Originally Posted by sjjohnston
You ever think of, maybe, asking?
I read somewhere, or just a common knowledge;
|I believe a permit is required, and that in almost every case the Forest Service only allows ski schools as "concessionaires" of the ski area itself.|
permits are required if the operation provides a "lift" service (that includes cat-tracts, helicopters, lifts and etc.), as an environmental impact study is needed before the permit is granted (to the resort, not the school), but not individuals teaching skiing (doing business) on national forest lands, where there's no environmental impact concerns.
|Note that the fee that ski areas pay to the Forest Service is based on revenues, including ski school revenues.|
The ski resorts are only granted (yes, as concessionaires), among other specifications, the right to operate the lift service, i.e. a public transportation; once you get out of the lift, the land is a public "mall"/playground. Other "resort" accommodations/business are just other [regular] business dealings, given the fact that American Ski Co. and its resort ski school Perfect Turns are two different entities/companies.
|By whom: you?|
An accountant, iirc.