Skinner: Vail Resorts limiting its liability with smoke shacks |

Skinner: Vail Resorts limiting its liability with smoke shacks

I have the pleasure of skiing here several times each season, and enjoy my morning Summit Daily News. I read the article about Vail Resorts destroying the smoke shacks built on US Forest Service land under their lease. Recently, I read the follow-up letter from Chris Hoover.

As a skier and occasional smoker, I appreciate Chris’s point about the relative safety of THC impaired skiers. Much like the pot-impaired driver (who is typically going exactly the speed limit and in the center of his lane) I find myself skiing in a less aggressive and more thoughtful manner when I’m buzzed. I just don’t see the danger. Alcohol is far more dangerous in a skier’s bloodstream than THC.

In defense of Vail Resorts (full disclaimer, I hold an annual Epic Local Pass), they try hard to make the skiing experience fun, safe, and still profitable for their shareholders. I’m betting a corporate attorney wrote something advising upper management of the liabilities associated with their knowledge of the smoke shacks and a failure to take action. That’s how business works, Chris, prudent decision-making to try to protect and grow the investments made by so many over so many years.

Like so many citizen initiatives, the smoke shacks will be rebuilt, and torn down again, ad infinitum. It’s a game much like prohibition, in which no one ever wins, but both sides are doing their part to keep life interesting and fun here in the beautiful Rockies.

Paul Skinner

Daytona Beach, Florida

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