Oquirrh ski resort still a possibility

For years, tales of a mystical skiers' paradise tucked deep in the Oquirrh Mountains captured the fancy of Utahns.

Then late in 2007, Kennecott Land, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Ltd., announced it was going to turn fable into reality by building a west-bench Shangri-La of its own, although no timetable was provided.

Now, in the midst of a recession, some sure things seem less so, although Kennecott Land president Don Whyte remains optimistic about bringing downhill skiing to the Oquirrhs.

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