Sorry guys—unpack the joint. Even though recreational-use marijuana was legalized in Colorado, you won’t (legally) be smoking on a ski lift, in a gondola or at the top of your favorite run any time soon.
Not that it’s a huge surprise—with so many unknowns in the legislation, resorts are waiting for the state to lead the charge on many fronts.
“We do not expect anything to change for us,” Jeff Hanle, public relations director at Aspen Skiing Company, who runs four resorts in Colorado, told Examiner. And at Vail Resorts, a “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Marijuana Use” email circulated amongst its employees, reemphasizing that employees must remain stone-cold sober at work, just like before. (Ha.)
“State laws decriminalizing marijuana have no impact on our Company policy prohibiting the possession or use of marijuana at work, being under the influence of marijuana at work, or having any detectable level of marijuana in your system.”
But honestly, lighting up on a fresh powder day isn’t anything new. And with the new legislation, one has to expect that in the next few years, while the herb may still be technically forbidden on the slopes, resorts may be getting a little greener.
Oh, and check out the video below from Snowboarder Magazine where your favorite pro snowboarders answer the question, "Have you ever smoked weed on a chairlift?" (It's hilarious.)