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Letter: Colorado no longer desirable to ski family because of legalized pot

To the Editor:

As a long-term patron of Colorado skiing, I found USA Today’s pot tourism story* interesting. Our trip last season to Winter Park provided a hint of the resort’s future, such as a main-street pot party with smoke so thick we smelled it inside our car as we drove by. While we were on the slopes, kids we saw smoking joints mid-run showed that “No Smoking” rules are unenforceable.

I suspected the environment would degrade this season, influencing us to bypass Colorado in favor of family-oriented attractions. USA Today confirmed this was a good decision. I miss skiing, but our trip to Arizona has been an ideal alternative.

We’ll ski in future years, and Colorado may be an option if we find a family-oriented resort, but that is most-likely a thing of the past. For now, we plan to explore slopes outside of Colorado for our next ski vacation.

Paul Heumphreus

St. Peters, Missouri

* Source of USA Today’s story: Dec 23, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/22/colorado-resorts-brace-for-marijuana-tourism/4168959/


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