After Inside Edition’s “expose” of Colorado’s smoke shacks — hodgepodge homebrew structures sufficient to provide minimal protection from the elements while outdoor enthusiasts partake of the Devil’s Lettuce — at least one famous shack appears to have been dismantled.
TRIGGER WARNING: If you are upset by images of smoke shacks getting asploded, do NOT play this video.
This is not the first time that one of the (in)famous Breckenridge smoke shacks have been destroyed, and I’m sure more will be built in the future; there’s been a long-running cat-and-mouse game between the resort management, forest service, and the skiers and snowboarders who build and use these shacks. But it’s still lame.
Some opponents of the shacks might cite “safety” issues and while I can get behind that to a degree, there’s a bit of a double-standard: I think we can probably all agree that Aussies on holiday are often among the drunkest, most obnoxious, and dangerous slope fillers. But you’ll probably never see an Inside Edition expose on vacationers having a few too many pints at lunch, or ripping shots of whiskey on the chairlifts, which is commonplace at EVERY ski area in the world.
Oh, if only people could just mind their own damn business. In case your curious, here is the Inside Edition “expose”. I guess sneaking up on stoners with hidden cameras constitutes investigative “journalism” these days.