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Forest Service policy aims to foster summer rec at ski areas

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YAKIMA — The U.S. Forest Service wants to encourage the development of summer recreation activities at ski areas, such as the White Pass Ski Area, that are located in national forests.

There are 122 such ski areas, but since 1986 these resorts operated under a law that only authorized downhill and cross-country skiing. An amendment in 2011 opened the door to permits for activities such as zip lines, mountain bike trails and disc golf courses.

This week, the agency announced…

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