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Ski Areas Look for Congressional Relief in Next Stimulus Bill

March 24, 2020, 8:36 PM

Shuttered U.S. ski areas that are economic engines for many Western and New England states are pressing Congress for economic relief—though they’ll likely need to wait for the next Covid-19 economic stimulus bill to get it.

  • The skiing industry, which accounts for $55 billion in annual economic activity, is on the hook for more than $50 million in annual lease payments for ski slopes on federal lands, says Dave Byrd, the National Ski Areas Association’s director of risk & regulatory affairs.
  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a Senate appropriator, last week urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to waive the remainder of the 2020 leasing fees paid to the U.S. Forest Service. The USDA has yet to respond, according to a Gardner aide.
  • The ski industry will seek relief in next round of stimulus negotiations as losses approach $5 billion for 2020 following nationwide closures, Byrd says.

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