Park City Wins a Victory in On-going Dispute With Talisker
SAM Magazine--Park City, Utah, September 19, 2013--Yesterday, a district county judge in Summit County, Utah, ruled that Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) can ammend its complaint against Talisker Land Holdings LLC and argue that it had "first right of refusal" to buy the terrain that Talisker owns and leases to PCMR. The terrain does not include PCMR's base area, but a large part of its slopes. At issue in the long-standing lease battle between PCMR and Talisker is the fact that Talisker leased neighboring Canyons to Vail Resorts this past spring, and also turned over the management of the land under PCMR to Vail Resorts under the long-term lease arrangement. According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, PCMR attorney Alan Sullivan argued that Talisker’s agreement with Vail that allows the Colorado-based resort corporation to seek control of 3,700 acres of ski terrain adjacent to Park City violates the 1971 lease agreement between PCMR and United Park City Mines, which was purchased by Talisker.
Sullivan told the Tribune that Talisker "basically sold the land [that PCMR leases] to Vail" and that, "Vail has the right to collect rents ... and unilaterally sell the property. ... It has all the indications of ownership." Sullivan further argued that the deal should have been offered to PCMR first.
For its part, Talisker and Vail Resorts argued that the lease is null and void since PCMR missed the April 20, 2011 renewal deadline.
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