Now that ski areas are shutting down, and the summer season isn’t looking so good either for the high country, U.S. Sen. Gardner is asking the federal government to waive lease payments on public lands held by ski companies for the remainder of this year.

“This economic loss is unprecedented for the industry, and any relief would be welcomed news as they take all measures to comply with the health and safety guidelines related to this deadly pathogen,” Gardner said. 

That’s a reasonable request, considering the ski industry generates billions in taxes for the feds as well as locally and the state.

The economic impact from early closures could be devastating to those rural economies, especially if we’re still facing shutdowns after mud season is over.

Now is the time for the federal government to inspire confidence by signaling they are willing to help ensure the ski industry is still strong once we’re finally on the other side of this pandemic mess.