Ski resorts may be allowed to charge 'uphill' fee

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) The growing popularity of strapping skins on skis and climbing uphill could soon come at a price at some ski areas.

The Aspen Times reports Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service is working on new rules that clarify that ski areas that lease public lands for their operations can charge people for uphill travel. The directive could affect fitness fanatics that use skis with climbing skins, snowshoes and stabilizers.

The directive "encourages" ski area operators to provide access to some slopes without a charge so that there isn't a "de facto entrance fee."

The Forest Service is accepting comments until Dec. 2 on its proposal.