Although private use of marijuana is now legal in Colorado, Amendment 64, Vail is reminding skiers and riders that public use of pot remains illegal. That includes their four Colorado ski slopes at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. Vail and the US Forest Service have taken steps to prevent marijuana use on the mountains by spreading the “no weed here” word and by destroying “smoke shacks” on the ski resort premises.
According to SAM, Ski Area Management, Vail and The US Forest Service have recently demolished several “smoke shacks” which were illegally built on Vail Resorts’ ski slopes – which operate with a permit on USFS lands. How they found these hidden pot parties is not the point, perhaps they followed the smoke signals.
“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,” said Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts mountain operations. “We do not permit the consumption of marijuana in or on any of our lifts, facilities or premises that we control.”
For anyone slow to get the message, that ‘s code for no lighting up on the lifts, no ganja in the gondola, no bongs in the base lodge or the Back Bowls either. Rocky Mountain High is just a song by John Denver. Period.
“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,” Carrig said.
Enough said. Enjoy your ski day.