New fee on receipts for mountain dining |

New fee on receipts for mountain dining

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VAIL When you stop at Mid-Vail for a burger and a hot chocolate, you might notice an extra charge on your receipt. Vail Resorts has added a USFS Fee line on receipts for on-mountain dining. The ski company must pay a portion of the revenue it makes on the mountain to the U.S. Forest Service. In previous years, the U.S. Forest Service fees were absorbed into the price of food without appearing as a separate item on receipts, said Vail Mountain Chief Operating Officer Bill Jensen.State and local taxes are already appearing separately on receipts. We felt that adding the Forest Service fee was more in line with adding the taxes that people were already seeing, he said.Vail Resorts is collecting 5 percent on food to pay the Forest Service fee, Jensen said. The separate charge on receipts went into effect around Christmastime, Jensen said.On-mountain ski shops were already charging the Forest Service fee as a separate item, Jensen said.The change takes effect at all of Vail Resorts five ski mountains.In addition, leaving the fee absorbed into the price of food would have forced resorts to charge more than $8 for hamburgers, Jensen said, so the decision to separate the fee this year was a presentation value issue, he said.Theres no talk of separating the fee for lift tickets or ski school lessons, he said.Commercial users of National Forest land are required to pay the federal government a portion of the revenue they take in, said Cal Wettstein, district ranger for the Holy Cross Ranger District.We do that with any commercial use on public lands, Wettstein said.The money goes to the U.S. Treasury, not specifically to the Forest Service, Wettstein said.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or, Colorado

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