Congress is stepping into a dispute between environmentalists and the ski industry over whether ski areas should be able to expand their summertime recreation.
Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado introduced a bill Monday that would allow ski areas to offer year-round recreation on land they lease from the U.S. Forest service.
Mountain biking and alpine slides are among the more common summertime activities pursued by ski resorts.
Some 125 resorts nationwide including White Pass and Ski Bluewood operate in part on federal land.
Environmentalists complain the bill could lead to ski areas building water parks and roller coasters that they say would clash with the natural setting.
We talked with White Pass and Ski Bluewood and neither of those resorts are planning to build or operate lifts during the summer at this time.