a proposed 19 towers running up the canyon, the gondola would change the landscape we all know and love irreversibly. It will also risk contamination of the LCC watershed, which is responsible for providing swaths of vital water in Salt Lake Valley.

  • Cost: The proposed gondola has an estimated price tag of $592 million for taxpayers. Meanwhile, commonsense alternatives, such as enhanced bus service with possible limited road widening, would cost significantly less.

  • Access: If built, the gondola will have a fee for use and only stop at Snowbird and Alta. It will also require passengers to change their mode of transportation three times—from personal car to bus to gondola. Finally, it will be limited to people who’ve paid to access the ski area, leaving behind countless hikers, backcountry skiers, mountain bikers and more.

A poll released in early December showed just how opposed residents are: Only 20% of responding Utahns are in favor of a gondola. That’s why we’re working tirelessly to stop its construction. 


UDOT needs to hear our resounding NO to the proposed gondola—and our YES to commonsense alternatives with a phased approach: one informed by data to help us unearth the smartest, most eco-friendly solutions that respect what’s best for our canyon's long-term health. 

Your support is critical to our efforts. 

Let lawmakers and UDOT know that you stand with Friends of Alta.

Find your legislator and write or call today!

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