The Land Report

2019.1

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"e ranch oered skiing, and you didn't need national forest ground," Mirr says. He explained to me that many ski areas are built on private lands, but the skiing is on public lands leased from the Forest Service. Although this parcel does adjoin Forest Service lands, the acre- age itself would be more than suitable for a sizeable resort. "We focused on the proximity to the airport, and having this vertical drop for skiing with this much snow," Mirr says. Just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City, 15 minutes to Ogden, and 10 min- utes from the Holding family's Snowbasin Resort, the location was a premium selling point. "I always thought if there were a property that could be another ski resort in Utah, it would be this one," says Raf- ferty. "You very quickly feel far away from the city. It's amaz- ing to me that there's a property this close to the Wasatch Front, home to millions of people, yet you still feel so remote. It's really spectacular." In all likelihood, Ken Mirr of Mirr Ranch Group got the Wasatch Peaks Ranch listing because of his legal training as a public lands attorney as well as his successful career in the bro- kerage business. And although Mirr had seen his fair share of unique properties, this one stood out. "You just don't •nd this type of location in the West very often — untouched and raw with river, trees, and an alpine setting," he says. "But we thought, 'Is someone going to buy this for $46 million just to raise cows and hunt elk?'" From the very beginning, Mirr and his Utah associate, broker Chris Corroon, posi- tioned the ranch to buyers with an interest in developing some kind of ski resort. HIGH COUNTRY Eleven miles of ridgeline tower over Wasatch Peaks Ranch. 69 L ANDREP ORT.COM SPRING 20 19 | e LandReport

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