Ski-area bill signed into law |

Ski-area bill signed into law

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – On Monday, President Obama signed into law Sen. Mark Udall’s bill to reduce federal regulations that aims to help mountain communities and ski areas create stable jobs through the shoulder seasons.

The bipartisan Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act makes a small change to the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to allow the Forest Service to permit ski areas to host activities beyond the currently allowed Nordic and alpine skiing. They can now consider permitting activities such as mountain biking, concerts and ropes courses on National Forest lands.

“After five years of pushing this through Congress, I am ecstatic that my bill has finally been signed into law. It’s a sign that, even after the contentious year we’ve had in Washington, we can still come together to pass a common-sense fix for communities around the country,” Udall said.

Udall introduced his ski areas recreational bill in the Senate in 2009, but the bill was blocked in the last days of the session. He reintroduced the bill earlier this year.

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