Colorado’s ultimate ski bum gets out of jail, but is banned from forest

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 14, 2010 4:49 pm

We love this. Check out Howard Pankratz’s article from the Denver Post about Colorado’s ultimate ski bum:

“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 Arapaho 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.

According to court documents, Toups was illegally living at the CDOT parking lot situated on Forest Service land.

On Nov. 14, Wick and a Summit County Deputy Sheriff approached Toups at the Arapaho Basin Ski Area and informed him a a federal arrest warrant for living in the Colorado Department of Transportation utility parking lot.

According to allegations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver, Toups stiffened his body and resisted arrest. When officers told him to put his hands behind his back, Toups clenched his fists, tucked his arms against his body and started to shout at the officers.

After a struggle, the officers were able to move Toups’ hands and he was handcuffed.

Toups was originally charged with forcibly resisting Wick when she tried to arrest him.

However, that charge is being dropped and Toups’ prosecution is being deferred for a period of 24 months.

If Toups stays out of trouble for 24 months, the case will be dismissed, according to Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.”