Film of skiers on 14ers broke rules |

Film of skiers on 14ers broke rules

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Filmmaker Ben Galland has lots of footage of skiers on Colorado fourteeners, but all of it may be against the rules as far as the U.S. Forest Service is concerned.

Galland had already finished filming when he applied for the permit required by law. That permit has been denied by the White River National Forest and five other national forests.

A main reason the permit was denied is that many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks are in national wilderness areas, the Forest Service said.

The permit asked permission to use low-flying helicopters to film skiers on the peaks, but this does not qualify as’ “primitive recreation” under the Wilderness Act of 1964 and is not allowed, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The film stars skier Chris Davenport skiing many of Colorado’s highest peaks, an activity the Forest Service said was no beneficial to wilderness.

“In order to be beneficial to wilderness, a film must benefit wilderness values, including concepts such as solitude, untrammeled nature and the absence of urbanism,” the Forest Service said.

The film could also attract others to ski the peaks, the Forest Service said.

“By approving a film that promotes additional use of these areas, we will only be contributing to loving these wild places to death,” said Rich Doak, acting recreation officer for the White River National Forest.

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