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I live in Steamboat and I'm in law enforcement. I've been riding every day since opening day and have seen nothing to confirm that. Like markin said, only on Gaper day and sometimes the last day trying to keep people from getting wasted on the mountain.
 

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I have not seen anything like the article depicts like all else have said. I have been on the mountain from opening day last Wed through Sunday and did not see any searches comparable to what is referenced in the article. No uniformed presence in the the lift line for the gondola that I noticed or any other lift on the hill. All in all it was pretty low key over the holiday weekend, no lift lines, and no hassle. I have definitely heard of several instances of officers being stationed at the top of the gondola waiting for idiots getting off the lift with obvious signs of illegal behavior taking place.

What I will say is come visit and I bet you will enjoy, it is too easy for the police to profile the people who might be "hooligans" with certain criteria. If you fit that profile, expect to be under heightened scrutiny. The snow has been unreal for this early. Over 100 inches so far and best November on record according to what I read today, heard they are opening more terrain either tomorrow or Thursday!!! I only hope the snow continues........
 

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I will respect the idea when a pig pulls me over half way down a steep bump run for being to bad-ass for public witness!

I like the closing of the article... A-basin...for those of us who want a bar in the back-country. Cheers.;)

Respect earns respect....violate this and get dealt with...cops or not
 

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back in 2004, they were cracking down on "smoking" in the gondola cars. i was in line on a big 15" powder morning in early december. someone in the front of the line yelled "cops on the gondola!" the call went through the whole crowd. people were yelling it back through the line as a warning to everyone that they shouldn't be smoking on the gondola on that particular day. if i remember correctly, about ten people ignored the warning and got cited by the sheriff that morning.

that was the biggest police "bust" that i've ever seen at steamboat. there are other times when the police are there though. gaper day, last day, etc. i personally have never been searched like i was in an airport security line like this story says though. that is complete bs. nobody is performing searches of people at the ski area.
 

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The cops might be there looking for my friend Randy. He likes to fart so bad in the gondola that it smells like someone did diarrhea in there when we get out at the top. I'm sure it still reeks when it gets to the bottom to pick up the next load because we leave the windows closed.
 

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On Saturday I saw 4-5 officers lingering around the base of Peak 8 at Breck. They weren't busting anyone, but they looked like they were looking for someone to bust.
 

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On Saturday I saw 4-5 officers lingering around the base of Peak 8 at Breck. They weren't busting anyone, but they looked like they were looking for someone to bust.
I see officers at Monarch doing this too. I believe it is to discourage disrepectful teenagers from stealing gear. It seems like every year they have to set up a sting to bust a "ring" of teenage thieves. I believe 2 years ago they busted a 17 year-old from Canon with something like 15 stolen snowboards in the back of his truck...so they aren't all up there to harass smokers (although I have seen FS doing random "hut checks").
 

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Really? Hut checks? For smokers? Crazy. You can't through a snowbowl at most resorts with out hitting smoker of sort or other.
 

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Last year a few of us built a snow cave/igloo at one of the pull-outs between the basin and keystone. We stepped out after a "session" just in time to meet an FS officer approaching. She let us know that we were in "Federal" jurisdiction and she was a "Federal" officer. We were respectful and she did not press it.

The point is that the FS seems to like the idea that they have kept the strong hand in this regard.
 

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They are setting up stings where they leave a nice board or skis at a corner where they would be ripe for taking and then have someone watching out of the lodge window. I totally love the fact that they are going after theives of gear. Beat downs would be better, but I think the police up here are too honest for that sort of primal justice?
 

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well thanks for letting the dirt bags know about it.
unfortunately like it or not buzzards are just as likely to have the same percentage of douchbags as the rest of society.
 

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Disagree

I've been on rivers my whole life. I've seen rafters steal camp sites, but I have never seen a boater take anothers gear. Boaters are some of the best people around, and we do a good job of passing on those ethics and expectations to those who join the fold in their teens.

This is quite difference than the vast number of teens on the mountain who parents have never skied or boarded with them. They've been dropped off at the mall all summer and the ski area all winter. Their role models are the park brats and mall rats that are two years older than them. It probably for the off topic board, but I'm not worried about the people on this site. While we can have philisophical debates on the course of the world all night, they aren't the ones who are going to rip off my stuff.
 

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There's 50 plus shacks at big sky.. at least they knew who to stay away from cause those cannabis smokers smoke some dangerous stuff.. dangerous I tell you
 

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thanks for posting rhm...glad to see that Steamboat is standing up to this sort of 'sensationalism' journalism.
That sad part is people will read Kelly's article & maybe chose a different ski resort to spend their money at. Then local businesses suffer.
....Its the same at Vail, cops show up on the last day, thats it...(but always beware, they did take BBB away from us)
 

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Was at the 'Boat this weekend and didn't see a anybody that looked like a cop,and our gondy car might have been a bit hazy.....
 

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The first article published was as about as credible as Mike Bohn at CU saying "We haven't hired coach Embree". I really enjoy how the author, a Steamboat local at that, states she's been patted down on days other than Gaper and Closing day, but refuses to specify as to when that might have been. I think she was stoned and couldn't remember.

I skied Steamboat all weekend and despite my best efforts could not achieve a pat down, reach around, or even a gentle pat on the backside. I did ride a chair with a US Forest Service ranger who had this to say, "Great conditions, huh?". I smiled and replied, "You bet, cold smoke!"
 
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