Aspen ski resorts are turning into a major payday for the national government. Over twenty million dollars in fees have been paid due to the use of public land for these ski resorts. The White River National Forest treasury is increasing with all these profits, and will continue for as long as public land is used.
- The White River National Forest is reaping increasing revenues in fees from Aspen Skiing Co. and other ski-area operators that use public lands.
- All 11 ski areas paid more in fiscal 2016 than in fiscal 2015. Aspen Skiing Co. paid an additional $164,673, or 7.5 percent.
- “The problem is, of course, we don’t see any of that — it goes to the U.S. Treasury,” Fitzwilliams said. “That’s Congress’ choice of where the money goes.”
“The ski-area fees helped the White River National Forest generate about $10 million more in revenue than it spent in fiscal year 2016, according to Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.”