Photos: Leo's Smoke Shack at Breckenridge destroyed after Inside Edition report

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More photos and videos below.
Yesterday, we shared a completely hysterical Inside Edition report about smoke shacks at Colorado ski resorts -- a longtime phenomenon that our William Breathes has been writing about in depth for years.

Turns out, though, that one of the main settings for the Inside Edition piece -- Leo's Smoke Shack in Breckenridge -- has now been destroyed. And a resort spokesman stresses that any other shacks personnel find will also be taken down. See photos, videos and details below.

From conversations we've had with folks in the know, the smoke shack known as Leo's had been around in one form or another for as long as eight years. And as you can see in this video tribute, it wasn't exactly a hole in the ground:

But that's all over. According to Leo's Rebuild Project, a Facebook page devoted to bringing back the shack, the structure was destroyed on February 21.

Here's an iPhone photo of Leo's during its prime, courtesy of HighCountryCaregiver.com....

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...and this is what was left of the shack as of a few days ago, in a pic shared on the Leo's Rebuild Project page:

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Russ Pecoraro, director of communications for the mountain division of Vail Resorts, which encompasses Breckenridge, says Leo's was crushed by "Breckenridge Mountain Operations, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service."
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When asked if Leo's was wiped off the map as a result of the Inside Edition report, Percoraro doesn't directly confirm timing that appears far more than coincidental.

Instead, he stresses that "whenever we find or are made aware of smoke shacks, we are going about eliminating them."

Continue for more our interview with Vail Resorts' Russ Pecoraro about smoke shacks, including a video.



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Ken Lord
Ken Lord

Was it because of Inside Edition, or maybe they read the Westword article about it? Seriously, none of you people no when to shut up.

Michael Apostle
Michael Apostle

It's a bummer, but do you really need a shack to get high on the hill? Ski areas probably aren't too fond of shacks on NF or private land even if they are used for tea parties. Duck under a natural canopy of branches and then get back to riding!

Michael Vest
Michael Vest

I think that the spokesman for Breckinridge is an asshole

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Zero tolerance Leo’s Smoke Shack in Brekenridge was demolished after Inside Edition did a report on it. A resort spokesperson said that one and any other smoke shack will be taken down: "It's hard for me to speculate on what they knew about at Breckenridge and when. But I will tell you that we are now taking a zero-tolerance policy on our mountains. And the destruction of Leo's is us demonstrating what zero tolerance means." Pot is as legal as alcohol in Colorado as a recreational substance for anyone over 21. Why can you drink at lunch and hit the slopes but you can’t smoke pot? If you’re going to say you have zero tolerance at a ski resort, then you can’t sell booze either. Otherwise, you’re operating under a double standard. 0 means 0. Not 0 pot and 100% alcohol. Or is it more about revenue? It’s ok to drink and ski if we can make a buck selling booze over lunch. Perhaps, Brekenridge should sell edibles and joints next to Snickers bars. Then it would be ok.

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Leo’s Smoke Shack in Brekenridge was demolished after Inside Edition did a report on it. A resort spokesperson said that that and any other smoke shack will be taken down. "It's hard for me to speculate on what they knew about at Breckenridge and when. But I will tell you that we are now taking a zero-tolerance policy on our mountains. And the destruction of Leo's is us demonstrating what zero tolerance means." If pot is as legal as alcohol in Colorado as a recreational substance for anyone over 21 and they don’t want to encourage pot use mixed with snow sport activities by tearing down a place to use pot would they still allow concessions to sell alcohol? If pot and alcohol are both legal, why can you drink at lunch and hit the slopes but you can’t smoke pot? Is pot not as socially acceptable as alcohol? If you’re going to say you have zero tolerance, then you can’t sell booze either. Otherwise, you’re operating under a double standard. Or is it more about revenue? It’s ok to drink and ski if we can make a buck selling booze.

Dave Papuga
Dave Papuga

Way to fuck that up! I've been reading about this, thinking to myself, "these shacks won't be around much longer." Some things are better left unsaid. Or in this case, unwritten.

Maggie May
Maggie May

It may be legal, but not on federal land, which most resorts are.

Toby Hartman
Toby Hartman

So, when pot was not legal, they left it alone. Now that it is legal, they tear it down?

Mark Hendryx
Mark Hendryx

The media is ridiculous. They know nothing and go straight for the tabloid topic of the moment without knowing the consequences.

Drew Rouse
Drew Rouse

stop beating a dead horse? thanks

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Why do people always equate drinking to smoking? If u can't smoke pot, the go to answer is always then we'll get drunk instead. Stupid

Heather Wegner
Heather Wegner

What did they think would happen when they took IE there?

Bradley Stevens
Bradley Stevens

What did they think was going to happen? Some things need to stay low profile. Assholes.

Che Harness
Che Harness

I have heard your anti-marijuana message Breckenridge. I'll spend my money elsewhere. We have plenty of resorts that aren't making such obvious displays of intolerance to the will of voters and Colorado law.

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

A. Inside Edition is still a show? B. People still watch that show? C. Isn't this the third time Westoword published a story about this place, making them just as guilty of sensationalizing something that, when it comes down to it, is just a really cool treehouse?

Bret Kantola
Bret Kantola

I first discovered smoke shacks in 1977. Another casualty of legalization. Tried smoking in the Airport garage lately?

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Those idiots shouldn't have participated in the video. Real talk. If you're gonna make the 64 look stupid, stay in your house. Alcohol is illegal at the resorts as well. I've had beers taken from me. Be discrete and if by chance you have a camera in your face, act right. I've never seen somebody fall as much as those kids.

Wyatt Scott
Wyatt Scott

this is like the sixth post ive seen about this

Lisa Hulin
Lisa Hulin

Now they can just go to the bar get drunk and ski that's ok,I would rather ski with a Stoner then a drunk any day!

Ben Owens
Ben Owens

I think this story has jumped the shark already.

Richard Scott Taylor
Richard Scott Taylor

That there are some things best left alone. If you go after the white bear, it dies and returns to the spirit world.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop

What a double standard. So why shouldn't there be a place to smoke as well? Alcohol is illegal on many areas of federal land and people violate that all the time. I'm sure IE could have found twice the number of drunks on the mountain, people sneak booze on the lift constantly. And as far as the impact, I think there's really no question that drunks are a worse influence on pretty much everyone and you're a fool if you think people don't get over-served at ski resorts. To have a program deal with one and not the other is absurd, and to defend that perspective is even more absurd. The shacks are built in areas that don't bother anyone, so if we're going to compare apples to oranges, let's get our facts straight.

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle

How is it an overreaction? What were they supposed to do? Leave it there and tell everybody not to use it? That would have done the trick. You really can't be mad when you know it was illegal. Whether or not it should be illegal is irrelevant because you knowingly broke the law. Instead of bitching, why don't you folks get crafty and look for all the loopholes that might allow you smoke legally there?

distefanom7
distefanom7

wait, you mean to tell me that people are smoking pot at ski resorts in a state where recreational weed is legal? you really cracked the case on this one inside edition. stories like this are why you're so well known for your quality and unbiased journalism. way to fear monger against pot. maybe they should do a story on all the people getting drunk at the numerous bars on the resort. it's a resort people go there to relax and unwind, most adults usually drink or smoke when they do that. fuck yourself inside edition! you're a skid mark on the underpants of the "wag the dog" media, right next to entertainment tonight!

Marc Mandel
Marc Mandel

Oh and Vail resorts sucks . no smoke shacks and them damn yellow jackets taking the fun and freedom away from riding and they wonder why everyone is going backcountry skiing these days . Vail resorts sucks

Ann Fontenot Lavergne
Ann Fontenot Lavergne

Can you say over reaction?! You just destroyed an opportunity for some great marketing!!! Dumb asses ....

Travis Burns
Travis Burns

no reason to go there now they ruined the whole resort

Mat Feric
Mat Feric

It's bullshit that they sell alcohol on the mountain but mj is a problem!!? Hmmmm!?

Larry Reister
Larry Reister

Inside edition did the same story 15 years ago....result was the same....it was rebuilt....It will be once again.....don't worry kids you be ridin' high again in no time!!

Larry Reister
Larry Reister

I heard they tore it down and will rebuild and sell time shares.....in 15-20 minute incriments....lol!

Burton Bailey
Burton Bailey

Its owned by vail resorts and they are anti mj so this is no surprise.

Kaitlin Buzek
Kaitlin Buzek

Huge overreaction! They should consider blowing up a few of the many ski in ski out bars, that so many visitors (with no idea about their actual tolerance for alcohol at altitude) frequent. No wait, that's totally acceptable behavior...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... the blowback from Puerile Pot Punks Promoting their Petulance in Public 

JimTom
JimTom

Tell that to the people that will be suing the hell out of the ski area when the POS shack collapses and kills someone.

JimTom
JimTom

So it's about smoking not skiing?

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