If you ever have dreamed of a summer wedding at a ski area on federal lands, then it's your lucky day.
Following the lead of the House, the Senate voted late Tuesday night to approve the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, which will allow ski areas in national forests to be used for much more than skiing.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., one of the bill's co-sponsors, said new activities could include mountain biking, "expanded scenic opportunities," summit hiking, and "expanded hospitality opportunities," such as restaurants and summer weddings.
She said eight ski areas in Washington will benefit, including Ski Bluewood near Walla Walla and Mission Ridge near Wenatchee.
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The senator said the legislation should help the state's tourism industry by attracting more visitors to the ski areas and creating more jobs in nearby communities.
The legislation is headed to President Obama for his signature.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., co-sponsored the bill too.