New York tourist rips Vail in hilarious letter because people were talking about pot

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Along with Colorado's new marijuana laws legalizing limited amounts of herb for adults 21 and up came liberalization in the conversation around the state. People aren't afraid to talk about marijuana in public anymore, largely because it's not illegal to do so. In fact, it's not uncommon now to hear people talking about strains or growing in any number of settings, including at ski areas. But those conversations apparently bothered Christine Arakelian of New York so much while she was on a recent trip to Vail that she wrote to Vail Resorts and cc'd the Vail Daily with her complaints.

Here's her letter:

"Dear Vail Resorts,

Let me explain to you why I will not be returning to this resort anytime in the near future and will indicate to other families on online forums that they should decline to come to Vail as well.

As you are aware, marijuana is now legal in Colorado. I have been visiting Vail and Beaver Creek for many years now with my family, and enjoyed all my years here with no real problems. We have a lot of memories here. Within the span of several days, my son and I were exposed to numerous conversations on buses, gondola rides and restaurants related to recreational drug use. The fact that people are restricted to smoking pot in the privacy of their room doesn't mean that they won't reek of pot on gondola rides, or that they won't be talking about getting high with numerous other substances within earshot of numerous families. Within the span of two to three days, I had at least three to four separate occasions in public areas where I had to specifically ask people to not talk about their drug use. People were obviously put off by my asking them to stop, and I was furious to even be put in this situation."

Arakelian goes on to make it a class issue, assuming that nobody as affluent as her and her family would ever consume cannabis.

"The people who live this type of lifestyle can't afford to support resorts like Vail that frankly cater to a demographic more like my own, and candidly, you don't get to be successful by engaging in this type of lifestyle."

As a season pass holder at Vail for longer than Arakelian has been dragging her family out here (and a cannabis smoker for much, much longer than that), I beg to differ.

People from all walks of life ski Vail just like people from all walks of life use cannabis. But that's not really the point. The point is that this woman is clueless as to who does and doesn't smoke cannabis in this country. Thankfully, it sounds like she is done with Colorado and will be moving on to more conservative snow-covered pastures in Utah.

"At this point, I'm very much inclined to go to Utah for my vacations instead of Colorado. You can't be a destination resort for high-earners and a pot-town at the same time -- you have to choose."

Apparently nobody told her that Vail has already chosen to not allow recreational or medical marijuana outlets in their town. Her problem is with the growing culture of cannabis acceptance, and that's something she's going to have to deal with, not Vail or the rest of Colorado.

Have fun in Utah, lady.

This story originally ran over at Toke of the Town, Voice Media's national all-things-cannabis news site.

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Utahresident
Utahresident

sorry to burst this woman"s bubble again but we smokers still love to participate in boarding and skiing here in Utah also granted its a more conservative state we are everywhere

krolj
krolj

Colorado won't miss you Christine.

kayakdreams71
kayakdreams71

As an Upstate New Yorker, (and tourist this coming June/July); I would like to sincerely apologize for the ignorance of Christine Arakelian. 

She does not represent all New Yorkers, Upstate or otherwise. (not even close, actually. We too, do not like the hoity-toity type.) 

I am pleased to announce that she may soon feel the need to vacate NY as well! Hip-hip-horray! Our state has approved medical marijuana - at least for use in 20 hospitals in the state. It's not much and it certainly isn't for recreational use - but it's a step in the right direction.

Before anyone goes assuming that I write this with bong in hand .. nope. Not the case really. I DO smoke marijuana, but only about once every 4 months. I do it for medical reasons that create chronic and acute pain. And truth be known I'd rather a canna brownie anyway.

All I am saying is PLEASE don't judge all NYers by this _________ ... hmm, polite words are failing me here, umm ... this woman. We are not all rude, condescending, and arrogant. Actually, a lot of us are rather laid back, easy going, mind your own kind of folks. 

Sadly, I won't be skiing (due to med issues, and the fact I doubt the skiing is so great mid-summer; am I wrong here?); but my friend and I will be shopping, eating, visiting your museums and arts centers and living it up a mile high in sky - regardless of the pot situation.

Sincerely,
a born and raised farm girl, now living in the 'Cuse


Mark McGrath
Mark McGrath

Yeah I work at a Colorado family run restaurant in steamboat springs, known for a curiously strong Marg, on the 2nd legalization was the topic of conversation of at least three larger parties. Two of those tables had favorable opinions one guests from the east coast who were dismayed that our recreational shops weren't yet open till the 8th. The second favorable table was older locals one of whom had never experienced cannabis but was considering trying it now that it is legal. The third table was inquiring of their server about the specifics of the new statute, they asked about age restrictions as I was passing, she confirmed with me that sale was limited to those over 21 years of age. The response of one of the guests was, "I don't know if I would be comfortable living in a state with laws like that." My response was well alcohol has far more harmful effects. The next question was "What about driving stoned?" Me, "That is against the law it's called DUID." These folks where nice enough, just a reminder that ending prohibition doesn't end the beliefs resulting from the anti-cannabis propaganda which has been drilled into the American psyche for more than half a century. It is still our responsibility to educate people about the many positive aspects of cannabis and industrial hemp, and to show that it can be consumed both recreationally and responsibly with minimal adverse effects, and to allow doubters to see that individuals who do choose to use cannabis for its psychoactive effects are by and large good people.

mcknightem
mcknightem

Opportunity to PARENT completely missed. Her kid is the one who lost in this deal.

Mary Beth Abate
Mary Beth Abate

"Lululemon wearing, Volvo driving, probably high-as-fuck on prescription meds ass" LMAO!!!

Mary Beth Abate
Mary Beth Abate

I think most New Yorkers would be embarrassed by her behavior.

Angela Marie
Angela Marie

Negative, most tourist will come for the legalization

Colin McCorkle
Colin McCorkle

All this while she's probably wearing a fur coat, and being the exact nouveau riche idiot us Colorado natives despise!! Enjoy Utah. May I recommend Colorado City for a destination as well??

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

Oh man...the Vail economy is doomed! DOOOOOOOMED!

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

The irony is that it's mostly non-Colorado types who changed the face of Colorado with pot legalization.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

She must also be blind to the fact that some of the most successful doctors, attorneys & others in high paying high stress jobs also are more than likely doing cocaine same as those in the 90's & 80's were doing.

Craig Struthers
Craig Struthers

"The people who live this type of lifestyle can't afford to support resorts like Vail that frankly cater to a demographic more like my own, and candidly, you don't get to be successful by engaging in this type of lifestyle." One name you silly New York hag...Sir Richard Branson...Yeah, you are richer than him?

Michaela Manney
Michaela Manney

It's hilarious!!! Cause us pot smokers are so awful and violent ;) Tierney Nomnom Carter

Tierney Nomnom Carter
Tierney Nomnom Carter

Michaela Manney isnt that funny as hell. Saw this a few days ago. Too good. Go to utah lady leave us alone!

Becca Reed Farmer
Becca Reed Farmer

She's vapid! I'm bored just reading her letter! She's also very uneducated! She can take her asshat self somewhere else:-)

Casey Crowder
Casey Crowder

"The people who live this type of lifestyle can't afford to support resorts like Vail that frankly cater to a demographic more like my own

Pablo Luis
Pablo Luis

hey hey I'm from New York and we are not all like that I promise!

Ami Gottlieb Hudgins
Ami Gottlieb Hudgins

From a long time vail local raising two kids in vail tourism pays our bills and allows us the money to pay to keep our kids season pass holders ripping up vail mountain for years to come- I see the points made and this person sucks since we all know a little weed is better than drinks any day but have to say tourism pays the locals bills send we have to deal with it to live here

Mary Maybee
Mary Maybee

To answer the question, if so, please ask them to stay home we do not need them in our beautiful state!

Colt Mcdonald
Colt Mcdonald

Wow!! That folks is what we call entitlement! @ Ross...the Midwesterners? Whys that?

Don Hopkins
Don Hopkins

The more people from New York we can keep out of Colorado the better. Get with the times ya nerd!

Frank Watson
Frank Watson

There's something for everyone at the West Virginia resorts.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

New York... Tourist... Fuck that shithead CO love!!

Ross Ian Ahlvin
Ross Ian Ahlvin

Haha good, she should take the Midwesterners with her.

Jana Goff Tweedy
Jana Goff Tweedy

She really thinks anyone here gives one single fuck??? She can take her Lululemon wearing, Volvo driving, probably high-as-fuck on prescription meds ass back to New York and feel sorry for Utah since it has to suffer this elitist bitch. Good riddance.

Michael Stork C
Michael Stork C

for the record, it has ALWAYS been legal to talk about ANYTHING, including pot.... it's called the CONSTITUTION....

Erich Kreybig
Erich Kreybig

We don't need douchebags like that vacationing here anyways! Go ski some shit mountain in Vermont.

kayakdreams71
kayakdreams71

This native New Yorker is shamefaced about her!

frnkwatson
frnkwatson

There's something for everyone at the West Virginia resorts.

contrary55
contrary55

@frnkwatson Just don't drink the water.  And if you like mountain resorts why do you cut the tops off your mountains?

frnkwatson
frnkwatson

@contrary55 who said i was from west virginia? new yorkers should go to WV and leave us westerners alone.

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