USA TODAY - As Colorado readies to legalize recreational marijuana on New Years Day, resorts are bracing for pot enthusiasts looking to spark up while out skiing on the slopes. But Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association that represents 21 ski resorts, is reminding tourists that marijuana smoking at ski resorts is not OK.
"The law clearly states that is it illegal to smoke in a public place and that includes ski areas," said Jennifer Rudolph, a spokesperson for the trade association told the USA TODAY Network. "The law is clear that it is meant to be consumed in private."
Some resorts plan to display signage to remind folks not to light up, Rudolph said.
The ski industry contributes $3 billion to the Colorado tourism economy annually, according to Ski Country USA's latest estimate.
"Our resorts have so much to offer. What we can't offer guests is being able to smoke marijuana, Rudolph added." She underscored the need for the ski resorts to remain a safe, family friendly place for winter vacations.
Some companies however are offering marijuana-themed activities related to skiing:
Colorado HighLife Tours is offering marijuana friendly ski buses also known as 420 ski party bus. The tour guide company will take groups in 2014 to Breckenridge, Winter Park, Eldora, Loveland. Also Echo Mountain, Keystone, Copper Mountain Resort, and Vail, according to the company website. The cost is $75 a person with groups of 15 people or more.Travel agency Colorado Green Tours is offering a tour guides, deals and information on things to do in Colorado this ski season.My420tours.com offers trip packages that are 'fun, unique and educational,'according to the website.
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