The corporation that runs [R314R, Park City Mountain Resort] has filed a lawsuit to force the extension of a lease it has with the corporation that owns [R362R, Canyons Resort] on land where most of the slopes and trails of Park City Mountain Resort are located.

In the complaint filed in Summit County District Court, Greater Park City Company, owners and operators of the ski and snowboard resort, and Greater Properties, a Jackson, Wyo., firm that owns base area land around the resort, contend that Talisker Land Holdings and United Park City Mines Co. have notified them that leases on some 3,700 acres had expired in April 2011, and negotiations among the parties hadn’t produced an extension.

"If we do not prevail . . . Park City Mountain Resort could be forced to close," Jenni Smith, the president and general manager of PCMR, said in news reports. Park City Mountain Resort is owned by Powdr Corp., which owns [R113R, Copper Mountain], [R319R, Pico Mountain], [R198R, Killington], [R265R, Mt. Bachelor] and several other winter resorts.

Officials at Talisker, a Canadian company that bought Canyons in 2008, responded in a press release that they had no plans to force PCMR to close but "PCMR's lease of Talisker's land expired in 2011. Talisker has offered PCMR new lease terms, and the parties have been in discussions regarding such new lease terms, which are subject to an agreement of confidentiality.”

United Park City Mines had bought up thousands of mining claims all over the mountains above Park City that date back to the silver heyday in the late 1800s. As the area’s largest landowner, the company turned to skiing as a remedy for the area’s economy in the 1960s, and the first lifts went up at Park City in 1963.

To view the lawsuit, click here.