DENVER (AP) — Thanks to a new law, Vail Resorts Inc. plans to host a range of summer activities like alpine coasters and Jeep tours on federal land that it previously could use only for skiing and snowboarding.

Vail Resorts said Thursday it has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for summer activities at Vail Mountain and plans to do the same for its Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek resorts in coming months.

The Vail proposal is among the first submitted under a new law allowing for year-round recreation on Forest Service land used by ski areas.

Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz expects the summer activities to at least double the 250 seasonal employees Vail Mountain hires in the summer, as well as open the resort to a more diverse crowd.

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