Mountain Cleanup Day
Mountain Clean Up Day 2016!
Summer is here, and the melting snow does more than reveal grassy meadows with technicolor wildflowers – it also uncovers all the items dropped from chairlifts or lost from pockets during the winter season. What’s a ski area to do? Well, host a Mountain Cleanup Day!
Every year, Breckenridge Ski Resort invites employees, their families and friends, and members of the community to comb the five peaks in order to pick up the trash (and sometimes treasure!) that accumulates on the slopes between November and April.
What Volunteers Need to Know
Registered volunteers need to check-in between 9-9:30 a.m. on June 23, on the Ski Hill Grill patio at the base of Peak 8, where they will receive a free lunch coupon; BBQ lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Canned food items will also be accepted for donation to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center “FIRC” if volunteers would like to bring an item to the event.
The event typically draws a crew of 250 to 300 volunteers who often discover mundane items like beverage bottles and cans, as well as more interesting finds: mining artifacts, one hundred dollar bills, diamond rings, lost skis and snowboards, GoPros, cell phones, etc. Of course, the staff at Breckenridge Ski Resort does its best to return anything of value to its original owner.
Mountain Cleanup Day is a great way to give back to the Breckenridge community and to show some love to your favorite mountains, but these volunteer efforts don’t go unrewarded! After a morning full of hoofing it up and down the slopes, all participants are treated to a free barbeque lunch and a voucher to one of the Fun Park activities.
If you do plan to participate, make sure you come prepared. Volunteers should wear hats, good hiking shoes, and work gloves. It’s also a good idea to have extra layers because summertime weather conditions can change quickly in the high country. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen.
While Mountain Cleanup Day is an important way to kick start the summer season, keeping the mountains beautiful and trash-free isn’t limited to just one event. The Trails, Snowmaking, and Summer Operations teams regularly scour the mountains to remove any wayward pieces of trash. This is important for all users of the mountains, including the wildlife that call Breckenridge Ski Resort home!