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Reader: Should we blow up bars to keep drunks off the ski slopes?

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Last week, we shared a video of Leo's Smoke Shack in Breckenridge being blown up by ski area and U.S. Forest Service reps shortly after it was featured on Inside Edition. The clip didn't please many of our readers, who questioned whether the action would enhance safety. This post highlights what its author sees as a bigger problem.

kadargo writes:

OK, so if we are going to blow up smoke shacks to keep stoners off the slopes, isn't it time to start blowing up bars that are putting drunks on the road? Drunks on the road seem to be causing lots of problems. See your local news for more information.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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David Schempf
David Schempf

if one of those shacks catch on fire and some people get hurt and they would be the ones who try to sue . keep up being a dumbasses and it might be back to voters and pot outlaw again.and you know the far right would be behind it.

John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin

@ Bill. Skiing is supposed to be dangerous! And it always will be dangerous. Quit trying to make everything 'safe' . Safe is boring and lame. The last thing we need is more rules on the slopes.

Bill Black
Bill Black

I would pay extra for smoke shacks that are well appointed. That sold weed, liquor, grub, and had a phone charging station. WiFi. That would sell well. You know what would do really well out on the slopes? A taco truck! How many times have I been stoned, skiing, and could die for a freaking taco? Too many times to count.

Bill Black
Bill Black

In the winter, ski resorts murder as almost many peeps as drunk drivers, in CO. We're supposed to just let that go? On top of being the most environmentally corrosive of the recreational industries? We should BLOW up ski resorts entirely. Replant the trees. Then rebuild the smoke shacks.

Bill Black
Bill Black

Westword! Write some articles about how damn dangerous skiing actually is. And how ski resorts are NOT doing enough to make skiing safer. Every single week, we here in Cow Town, read about how ANOTHER skier died skiing. We're sick of it. Put the onus on them to make skiing not so deadly, and they won't have the time to make silly marijuana rules, and blow up smoke shacks. NO body has ever died from smoking marijuana. MANY peeps die every year skiing. Make them fix that, or at least attempt to.

Bill Black
Bill Black

Cater to marijuana users instead of discriminating against them! See how that affect their bottom line. Some Capitalist genius will do just that. The next year? They will ALL cater to marijuana users. Why? Money.

Bill Black
Bill Black

How is Westword at fault? Information WANTS to be free, and should be freed. The problem is that REPUBLICANS own and run ski properties. They are implementing their own marijuana laws. This was bound to happen. WE the Peeps need to BEND them to our will in every regard. This is just one of them. FIGHT them. Write letters. Boycott them.

Bill Black
Bill Black

No, we should NOT blow up bars just like they blow up smoke shacks. Two wrongs don't make a right. Skiing is recreation. We're supposed to have FUN. Skiing is actually very dangerous what with tree wells and running into trees. Do you know HOW much a lift ticket costs? Too much. We skiers want VALUE. That means smokes shacks. We want bars. We want some place good to eat grub at. IF they blow up smoke shacks, don't ski there. Boycott them. Exert the power of Democracy in mass.

Glen Kelley
Glen Kelley

The first rule of smoke shacks. Don't put them in the GPS or newspapers or tv.

Che Harness
Che Harness

I would agree with you if pot smokers were treated as equal citizens. But since we are ostracized by society, even after legalizing marijuana, our gathering places need to be more covert.

Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Absolutely! How obviously hypocritical.

Che Harness
Che Harness

Couldn't we just clip their lift ticket when they order a drink? I could smoke high-grade pot all day long and never be as intoxicated as I would be after one beer.

Benjamin Bradburn
Benjamin Bradburn

You destroyed those shacks westword. You destroyed culture for a few clicks. You should be ashamed, and yet you keep at it. Pathetic.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

It's not quite the same thing. If you found a shack built illegally in the woods that served alcohol, then ya knock yourself out. But blowing up a bar vs. a shack in the woods is apples/oranges.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Open the equivalent, not on federal property.

joshcward
joshcward

Blowing up bars to keep the ROADS safe? What about the bar at the top of the ski lift? Im done with Vail resorts. 

kadargo
kadargo

With all due respect, Michael, I was suggesting that if getting rid of smoke shacks makes the ski slopes safer, maybe we should consider getting rid of bars to make the ROADS safer.  In that context, your title makes no sense.  I said nothing about drunks on the SLOPES, but rather drunks on the ROAD.  Please reread my comment again...carefully. Maybe you can catch the parallel was making.

But, yeah, let's keep getting rid of smoke shacks to make the ski slopes safer, while bars, breweries, and restaurants continue to put drunks on our roads.  Let's continue to allow businesses to exist where people can drive up, go inside and get impaired, and then drive off. The DUI laws don't seem to be working.  See your local news for more information.

miltenbergerl
miltenbergerl

His use of our comments can be misleading. He did that to me last week. The people saw my point though.

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