Utah’s Powder Mountain has seen an influx of monied entrepreneurs, but longtime residents fear something special is being lost

What bothers Dan Harris the most, he said, on a rickety chair on the porch of his 90-year-old, 800ft “cracker box farm house”, is how the owners of the mountain across the street don’t seem to feel the same devotion to it that he does.

As he described it, they have turned “a near-pristine” Utah mountain top where he hiked, hunted and skied as a youth into a landscape studded with holiday homes for high-profile business and media tycoons. “If you want a second vacation home, why use all those resources and space, all this potential wildlife habitat for a place you’re going to visit a couple of times a year?” he said. “It just seems kind of arrogant.”

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