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Colorado ski areas send record $23 million in rent to federal landlord

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
The line at Black Mountain Express for Halloween 2015 at Arapahoe Basin. Colorado's ski areas paied record-breaking rent totals to the federal government this year, with some hoping to keep the money in the national forests.
Phil Lindeman / plindeman@summitdaily.com |

For the third season in a row Colorado ski areas operating on public land paid record-high rent to the federal landlord, revealing the state’s resort industry is making more money on the hill than ever before.

Revenue-based permit fees from 22 Colorado resorts operating on U.S. Forest Service land climbed more than 11 percent to $23 million for the 2014-15 season, a record marked by the highest-ever annual rent payments from the largest destination ski areas.

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