The standoff between Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) and Talisker Land Holdings has escalated following the issuance of an eviction notice by Talisker who owns the land the resort operates on. Powdr Corp (owners of PCMR) chairman and CEO John Cumming and PCMR attorney Alan Sullivan were issued the five day “notice to quit” on Wednesday, which stated that PCMR must vacate the premises by the end of Labor Day weekend. The eviction notice was signed by Vail Resorts attorney Fiona Arnold, and states that PCMR is a tenant, and its landlord, Talisker, is terminating that tenancy. The notice also states that the PCMR lease expired on April 30, 2011 and that the ski lifts and other improvements found on the land will belong to Talisker, but PCMR will be given 60 days to retrieve personal property and equipment not attached to the land.
KSL News weighs in on recent eviction notice
In a prepared statement, PCMR president and general manager Jenni Smith said, “Vail’s eviction notice is nothing more than a bald faced attempt to circumvent the litigation already in process and interfere with our business. We will not give in to Vail’s bullying and look forward to conducting business as usual for the 2013-14 season.”
[Update, August 29, 2013, 4:25 p.m.]
In regard to the Notice to Quit issued to Park City Mountain Resort by Talisker Land Holdings, Vail Resorts has issued the following statement:
“As we have previously stated, under the terms of our agreement with Talisker in connection with our lease of the Canyons, we have assumed oversight of the litigation between Talisker Land Holdings LLC and Park City Mountain Resort. We have an obligation to protect and preserve Talisker’s and our interest in this matter. We are concerned with the behavior that Park City Mountain Resort has demonstrated in this situation. Talisker issued Park City Mountain Resort the Notice to Quit as a necessary legal step to bring this issue to the Court and we anticipate that there will be a number of actions required to bring this dispute to closure. With that said, there is no intent by Talisker to take any action that would prevent PCMR’s ability to operate their resort during the upcoming 2013-2014 ski season. We are very cognizant of the importance of this situation to the entire Park City community and we look forward to bringing this situation and its uncertainty to a conclusion,” said Kelly Ladyga, vice president of corporate communications for Vail Resorts.
For more information read this article from local Utah news station KSL.