Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act Passes Through Congress

Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act Passes Through Congress

Yesterday the U.S.Senate approved the ‘Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act’ (H.R. 765), which passed through the House last week. This bi-partisan bill is aimed at improving the summer ski area activities in places like Steamboat Springs. According to Steamboat Today, “The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, in the House of Representatives and by Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Mark Barasso, R-Wyo., in the Senate, clarifies the 25-year-old National Forest Ski Area Permit Act in terms of what kinds of recreational activities can take place on permitted ski area lands in both winter and summer. More important for Colorado mountain resorts like Steamboat Ski Area, the act removes some of the bureaucratic red tape that slows the permitting and eventual construction of summertime attractions like mountain bike trails and terrain parks.”

In layman’s terms some barriers have been lifted in making it easier for setting up summer time activities like mountain bike trails, which we saw an even bigger growth in this summer. This is great news for our economy which can now experience some growth during the summer months.

What do you think of the passage of this bill? Do you think it will disrupt our national forests even more?

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