Federal Ski Bill Would Allow Summer Recreation

DENVER (AP) – A bill that would make it clear that ski resorts are not just for winter activities has passed the U.S. Senate and is on the way to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Current federal laws only allow ski-related activities on U.S. Forest Service land leased to resorts.

The Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act would allow special exemptions for downhill mountain biking trails, zip lines and disc golf courses.

The bill’s sponsor, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, says the bill will make it easier for mountain resorts to attract tourists during the summer months and create jobs

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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