Resolution 2016-01
City of Hood River
Resolution of Support for Updating the Skiing Activities,
Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 30.970 through 30.990

WHEREAS, at least 68% of Oregon residents participate in outdoor recreation each year;

WHEREAS, outdoor recreation generates $955 million in state and local revenue;

WHEREAS, 141,000 direct Oregon jobs are provided by the winter recreation industry;

WHEREAS, average annual visits to Oregon ski resorts are 2,000,000;

WHEREAS, there have been significant changes in skiing activities and operations at ski areas since the statue was enacted in 1979;

The City of Hood River recognizes the important contribution of winter recreation activities to our community and state. As a matter of protection for participants and the economy, we as a body support revising the Skiing Activities statute.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that by action of the Council, of The City of Hood River hereby authorizes support for the updating ORS 30.970-30.990 in the Oregon State Legislative 2016 Session, to wit:

(1) Adding and defining “Freestyle Terrain” to account for features built for skiers and snowboarders by trained resort staff;
(2) Outlining dangers of venturing within ski area boundaries, but not on groomed trails;
(3) Updating ORS to reflect changes to the participant responsibility code;
Approved by the Hood River City Council this 11 day of January 2016.

      Paul Blackburn, Mayor

Jennifer Gray, City Recorder