Smoke Shacks Under Fire at Snowmass

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SAM Magazine-Aspen mountain has long been known for hidden locals' shrines to folks as diverse as Bob Marley to John Denver. But while the resort has accommodated the funky tributes, hidden in the woods off of some of the ski resort's most popular trails, the story at the mountain's sister resort, Snowmass, is a bit different.

Unlike the shrines on Aspen Mountain, the "shrines" at Snowmass are, more accurately, "shacks." Hidden in the woods, they provide locals with a place to get out of the wind, hang out with friends and smoke a bit of weed.

According to the Aspen Times, the quality of these shacks varies. Some are the most rudimentary of structures, while others have "multiple levels and iPod speakers."

And it's not just an Aspen phenomenon. "It's becoming an issue all over the place," Jim Stark, winter sports administrator for the White River National Forest, told the Times. "I was just down at Sunlight, and they're having the same issue popping up. I told [Snowmass] they need to start getting rid of them."

Steve Sewell, the manager of Snowmass, acknowledges, "We're seeing stuff popping up all over the mountain, We don't really appreciate it at this point. One man's shrine gets to be another man's trash."

However, the future of the shacks at Snowmass and other resorts-Jackson Hole comes to mind-seems bright. Stark admits that the locals have time, weed, and numbers on their side, a combination which seems to spawn shacks like, well, weeds. And while Rich Burkley, Aspen's vice president of mountain operations, says that the ski company will follow U.S. Forest Service directives when it comes to demolishing the shacks, this a cat-and-mouse battle that the mice will probably win.


hooray for greenery

people just need to hide them better... and don't tell anyone about it?? make them follow you into the trees... This story is coming from colorado, where if I'm not mistaken, you are able to hold two ounces of reefer for personal use ( in Denver) ???? upiddy pricks.

Who cares

who cares if people wanna have a toke on the mountain? Leave it alone and get a life. we're all here to enjoy the mountain so if no one is hurting you then why bother fighting against other friendly people?


Is this an editorial piece? If not, can we please see the author's name? I appreciate you guys covering the industry, but I don't think this qualifies as "breaking news".

smokin fun

at colorado ski resorts we have smoke shacks.
ive never witnessed or heard about any violent crimes being committed in or around the shacks.
people in and around the shacks are usually happy-go-lucky nature enthusiasts with smiling faces and gabby lips. sometimes you will see one chewing frantically on a snickers bar or double fisting trail mix.

shouldnt the authorities be focusing less on people having harlmess fun and more on the local registered sex offenders??
what a waste of time and energy for them. weed is harmless compared to most legal substances. just admit it and get on with something constructive will ya?