It appears that the quest for national consistency in summer management of ski areas has led to a specific bill (see story here). Here’s a quote.
Not all conservationists were supportive of the bill. Identifying permitted uses at ski resorts is best left to the forest planning process done at the regional level, said Louise Lasley, public lands director for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.
During a forest planning process, factors such as public participation and addressing the needs of individual forests could be taken into consideration, she said.
“It seems like overkill,” Lasley said of the bill. “A federal law to prohibit or allow specific activities on leased ski areas on the forest seems Draconian, no matter what the outcome is.”
But we have a federal law for wilderness, and many want a national rule for roadless areas. Both of these allow and prohibits specific activities nationally. The question of what restrictions or sideboards should be decided nationally versus locally continues. And there is an associated question; if people agreed to do it nationally, the FS could issue national direction that might be easier than passing a bill. There must be more to this than meets the eye.