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Thu., Oct. 20, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

Senate approves allowing ski areas to develop offseason activities

Bogus Basin ski resort shimmers under a cold, partly cloudy sky on Sunday. The non-profit ski resort 16 miles north of Boise is once again selling season ski passes for $199. (Betsy Russell)
Bogus Basin ski resort shimmers under a cold, partly cloudy sky on Sunday. The non-profit ski resort 16 miles north of Boise is once again selling season ski passes for $199. (Betsy Russell)

NATIONAL FORESTS -- A proposal that would allow ski areas to potentially expand activities to biking, zip lines and rope courses — legislation that likely would create jobs in mountain towns — passed the U.S. Senate late Tuesday and is likely to be signed quickly by President Obama.

The measure passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The proposed law would allow ski areas to apply to use national-forest land for activities in the spring, summer and fall. Though some areas already boast summertime activities on nearby private land, this bill would allow areas to apply to build whole summer activity parks on public land with National Forest Service approval.

Read more from the Denver Post.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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