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snoeboarder 05-12-2010 02:58 PM

Stop the Potheads!

Forest Service Goes After 'Smoke Shacks' and Their Builders Within Crested Butte Ski Area
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Mt. Crested Butte, CO - U.S. Forest Service rangers in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests report that they continue to hunt down and destroy illegal marijuana "smoke shacks" within the boundaries of Colorado's Crested Butte ski area, and indicate that they will continue to prosecute the builders and maintainers of the structures.

The shacks constitute illegal structures built on Forest Service land, officials say. Those structures found are torn down and their builders and users prosecuted, for according to officials, even tightening a wire holding the structure together, or clearing a path to the structure is considered to be maintaining it.

In December, two Western State College students were fined $850 each for building an illegal structure within the ski area, and were banned from Crested Butte Mountain Resort as a result of their actions. Additional structures were later located in February. A similar sweep at Crested Butte in February 2008 also resulted in arrests.

The illegal structures are not confined to Crested Butte. Similar smoke shacks were located and destroyed at Snowmass Ski Area near Aspen, Colo. in 2007. Forest Service officials have indicated that such inspection operations are routine at ski areas operating on public land.

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killclimbz 05-12-2010 03:09 PM

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The forest service has been on a witch hunt on these things. The two kids who were arrested for building some of the structures must have been idiots. There are something like 30 huts around Winterpark, I know of maybe a dozen and I have no idea who built 'em. The Crested Butte sheriff equated the priority of busting the smoke shacks with getting cattle off of the road.

There are shacks located around some of the backcountry areas in the state too. Loveland and Berthoud Pass both have shacks at various spots of the mountains. Of course I doubt the Forest service is interested in tearing these down as they can't take a lift to get there.

Anyway, the shacks are not supposed to be there, so if they want to tear them down fine. The witch hunt that is going along with it, is uncalled for.

FLuiD 05-12-2010 03:59 PM

Yeah this will be a never ending battle and has been for some time! There will always be shacks and there will always be resorts that don't want them and tear them down. I have not spent much time finding them but that would be a fun mission! Milo and I ran into the 1 on Loveland pass a couple months a go. It looked pretty "established!!!" :)

BurtonAvenger 05-12-2010 04:59 PM

The one on Loveland Pass is insane.

killclimbz 05-12-2010 05:13 PM

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You know, I've never been to the Loveland one. Berthoud has just one clandestine hut that I've found. I haven't been to it in a few years, then there are the huts that used to be more of a commercial operation and are abandoned. Peter Rabbit, 2nd Creek cabin, and 1st Creek cabin. I've never been to the 1st creek one because the terrain right around it is just not interesting for riding. I've looked at it from across the valley though, and it looks like it's the best one at Berthoud.

DrGreeNThumB420 05-12-2010 06:40 PM

theres a bunch of spots at Loveland and on Love of the huts by lift 8 was broken down this year....wasn't sure if it just couldnt hold the heavy spring snow from the year before or maybe forest service broke it? Also some on the tree rails were broken this year. I was thinking bout going to do some rebuilding in summer.......they can keep going around and destroying them but they will just get rebuilt somewhere else.....

BurtonAvenger 05-13-2010 01:17 AM

Where the hell did you find a photo of the troll that lives in the woods?

Eightfingers 05-13-2010 01:36 AM

So medical marijuana is legal in CO right? Why are they going on a witch hunt for smoke shacks? Either way if someone wants to smoke, they will do it on the lift or just go OB a bit smoke and come back. I know I know pot is illegal, but Im sure the ones against have no problem going to slam a few beers in the lodge and then going back on the mountain.

BurtonAvenger 05-13-2010 02:47 AM

It's not a matter of pot smoking by any means so don't even try to make it about that. It's more or less about how the government believes our lands shouldn't have buildings that they didn't permit on them or any feature that is man made they didn't create.

freshy 05-13-2010 12:37 PM

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I was wondering what these shacks look like. That pic from MPD cleared that up, looks like the same ones we got here in Canada. How it is a big enough deal to find the builders and prosecute is way beyond me.
Fuck America's shitty anti pot stance.

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