What's allowed on Forest Service/ski resort land



Hiking and mountain biking trails are in.

Water slides, tennis courts, and amusement parks are out.

Many of the U.S.'s ski areas are located on Forest Service land. While downhill and nordic skiing and snowsports are permitted in winter, there are further rules about what recreational activities are allowed on those Forest Service lands during the summer off-season.

All activities shall "encourage outdoor recreation and enjoyment of nature" (according to bill S. 607), thus hiking is in. So are ropes courses, zip lines, and frisbee golf.

I'll note that these are developed ski resorts we're talking about, not backcountry spots. Still, it's interesting to ponder the permits that allow certain outdoor business and their activities on public land.

You can learn more about the permits and the rules (or if you just like reading bills) in the following documents:


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Bill S
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October 27, 2010 at 6:31 p.m. (EDT)

Still, it's interesting to ponder the permits that allow certain outdoor business and their activities on public land.

Remember that National Forests are the "Land of Multiple Use". So not only ski resorts and mountain bike trails are allowed, but so are logging and mining, and almost any motorized "sports". There are some limitations in officially designated Wilderness Areas, but few in areas of National Forest that are labeled as "wilderness areas" (lower case - there is a legal distinction that somehow has always escaped me).

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