The Senate should agree to summer use of ski areas on federal land

Posted: Oct 6, 2011

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The Denver Post

A glimmer of good news came out of Washington this week for those of us who appreciate not only the beauty of Colorado's mountains, but the recreational opportunities they provide. The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act passed the House Monday on a vote of 394-0, receiving strong bipartisan support from Colorado's congressional delegation.

We were glad to see that a measure giving ski resorts more latitude to develop summer recreational activities on public lands passed the U.S. House and is now moving on to the U.S. Senate.

The result may be more places for Coloradans to ride a mountain bike or a zip line — and more places to find employment. In these difficult economic times, additional jobs in mountain towns would be a positive development. Jobs that are typically available only in the winter could potentially become year-round employment.

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