Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Program starts on Nov. 24, 2006 |

Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Program starts on Nov. 24, 2006

Daily Staff Report

DILLON – The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Program will head into its tenth season this year. Starting this Friday, Nov. 24, fees will be collected at the site throughout the winter until April 8, 2007.

The program charges fees for visitors to enjoy winter recreation at Vail Pass – such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and other activities.

The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Area encompasses more than 50,000 acres on the White River National Forest. It extends from Copper Mountain on the east, Vail Mountain on the west, Camp Hale on the south and the I-70 corridor on the north.

The collected fees provide maps, groomed trails, signage, maintenance of routes, enforcement, parking management, visitor information and backcountry monitoring by uniformed personnel.

The fees are $6 per person, per day; children 13 and under are free. Passes can be purchased at all portals to the area, and self-pay stations are available. Season passes are $40 and are available at the Vail Pass information booth and at the Forest Service offices in Silverthorne and Minturn.

Failure to pay the fee can result in enforcement action, and visitors are expected to comply with rules governing the area.

“There’s zero tolerance for those who choose not to pay the fee,” warned Patrol Ranger Tyler Kirkpatrick.

Christmas Day will be the only fee-free day this winter, Kirkpatrick said.

For more information, please contact the Dillon or Holy Cross Ranger Districts at (970) 468-5400 or (970) 827-5715.

Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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