Vail Daily letter: Enjoy spring safely |

Vail Daily letter: Enjoy spring safely

As we approach the spring skiing and snowboarding season at Vail and Beaver Creek, we encourage all our guests to get out and enjoy the warm weather and long sunny days on the mountain, and to utilize the resorts’ public decks for picnics and barbecues. With that in mind, though, we also want to take this opportunity to remind our guests of the resorts’ policies on alcohol and marijuana.

Using any ski lift or trail while impaired by alcohol or controlled substances such as marijuana is prohibited under the Colorado Ski Safety Act. While marijuana is legal in Colorado, we want to remind our guests that it is still illegal to consume marijuana in public, which includes lifts, lift mazes, gondola cabins, decks, etc.; and marijuana remains illegal under federal law and is prohibited on National Forest Service land, which is where both Vail and Beaver Creek mountains operate.

Guests are also not permitted to ride lifts, ski or snowboard on either mountain with open containers or exposed quantities of alcohol, coolers, suitcase-like carriers, barbecues or similar items. One daypack per person is permitted, provided the bag fits in a 5-gallon container. Bags that do not meet the requirement are subject to search and will only be allowed if they contain no alcohol or controlled substances.

Inappropriate behavior that may jeopardize the experience of other guests, including the use of marijuana, is not tolerated and may result in the loss of skiing and snowboarding privileges for the remainder of the season or longer.

We want all of our guests to enjoy their experience on Vail and Beaver Creek mountains this spring, and most importantly we want all our guests to do so safely and responsibly.

Chris Jarnot

Executive vice president and chief operating officer, Vail Mountain.

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