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.
get the hell off my lawn.