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The Case Against the Gondola

No Gondola
Brian Albers
No Gondola

The Utah Department of Transportation received more than 35,000 comments about its plans to build a gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon. According to one count, more than 60% of commenters opposed the idea.

Objections to the gondola run the gamut. Some say it’s too expensive. Others say it will deface the canyon, that it will only serve the ski resorts, that it would ruin valued climbing spots, or that it will only foist the canyon’s traffic woes onto nearby communities. Carl Fisher, the director of Save Our Canyons, claims the gondola would “undoubtedly destroy” Little Cottonwood. He’s among our guests as we explore the case against a gondola, and ask if it's too late to stop it.


  • Mike Marker | President of the Friends of Little Cottonwood Canyon 
  • Carl Fisher | Executive Director of Save Our Canyons
  • Nathaniel Coleman | Professional climber, silver medalist in men's combined sport climbing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Airdate: Friday, October 20, 2023 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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