On January 1, 2014, recreational marijuana becomes legal in Colorado. Nothing takes effect until January 1, 2014. That’s when amendment 64 becomes law.
Colorado will always be a safe place to ski. Safety is the number one priority of resorts. This is always the case. After January 1 Colorado will continue to be a family-friendly, safe-skiing destination.
No smoking in public. The new law does not allow smoking marijuana in public places. Public places include malls, sidewalks, stadiums, amusement parks, theaters and yes, ski resorts.
Ski resorts are public places. Every part of a ski resort is a public place. And by every part, that includes chairlifts, gondolas, lift lines, restrooms, parking lots, trails, woods, decks, patios, terrain parks, lodges, behind lodges, snow banks, behind snow banks, rental shops, bars, restaurants, plazas, etc.
Federal law does not allow smoking marijuana on federal land. Almost all ski areas in Colorado are on national forest land i.e. land that is owned by the federal government. Federal law forbids use of marijuana on federal land.
Can’t smoke at a ski resort. Don’t expect to be able to smoke marijuana at a ski resort in Colorado.
In Colorado it is unlawful to ski/ride when impaired. It is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act to participate in skiing or snowboarding, or even to load a lift, while impaired by a controlled substance.
Enforcement may come in a variety of ways. Examples of include but are not limited to ski resort staff, local law enforcement, and the US Forest Service.
Here in Colorado there are a lot of wonderful ways to enjoy the mountains, but smoking marijuana at a ski resort is not one of them.
Skiers and riders can mark more terrain off of their holiday wish list as the Steamboat Ski Resort opened a number of new trails as well as Sundown, Sunshine, South Peak and Thunderhead chairlifts on Thursday, December 12th and announced it will open the Morningside chairlift on Saturday, December 14th. All told, the resort expects to be skiing 156 trails and 2,693 acres, equaling nearly 91% of the mountain, by this weekend.
“I couldn’t think of a better place to spend the holidays than Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “With the snow this past week and continued hard work by resort crews, the mountain is in fantastic shape to serve up great skiing and riding as well as all the holiday trimmings that our guests are accustomed to.” (continue reading…)
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s newest on-mountain dining experience, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, will open to the public with full lunch and après ski menus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Regular hours will be: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Located on the main level of the A-Frame base lodge, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill underwent a $1 million renovation over the summer, tripling its overall capacity by expanding the bar area, creating balcony seating on the 2nd floor and adding weather protection on its outside venue, The Perch. (continue reading…)
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) today announced the return of the complimentary lesson component to its popular 5th Grade Passport program: First Class. Launched in 2010, First Class provides one free beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, for 5th Grade Passport holders who are new to both the sports of skiing and snowboarding. These lessons, in coordination with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, are provided at CSCUSA resorts during the month of January. (continue reading…)
By Kristen Lummis, BraveSkiMom.com
Ashley Sifers, of Ski Granby Ranch, is the Colorado Ski Instructor of the Year for 2013. A first-year PSIA Level 1 instructor, Ashley says she was “floored” when she won the award from Colorado Ski Country USA.
“My supervisor nominated me for the award, but I didn’t think I had snowball’s chance,” she laughed.
“It’s a real honor.”
With a background in therapeutic recreation, Ashley spent 10 years working with people with disabilities. “My job wasn’t necessarily to teaching skiing, but working for a nonprofit, I ended up teaching skiing by default.”
“In my job, we used skiing and other sports as vehicles to other means,” Ashley explains. “I really enjoyed teaching skiing and wanted to become a full-time ski instructor. So last year, I quite my job and made it happen.”
Here’s more from our interview: (continue reading…)
by Kristen Lummis, BraveSkiMom.com
Whether you call it après-ski, happy hour or simply “time to eat,” stopping at the end of a ski day for some sustenance is a fun necessity for hungry families.
It’s a nice time to take a break together, dry out, warm up and enjoy some hearty family time, especially during the holidays. (continue reading…)
Helmet Safety – A Good Idea
Colorado Ski Country USA supports the use of ski and snowboard helmets and encourages you to educate yourself on the benefits and limitations of wearing them. Helmets provide added protection when you fall, but wearing a helmet doesn’t give you permission to ski or snowboard faster or more recklessly.
Over the course of the past several seasons, more and more skiers and snowboarders are wearing helmets on the slopes, a trend that has increased steadily according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). In fact, an overwhelming majority of adults and children wear helmets while skiing and snowboarding and about 90 percent of children nine years old and younger wear helmets, according to NSAA. At some resorts, helmets are mandatory for children taking lessons as part of ski and ride school, and many resorts offer daily helmet rentals. (continue reading…)