Monday, July 18, 2005

"Smoke Shacks" are History

The Breckenridge Ski Resort is removing the "smoke shacks" I first talked about back in April.

During the ski season, the ski patrol recognized the growing number of huts or smoke shacks in the woods on the mountain and made removing the shacks a priority. The shacks range in size and style from crude squatter camps to muti-leveled log cabins, adorned with benches, grills and decor.

"We've cleaned up a couple of them," said ski patrol director Kevin Ahern.

A shack locals referred to as the Marley hut was one of the more frequented at the resort. It has been dismantled somewhat, but a significant amount of wood, tarps and trash has been left in a heap where the structure once stoon.

Ahern said that patrollers would clean up the area.

"Our patrollers started to clean that one up and it basically started to fall down, so we waited until summer to clean it up," he said. "We're going to pull the nails out and scatter the wood around. And we'll just get the non-native stuff out of there."

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