i just called information at Steamboat and asked them about the article, and it seems they are already running damage control. the woman i talked to said that the article is ridiculous and not true, that they do not and will not be doing police pat-downs, and blamed this on the 5280 magazine basically making shit up. she said that last year they had additional security on the mountain on April fools day to mitigate/discourage pranks.
so the steamboat management knows about the article and deny its truth, and i would look for them to address this publicly soon.
on the other hand, if it is true then they should be boycotted and put out of business.