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Udall pushes for year-round activities at ski areas

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

WASHINGTON ” U.S. Rep. Mark Udall has proposed a bill that aims to make it clear that the Forest Service is authorized to allow year-round recreational activities at ski areas. The bill revises a 1986 law that governs the permitting of ski areas.

“(The) proposed bill addresses an ambiguity in federal law governing ski area permits that would probably surprise most Coloradans,” Udall said in a press release. “Most of us know that ski areas have more to offer than just downhill skiing and snowboarding in the winter months. These areas are increasingly the preferred destination for family vacations and weekend recreation yearround. My bill would make it clear that activities like mountain biking, concerts and other appropriate uses can be allowed at these ski areas.”

The text of the proposed bill can be at http://markudall.house.gov/HoR/co02/press+corp/skiareasbill .

Udall is seeking public comment on the bill. The public can either call 303-650-7820 or submit a comment through the Web site at http://www.house.gov/markudall.

Vail and Beaver Creek both operate on Forest Service land under special permit from the agency.

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