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Judge Issues Eviction Order for PCMR

A judge has signed an order that clears the way for Park City Mountain Resort to be evicted from the mountain.

At the end of a hearing over the eviction issue in Silver Summit’s 3rd District Court today, Judge Ryan Harris granted a requested by Talisker Holdings to evict PCMR. The judge however halted enforcement of that order until August 27 and ordered both sides to go into mediation.

In a ruling last month, Judge Harris declared PCMR missed a key deadline to renew its lease on the mountain. At today’s hearing, Talisker, which is the landlord over the mountain, urged the judge to sign the eviction order.

Evicting Park City Mountain Resort will be difficult and costly if PCMR carry out their plans to dismantle equipment on the mountain. While Talisker owns the slopes, PCMR owns the base of the mountain, including the ski lifts, the parking lot and much of the development around it.

There is still a chance that an agreement can be reached between both sides.

Park City Mountain Resort, one-time Olympic venue, is considered a crown jewel of Utah’s multi-billion dollar ski industry. The resort employs about 4,600 people and generates millions of dollars each year for the Park City economy. 25-percent of all out-of-state ski tourism visits PCMR.

PCMR was served with an eviction notice last year, stemming from a lawsuit it filed against Talisker Holdings, Talisker said PCMR missed a key deadline to renew its lease.

PCMR claimed it was an “honest mistake.” Attorneys for the ski resort argued they had been operating on the belief they were renewing their lease, making improvements to the property and talking about long-term goals.

The ongoing litigation surrounding PCMR is not expected to impact the upcoming ski season. The mediation deadline is August 15.

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