On
Newsstands
Now
Current Issue

Environmentalists Keep an Eye on Mark Udall and the Wilderness Bill

By |

udall-mark_standing-outdoorsU.S. Senator Mark Udall introduced a bill yesterday that would let ski areas offer year-round recreation on the lands they lease from the federal government. It could mean more activities, such as mountain biking and alpine slides, in the backcountry, triggering the ire of environmentalists, according to The Associated Press.

The bill would expand activities on 125 ski areas around the nation that use Forest Service land in a move that environmentalists fear could lead to urban-style amusement parks in the mountains, such as Vail Resorts’ proposed “alpine coaster.”

Advertisement

As that dispute unfolds, the Senate is also poised to set aside more than 2 million acres of wilderness–the government’s highest level of protection–writes The Washington Post, which includes Rocky Mountain National Park.

As for ski resorts, they are offering discounts and deals to bring in the masses during the recession, according to this AP article. Skier visits are down nearly 6 percent from last year at 22 Colorado Ski Country USA resorts.

Recommended for You

Newsletter Signup

Keep me up to date on the latest trends and happenings around Denver. 5280 has a newsletter for everyone. Sign Up