Photos: Leo's Smoke Shack at Breckenridge destroyed after Inside Edition report
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.
More photos and videos below.
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....
...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:
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."
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.