Smoke shacks torn down inside ski resort boundaries

1:43 PM, Feb 26, 2014   |    comments
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VAIL - During the past year, Vail Resorts has worked with the U.S. Forest Service to destroy several "smoke shacks" at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone resorts.

The illegally-built structures associated with marijuana use are built inside resort boundaries. Some of the structures were torn down over the past several weeks.

"The safety of our guests and our employees is our highest priority, and we therefore take a zero tolerance approach to skiing or riding under the influence," Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts' Mountain Division, said.

"We do not permit the consumption of marijuana in or on any of our lifts, facilities or premises that we control. In addition to destroying illegal structures where this kind of illegal activity may be taking place, we are communicating the legalities around marijuana use with our guests and the community through signage, our websites, social media, and handing out informational cards to our guests in the base areas. We want the public to know that the consequences of being caught smoking marijuana on our mountains are removal from the mountain and the suspension of skiing and riding privileges."

The four Colorado ski resorts owned by Vail Resorts are all located within U.S. Forest Service land where possession and consumption of marijuana is illegal. Under the Colorado Ski Safety Act, use of drugs and alcohol is prohibited on any ski lift or slope or trail.

"Despite Colorado law, marijuana remains illegal on federal lands period," said Scott Fitzwilliams, forest supervisor for the White River National Forest. "For the 22 ski areas in Colorado that operate on national forest system lands, marijuana is still prohibited."

There's also "no smoking" of any kind permitted in any Vail Resorts owned and operated facilities, including restaurants, lodges and hotels.

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