SKI AREAS GIVEN PERMISSION TO CONDUCT SUMMER ACTIVITIES

forest-service-signThe U.S. Forest Service’s final guidelines, announced yesterday, includes a provision to create year-round, sustainable jobs in mountain communities by expanding summer recreation opportunities on public lands. The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, which had broad bipartisan support, strengthens Colorado’s mountain communities and stabilizes local jobs throughout the year by allowing ski areas on federal land to offer summer activities such as mountain bike trails, disc golf courses and zip lines.  The Forest Service estimates that the provision will increase summer visits to national forests by 600,000 people each year, create 600 full- or part-time jobs and inject nearly $40 million into mountain communities. Previously, federal land use regulations limited recreation on Forest Service land to Nordic and alpine skiing.