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Vail Resorts Announces Passage of Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act in US Congress

Vail Resorts Announces Passage of Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act in US Congress

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Kelly Ladyga, (303) 404-1862,kladyga@vailresorts.com 
 Vail Resorts Announces Passage of Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act in U.S. Congress
BROOMFIELD, Colo.—Oct. 18, 2011—Vail Resorts today announced that the UnitedStates Senate unanimously passed the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, which follows passage by the House of Representatives by a vote of 394-0. This billupdates the statutes governing how the U.S. Forest Service regulates the use of publicland by ski resorts and permits new year-round recreational uses, such as zip-lines,mountain biking and ropes courses.The bill was first introduced into the House of Representatives by then CongressmanUdall during the 110
Congress (July 2008) and subsequently reintroduced in the House by Congresswoman DeGette during the 111
Congress (2009-2010) and CongressmanBishop of Utah during the current 112
Congress. The Senate companion has beenchampioned in the Senate by Senator Udall during both the 111
and 112
Congress. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama in the upcoming weeks.“The passage by the Senate of the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Actmarks a major milestone in the ability for ski resort operators across the country to offerappropriate, year-round recreational activities on U.S. Forest Service lands. The bill willallow ski resorts to add new jobs during the summer and will help increase employmentin rural mountain communities across the country. This opens up new opportunities forthe entire ski industry,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of VailResorts.Katz added, “We are incredibly appreciative of the outstanding leadership shown by Senator Mark Udall in shepherding this bill during the last three-and-a-half years in both houses of Congress. We are also thankful for Congresswoman DeGette andCongressman Bishop for their sponsorship of the bill. It is heartening to see the leadersin our nation’s capital working together in a bipartisan manner to create jobs and help somany local economies. We hope the Forest Service will act quickly to craft regulationsthat allow for the full realization of the benefits of this bill, while ensuring that we protectthe spectacular natural environments which serve as the backdrops for mountain resorts. We look forward to expanding our partnership with the USFS to create new recreationalopportunities for kids and families that encourage engagement in outdoor activities.”
 About Vail Resorts
 Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in theUnited States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of  Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, andHeavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of -more-

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