UTAH WORRIED POT TOURISTS LEAVING FOR COLORADO
Utah, the land of four percent powder and 3.2 percent beer, says it’s not worried about ski bums fleeing the state for Colorado in a quest for legal THC. Don’t believe it for a minute. “We kind of keep an eye on everything Colorado does,” said Ski Utah communications director Susie English. When CO voters passed Amendment 64 last week, “the topic came up quickly.” It “definitely was, you know, on our forethought because Colorado is one of the biggest ski destinations and one of our biggest competitors.” And since Utah is always fighting the perception that it’s not a party state, this certainly won’t help. On the other hand, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said, “Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.” Via Deseret News.
OFFENDED BY HOOTERS, OWLS ATTACK WASHINGTON HIKERS
Okay, it’s impossible to know whether an association with buxom food servers is antagonizing Northwest owls, but something has their feathers in a bunch — there have been so many attacks on hikers and joggers that officials near Kirkland have closed sections of some parks. “People have been clawed enough to draw blood,” said Park Ranger Mary Welborn. The owls are drawn to ponytails and headphone cords, and rangers have speculated that the attackers might be younger owls who’ve just left the nest and are territorial about their new situation. Via King5.
SKI HOUSES GET MODERN, DITCH ANTLER CHANDELIERS
Anyone who’s a regular reader of Weekend Cabin could have told you this, but ski town architecture is getting away from the traditional, cliched western look and embracing the sleek, simple lines of modernism. “After decades of traditional mountain design—heavy overhangs, a plethora of pine wood, a deer’s head hung in the entryway—ski homes across the globe are shedding the antlers,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Of course, being the newspaper of arbitrage and hedge fund managers, these aren’t exactly cabins the Journal is talking about. No, they’re talking about 5,000- and 6,000-square-foot second homes. Or maybe third. Via Wall Street Journal.