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Opinion: Build the gondola

Wouldn’t the view up the canyon from a gondola be spectacular and more relaxing?

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Gondola Works released an animated video that depicts what a gondola system would look like in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The Utah Department of Transportation released an animated video Tuesday, June 29, 2021, that depicts what a gondola system would look like in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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I totally agree with Lee Benson’s column, “What makes the most sense for Little Cottonwood Canyon?” He easily lists all the positive points for building a gondola. Not only would it serve the ski crowds in the winter, but it would be of interest for locals and tourists all through the year. 

A few years ago, my husband and I took advantage of the gondola ride in Palm Springs when visiting our daughter in Southern California. We still consider it a high point in our travels.    

I have also wondered if buses would not get stuck in traffic and stopped by avalanches? And widening the road means more cars and more pollution in the narrow canyon. And, no longer would people be stranded at the top of the mountain — just ride the gondola down.    

The last two weeks, all the local news stations have shown photographs of the stunning mountain foliage. This has caused many traffic jams in the canyons as leaf-peepers tried to get their own pictures. Wouldn’t the view up the canyon from a gondola be spectacular and more relaxing? I say, go big — go gondola!

Becky Hansen

Murray