The trio of anticipated directives included the long-awaited guidance on summer development, which outlines specifics on how resorts can develop summer activities. The proposed directive — which is open to public comment through Dec. 2 — arrives almost two years after Congress passed the Ski Area Summer Recreational Enhancement Opportunity Act, allowing the Forest Service to permit more year-round activities at ski areas on public land.
Creatively included in the summer development proposal were widely heralded tweaks to a concessionaire-and-sponsor advertising policy that the agency released in May after eight years of evaluation. Another proposal outlined potential regulations for managing the increasing number of skiers who climb uphill on groomed trails.
"Even with the government shutdown, things are getting done. This topic must be 'essential,' " said Eldora ski area spokesman Rob Linde, who was happy to see the Forest Service immediately reacting to concerns about the proposed advertising policy.
The advertising policy — which was released in the spring — would have banned resorts from displaying the names of business partners such as car dealers on resort vehicles parked in ski-area lots. It would have prevented ski demos with manufacturers such as Liberty or Never Summer offering their wares from branded tents.
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