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                    115TH CONGRESS }REPT. 115-990
                       2d Session     HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             Part 1





                                   SKI AREA FEE RETENTION ACT


                                   OCTOBER 23, 2018.-Ordered to be printed


                      Mr. BISHOP of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                         submitted the following


                                             REPORT

                                           [To accompany H.R. 5171]

                              [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                      The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                    bill (H.R. 5171) to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands
                    Management Act of 1996 to provide for the establishment of a Ski
                    Area Fee Retention Account, having considered the same, report fa-
                    vorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill
                    do pass.
                                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                      The purpose of H.R. 5171 is to amend the Omnibus Parks and
                    Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to provide for the establish-
                    ment of a Ski Area Fee Retention Account.
                                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                      Americans enjoy the outdoors, and few outdoor activities have a
                    more devoted user base than downhill skiing and snowboarding.
                    Each year U.S. ski resorts receive 50 million visits, with roughly
                    30 million visits to ski areas on public lands.1 Currently, there are
                    481 ski areas in operation in the United States, of which 122 oper-
                    ate on approximately 180,000 acres of National Forest System
                    lands.2 While ski areas occupy less than one percent of all National
                    Forest System lands, they receive about one-fifth of all recreation
                    in our national forests. In fact, downhill skiing is the second-most

                    Kottke National End of Season Survey 2016/2017. RRC Associates. Accessed July 12, 2018.
                    http://www.nsaa.org/media/303945/visits.pdf.
                    2US Forest Service Finalizes Policy to Promote Year-round Recreation on Ski Areas. U.S.
                    Forest Service. April 15, 2014. Accessed July 12, 2018. https://www.fs.fed.us/news/releases/us-
                    forest-service-finalizes-policy-promote-year-round-recreation-ski-areas.
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