Senator Mark Udall’s public-lands bill to allow the Forest Service to permit appropriate shoulder-season recreation in ski areas passed the House this week under suspension.
“My bill would help the mountain communities create jobs and boost their economies while creating more recreational opportunities for Coloradans to visit the mountains,” Udall said. “It’s time for the Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass my bill on the floor.”
The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011 (H.R.765) will be sent to the Senate for consideration.
The bill would authorize the Forest Service to permit appropriate year-round recreational activities beyond the alpine and Nordic skiing already allowed in ski areas on public lands. This would allow the ski areas to offer activities such as mountain biking and concerts during their shoulder seasons, thereby boosting tourism and bolstering economic stability in nearby communities throughout the year.
Udall has been pushing for several years to pass this bill. In May, the ENR Committee’s Public Lands Subcommittee passed the bill out of committee.