Despite shutdown, skiing resorts open for political fundraising
Good news for politicians who enjoy fundraising on the slopes! As winter nears, they can rest assured that some of the nation's most celebrated ski areas are expected to open despite the government shutdown.
The famed resorts of Vail, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley have all been sites of congressional fundraisers--and are also are among the 121 nation's ski areas that operate on U.S. Forest Service land. A National Ski Areas Association spokesperson said that the group expects no major impact from the shutdown, according to an Associated Press report published Monday. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell himself told the group that the ski area leases were not immediately affected, and most of the construction projects that required government approval for the new season are already complete. However, some projects that are under development may get slowed down because Forest Service staff are on furlough.
Party Time has not received any skiing-themed invitations for the coming winter yet--if you find any, please pass them along. But here are some notable skiing fundraisers past:
- Vail resorts has attracted Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Rep. Edwin Perlmutter, D-Colo., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and former Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo.
- Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev, has headed to Heavenly Valley on Lake Tahoe.
- Rep. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has chosen Sun Valley.
- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy0., hosts an annual Winter Snow Fling fundraiser in Jackson Hole.
- Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Mike Lee, both Republicans of Utah, like Deer Valley, as does Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (Though this resort sits on private land, and so is not regulated by the Forest Service.)