I'd ride (or used to at least) the wasatch backcountry all the time. and personally I just don't give a flying fuck if there is a tower here and there. I'm not talking about any of the resorts expanding their territory one single acre. Thats not what I want. All I'm advocating is an easy way to commute via gondola across the wasatch. this doesn't mean more people in the backcountry. has absolutely nothing to do wit backcountry.
imagine if you could take a few runs at snowbird, then take a gondola over to solitude and take some runs there, then take the gondola over to park city and spend the night barhopping on main street. all without having to drive. I just don't see the drawback. and the "i don't want to have to see a tower" excuse is lame. what is the true potential of utah?..... one word, Whistler.