As a counter-point to the recent declaration by Arapahoe Basin that pot will not be tolerated on ski area grounds, Wolf Creek Ski Area decided last year not to pursue marijuana violations if users do not pose a safety risk and are discreet. The resort just opened ahead of schedule on October 19th.
The ski area reports that it has experienced no issues related to marijuana since a federal officer caught an employee with a medical marijuana license smoking at the top of a ski line last winter, Pitcher said. Unless reckless skiing becomes is evident, it will be up to Forest Service officers to enforce the law at Wolf Creek. Citations for public consumption carry a minimum $250 fine and possible court summons, and a maximum fine of $5,000 and six months in jail.
Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, said the trade association has begun posting signs on the slopes and warnings on social media that marijuana use remains illegal. But Colorado Ski Country USA memberships will not be revoked because of marijuana use at member sites.