This is what Leo's smoke shack now looks like in Breckenridge. (Photo via Leo's Rebuild Project.)

Smoke shacks backlash billows for Colorado ski areas

BRECKENRIDGE — A swirling storm of social media backlash hit Vail Resorts last week as beloved secret structures on ski resort lands were destroyed in an effort to prevent marijuana consumption.

A number of structures reportedly associated with prohibited marijuana use, and constructed illegally on U.S. Forest Service land, have been destroyed during the last few weeks. The structures, often known as “smoke shacks,” have been destroyed as Vail Resorts and the Forest Service are made aware of them. Mountain operations teams and USFS officials have destroyed “several” over the last year at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge.

Video: Watch the orginial “Inside Edition” report about marijuana on the ski slopes

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On Feb. 14, an “Inside Edition” video showed skiers and riders smoking what appeared to be marijuana inside one such structure at Breckenridge Ski Resort — a two-story building known as “Leo’s.” Officials destroyed the structure using explosives shortly after the video aired. A Facebook page, “Leo’s Rebuild Project,” has received more than 2,300 likes since Feb. 22.

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