Breckenridge discovers strange items during post-season cleanup

Jun 17, 2024, 4:50 PM | Updated: Jun 18, 2024, 1:01 pm

A pineapple, a gallon of barbecue sauce and an Invisalign retainer — what do these items have in common? Things that a skier or snowboarder might drop while on a chairlift may not be the obvious answer.

On Tuesday, June 11, more than 200 Breckenridge Ski Resort employees conducted the resort’s annual post-ski season cleanup in preparation for summer recreation, which opened on Friday, June 14. The crew scoured three peaks in the resort to collect trash and discarded items after the snow melted.

The resort posted a video on its social media platforms showcasing some of the items found in the process, both typical and atypical. Among them was a gallon of Cattleman’s barbecue sauce, bones, a rental snowboard, an entire pineapple, earbuds, single skis, mittens, poles, Mardi Gras beads, IDs, an Invisalign retainer and a frisbee. The video has since amassed nearly 50,000 likes and 550 comments on Instagram.

The caption read, “Clean up on aisle 3! Or, rather, on Peaks 7, 8, and 9. In preparation for our summer opening this Friday, over 200 employees came together to clean up everything left behind from the winter season. Check out our finds, and remember to pack out what you bring to the mountain. Thanks for helping us keep it clean and pristine!”

Over 800 pounds of trash was collected from underneath the chairlifts and around the mountain.

Summer activities resume with the reopening of the BreckConnect gondola and the Colorado SuperChair. With a free ride on the gondola, visitors will get access to an alpine slide, the GoldRunner Coaster, a climbing wall, ropes courses and free nature tours with rangers from the U.S. Forest Service. The nature tours start at the top of the Colorado SuperChair Thursdays through Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., starting Friday, June 21.

All summer operations run through Labor Day, September 2.

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