Senate passes Udall’s ski area bill
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – The Senate unanimously passed Sen. Mark Udall’s Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act on Tuesday.
“I’m thrilled to report that the ski areas bill is now headed to the president’s desk to be signed into law,” Udall said Tuesday on his Facebook page. “This is a great win for Colorado’s mountain towns – with a simple clarification to the law, we’re helping ski towns and resorts create hundreds of jobs and bolster communities during the shoulder seasons.”
The bill was passed through the House of Representatives Oct. 3.
The legislation updates the statutes governing how the U.S. Forest Service regulates the use of public land by ski resorts and permits new year-round recreational uses, such as zip-lines, mountain biking and ropes courses.
The bill was first introduced into the House of Representatives by Udall in 2008 and was reintroduced in the House by Rep. Diana DeGette during the 111th Congress (2009-10) and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah during the current Congress.
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Udall has championed the bill in the Senate.
The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama in the upcoming weeks.
“The passage by the Senate of the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act marks a major milestone in the ability for ski resort operators across the country to offer appropriate, year-round recreational activities on U.S. Forest Service lands,” said Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz. “The bill will allow ski resorts to add new jobs during the summer and will help increase employment in rural mountain communities across the country. This opens up new opportunities for the entire ski industry.”
Katz said he hopes the Forest Service will act quickly to craft regulations that will allow for the benefits of the bill to be realized.
“We look forward to expanding our partnership with the USFS to create new recreational opportunities for kids and families that encourage engagement in outdoor activities,” he said.