We recently reported about the controversy over an Arapahoe Basin executive
announcing that skiers caught smoking marijuana in public
at the resort could lose their lift ticket
-- a warning that stirred plenty of controversy. But one important factor may not have been fully considered by those on either side of the issue: Arapahoe Basin, like most Colorado ski areas, is on federal land. Moreover, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman stresses that pot is illegal in such places -- and stopping its use remains a priority.