CategoryMountain Accord

The Mountain Accord Still Makes Me Shake My Head Sometimes

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I’ve heard through the grapevine that the Mountain Accord process appears to be headed in the right direction. I’m still filing that in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” folder. That said, sometimes you have to trust people in the know that say things are getting better with the organization. Then you get an email from Mountain Accord and it makes you shake your...

Planning on Skiing Alta or Snowbird Tomorrow (1/13)? Ride the Bus for Free.

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UTA is offering free bus service up Little Cottonwood Canyon on Wednesday 1/13. In addition, for every person riding the bus or carpool (4 people per car), Mountain Accord will donate $1 to an organization called Protect Our Winters (POW).
If you are headed up you may want to give the bus a try and see what you think.
More details can be found here.
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The Biggest Mountain Accord Conflict of Interest is Yet To Come

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Let me preface this post by saying it’s mostly speculation. Still, if you are concerned with the Mountain Accord, you may want to continue reading. The Mountain Accord launched a few years ago to charges that it was really a transportation plan, shrouded in an environmental veil. The Mountain Accord folks pivoted and made sure that the “focus” was environmental. Yet, some...

New Mountain Accord Information Continues to Paint Negative Picture

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  It seems like the Mountain Accord is just so huge, with so many angles, that it just doesn’t let people get out of their own way. Yep, another case of potential conflicts of interest has appeared surrounding Mountain Accord. A reader sent in an article from KUTV (Channel 2) about a 2013 Snowbird sponsored trip where three mayors and two Utah County Council Members were flown on a...

Self Indulgence and Where are the Women?

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Rarely do I get one email that provides such fodder. First, I receive an email from the Mountain Accord saying: Could it be more self indulgent? It’s like getting an email from Backcountry thanking Backcountry for being so AWESOME. Wow. Later it includes the picture below, which I assume is a photo of either the Executive Committee or the main members of the group. What’s missing...

What Exactly Is the Role of Mountain Accord?

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I received an email over the weekend, touting Mountain Accord’s involvement in funding a trails project at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. When I first read the email, I thought, “Well, at least some good is coming out of the Mountain Accord.” Yet a question kept nagging at me. Is this what we expect the Mountain Accord to be doing? In this case they provided $20,000 to...

Mountain Accord… It Only Seems to Gets Worse

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I have often thought of this quote from the movie The Godfather when thinking about Mountain Accord and the people involved. Mountain Accord is a “process” by which leaders from across the region are officially working together to “preserve the Wasatch” but in reality each “partner” has different motives. Some groups cooperate because they think there will be...

Is There Anyone Still Opposing the Mountain Accord?

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I received an email this week from a Friend of the Park Rag. He forwarded news that Wasatch Backcountry Alliance was now supporting the Mountain Accord. I guess the old motto of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” still holds true. A couple of thoughts come to mind: I wonder if anyone is still out there opposing the Accord? This has been a good education on how things...

Our Government Leaders Are Now Responsible for the Outcome of Mountain Accord

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Last night the Summit County Council, like the Park City City Council before them, approved an agreement that keeps our community in the Mountain Accord process for the next three years. The decision will likely prove to be very courageous, very stupid, or perhaps both. No matter the outcome, one thing is clear, our governments have signed themselves up for the responsibility of ensuring a...

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