Week in Summit: New business budding in Silverthorne; pot bothers Nebraska, Oklahoma
The state’s first alpine marijuana lodge, Bud and Breakfast Silverthorne, offers a cannabis-friendly twist on the ski town happy hour — it even starts at 4:20 p.m. — complete with strains, edibles and THC products like shatter from two local dispensaries, Organix in Breckenridge and High Country Healing down the street in Silverthorne.
As at any good après hangout, guests can kick off their ski boots and warm their bones by the stone-hearth fireplace, but at Bud and Breakfast they can do it with a bowl in hand.
The pot is paired with hors d’oeuvres from a local gourmet chef, and the product samplings are offered under the watchful eye of the on-site innkeepers, Mike Roscheleau and Stephanie Colner.
“This really inspires a communal, social atmosphere,” Roscheleau says. “It’s a fusion of Colorado’s two biggest attractions, cannabis and skiing.”
It’s also affordable, at least in terms of a resort lodge. During the ski season, the flat rate for the Garcia Suite is $199 per night, including all meals and marijuana sampling.
Perhaps envious of a neighbor’s success, Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.
According to the suit filed with the Supreme Court, it’s a border issue, though not the kind we’re used to, says columnist Mike Littwin. “In this case, it’s Nebraskans and Oklahomans apparently crossing the border with Colorado to buy weed and then bring it back to, say, Nebraska or Oklahoma. To sell it. Or smoke it. Or eat it. As if they didn’t already have weed to buy in, say, Nebraska or Oklahoma.”
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers — who opposed Amendment 64 — says he will vigorously defend Colorado’s pot laws.
THAT’S A WRAP
David Malchow, a 28-year-old who lives near Breckenridge, is in custody at the Albany County Correctional Facility following his Dec. 15 arrest at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie, a suburb of Albany, N.Y. Hotel staff called the local police department when a package addressed to Malchow smelled heavily of marijuana.
After obtaining a search warrant, police opened the package and discovered more than 16 pounds of marijuana in several smaller packages, all decked in festive wrapping paper.
The Colonie police said the marijuana was “high quality” and valued at about $64,000, or roughly $4,000 per pound. Malchow has been charged with felony marijuana possession, which in New York carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $250 fine. The same felony charge in Colorado carries a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
Odds are Malchow is not in a New York state of mind.
‘MATURE’ ATHLETES SHINE IN THE DEW
Freeskier Keri Herman and snowboarder Kelly Clark both have said they feel like they are skiing and riding at the top of their games, and on a busy finals last Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Dew Tour they showed it. And as the “mature” athletes in the event — Herman is 32, Clark is 31 — they proved there is no age limit in a sport predominantly filled with teenagers and early 20-somethings. The two Olympians took the top spots in their respective disciplines — ski slopestyle for Herman and snowboard halfpipe for Clark.
Herman, a Breckenridge resident, earned the win on her first run in front of a rowdy home crowd filled with family and friends.
“It’s so awesome,” she said afterward. “The support I felt today was incredible. Everyone was crazy. I feel like they were feeling exactly the way that I was feeling. It was the wildest.”
Winter returned to Breckenridge Sunday, when the men’s freeskiers and snowboarders took to the slopestyle course to close out the four-day competition. After finishing just off the podium in fourth place in Saturday’s thrilling skier halfpipe finals, Sochi slopestyle silver medalist Gus Kenworthy held off his competition Sunday with two runs that both outscored the rest of the pack and included creative use of the course’s less-used wall-ride feature.
“It’s actually my first slope podium (win),” Kenworthy said. “I’ve had pipe and big air but never slope. It feels awesome. It’s like my main event so it sucks that it hasn’t happened before, but I’m so stoked.”
Norway’s Oystein Braten was second, and Kenworthy’s U.S. teammate and Sochi bronze medalist Nick Goepper was third.
YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
Speaking of the youngsters, they had their moment to shine during the 2014 Revolution Tour’s opening event at Copper Mountain Resort.
The Rev Tour is a mostly amateur-level competition that gives athletes a chance to make a name for themselves and move on to the next level.
On Wednesday, Eagle native Jake Pates, 16, took a big step forward in his young snowboarding career this week by claiming the top spot in men’s slopestyle.
Then on Thursday, 14-year-old U.S. snowboard phenom Chloe Kim, fresh off a second-place finish in women’s superpipe at the Dew Tour, used the week to test her skills at slopestyle. She walked away with second in the Rev Tour event, behind Finnish rider Kristiina Nisula.
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