Vail Resorts wants to expand year round activities

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 6, 2009 12:22 pm

Several ski areas around the country, even around the world offer such beautiful and serene backdrops, that there’s no reason not to enjoy them in the off season. Sure, you can’t ski Vail mountain in the summertime, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go hiking, or play disc golf (like these dudes in the pic).  That’s why Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz is pushing for Congress to pass a bill that would make it easier to get more summer activities approved at his company’s ski resorts.

Vail correspondent to the Aspen Times Lauren Glendenning has more: “Katz testified before he U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Thursday in Washington to tell members to back the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2009, or House Bill 2476, sponsored by Colorado’s Rep. Diana DeGette…’Ski areas are the perfect place to accommodate these large numbers of forest visitors, and not just in the winter,’ Katz said during his testimony…The bill would amend the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to allow year-round mountain resort activities ‘as determined appropriate.’ Vail Resorts wants the bill to pass because it would be a consistent way to go about growing year-round recreation at ski areas across the country, he said. There’s a lack of consistency about what’s allowed at ski resorts during the summer, he said…U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who represents the Vail area, also testified on behalf of the bill, stating that skiing is more than just an activity in his district, but it’s a way of life and critical to the local economy. ‘The ability of ski areas to offer these benefits year-round means the survival of communities and businesses not just in my district, but across the country,’ Polis said. ‘It means a more stable economy, better communities and a better quality of life by balancing the influx of winter guests with the void of summer visitors.’”

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