Colorado ski bum out of jail, but must stay off public lands
January 15, 2010
Charges have been dropped against a 63-year-old man who resisted arrest when authorities took him into custody for living in a CDOT utility parking lot on Forest Service land at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
However, the man, Charles “Charlie” H. Toups, Jr., is banned from all National Forest Service, National Park Service and BLM property.
Toups, who has been jailed for approximately 60 days in a jail cell in Georgetown, will be released.
He had faced charges of of camping on public land (the Colorado Department of Transportation/Forest Service land), possessing marijuana and assaulting a Forest Service officer.
Under the agreement, Toups may ski in ski areas which include Forest Service property if he is a paying customer during regular business hours.
As part of the agreement, Toups admitted that he resisted arrest by Jill Wick, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer.
Toups, described as “Colorado’s Ultimate Ski Bum,” has bummed since the 1970s in Mammoth in California, Snowbird in Utah, Oregon’s Mount Hood, Aspen Highlands and all the ski areas of Summit County.
His home – for nearly a decade – was a Volkswagen Beetle, the passenger seat torn out so he could sleep.