Vail Resorts Blows Up “Smoke Shack”

At Breckenridge Ski Resort

Feb 28, 2014
Outside Magazine

Vail Resorts destroyed this elaborate "smoke shack" at Breckenridge Ski Resort last week.   

Skiers and riders are all fired up after officials at Breckenridge Ski Resort blew up a log cabin last week that was being used to sneak a few tokes between runs.

Vail Resorts, which owns Breckenridge, apparently decided to destroy the elaborate “smoke shack” after Inside Edition published a report showing that the cabin was used to secretly smoke marijuana. The skiing stoners would then try to make it down the mountain—often somewhat unsuccessfully.

A spokesman for Vail Resorts told KDVR-TV that the company has zero tolerance for such buildings on its mountains.

This isn’t the first smoke shack to be eliminated—and it probably won’t be the last. According to Vail Resorts, the company has destroyed several similar structures over the past several weeks at its other Colorado resorts.  

“Vail Resorts works closely with the Forest Service each year to eliminate these illegal structures, commonly referred to as ‘smoke shacks,’ as they are made aware of them,” a press release stated. “In the past year, mountain operations teams and USFS officials have destroyed several structures at its Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone resorts.” 

But wait, you might be wondering, isn’t marijuana legal in Colorado? Yes and no. While citizens can legally buy and possess the drug, toking up on federal land at a ski area is still prohibited.