Talisker & Vail Trying To Evict Park City Mountain Resort

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In a truly wild turn in what has been an increasingly heated and hostile lawsuit, Talisker (and by association, Vail Resorts) dropped off an eviction notice at the offices of Park City Mountain Resort Wednesday, giving them until Labor Day to vacate the thousands of acres of ski terrain they’ve been leasing from Talisker. This comes in the middle of a lawsuit in which PCMR has sued Talisker in order to legitimize a 2011 renewal of a lease for the land on which PCMR operates, which they have rented for the paltry annual sum of $155,000 on terms that have essentially remained unchanged since the 1970s.

Talisker’s eviction notice comes after PCMR admitted in court documents that it missed the renewal date for its lease with Talisker by two days, and either by mistake or intention, postmarked the documents to the last possible day for renewal, April 30, 2011. In the eviction notice, Talisker cited PCMR’s refusal to agree upon a “fair rent” for the ski terrain and the backdating scandal as two reasons why it is taking “a different approach to our dispute and long-term relationship.”

If Talisker wins the lawsuit, control of PCMR could be handed over to Vail Resorts, as such a possibility was included in the lease agreement Vail signed with Talisker recently to operate The Canyons for the next 50 years. Many Park City locals are lambasting PCMR for crying wolf, and while they don’t expect the resort will actually close this winter, more than a couple are hoping an Epic Pass allowing access to both PCMR and The Canyons is the result of this legal saga.

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