The hearing before District Court Judge Ryan Harris was the latest legal action in advance of a possible trial that could well decide which corporation operates Park City Mountain Resort in the future – current owner Powdr Corp. or neighboring Canyons operator Vail Resorts.
Arguments centered on whether an earlier ruling that PCMR should be held to the strict conditions of a lease that it has had with Canyons for most of its skiable terrain. Talisker Land Holdings, which owns the land beneath PCMR’s trails and slopes, contends that PCMR failed to renew its 40-year lease in a timely fashion after it expired in 2011. PCMR argues otherwise.
As reported by the Park Record, the hearing dealt with PCMR’s desire that the judge reconsider his earlier ruling that the resort was required to strictly comply with the terms of the leases.
Talisker attorneys want the judge to find that it was not that firm's fault that PCMR did not renew the leases on time, and Talisker did not waive the lease requirements for an extension.
Talisker attorneys have argued that a failure to respond on time means that the owner of Canyons Resort can assign the lease of PCMR to whomever it wants, likely Vail Resorts who has provided lawyers in the case.
The judge said he would issue rulings on this issue in about 60 days. The contending parties return to court Tuesday (April 8) to try to hear arguments from PCMR that the resort was denied a right of first refusal when Talisker agreed to allow Vail Resorts to operate Canyons Resort.
If Talisker wins the case, that agreement would include terrain at PCMR.
Photo: Canyons Resort (pictured) and Park City Mountain Resort are still disputing lease (Canyons/Bob Bossi)