Park City ski area served with eviction notice over lease dispute

September 1, 2013 • National News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lease d[auth] ispute between two Park City ski resorts has escalated with one resort serving an eviction notice on the other, the rivals said Thursday.
Park City Mountain Resort is supposed to vacate its ski area — and leave the chair lifts and lodges behind — by Monday, but says it’s not going anywhere.
The eviction notice was served Wednesday by a subsidiary of resort operator Talisker Corp., which owns much of the land at Park City Mountain Resort.
Talisker operated the nearby Canyons ski area until recently, when it sold the operation to Vail Resorts Inc., a Colorado-based company that is continuing the fight with Park City Mountain Resort.
An attorney for Talisker, John Lund, told The Associated Press that nobody will try to evict Park City Mountain Resort by force Monday, and that the eviction notice is the first step in a lengthy process. An employee of Vail Resorts served the eviction order on behalf of Talisker Land Holdings LLC.
Separately, Vail Resorts said it wasn’t trying to immediately shut down Park City Mountain Resort but was “concerned with the behavior” of the tenant.
Lawyers for Talisker say they recently discovered that Park City Mountain Resort backdated a letter claiming it was renewing its lease, even though the time for renewing had long passed. It filed objections in court to the “deception,” and a judge set a hearing for Sept. 6.
Talisker says Park City Mountain Resort failed to renew a long-term lease by a deadline March 1, 2011, waited months for the lease to expire, then sent a letter May 2, 2011, backdated by two days that claimed to renew the lease the day it expired, on April 30, 2011.
Now Talisker Land Holdings is playing hardball by trying to evict Park City Mountain Resort.
“Your backdating of this notice and your apparent efforts to keep it hidden force us to take a different approach to our dispute and long-term relationship,” Talisker said in a letter Wednesday to Park City Mountain Resort.
Jenni Smith, president and general manager of Park City Mountain Resort, released a statement to the AP on Thursday that didn’t address the backdating allegation but took aim at Vail Resorts Inc.
“Vail’s action is nothing more than a bald-faced attempt to circumvent the litigation already in pro-cess and interfere with our business,” Smith said. “We will not give in to Vail’s bullying, and look forward to conducting business as usual for the 2013-14 season.”

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