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GoPros & diamond rings among litter at Breckenridge Ski Resort clean-up days

Locals can help out mountain resort staffers and gain a sneak peak into the summer season at Breckenridge Ski Resort next Thursday.

The resort is holding a mountain cleanup and locals appreciation day on Thursday, June 13, at the Peak 8 base area.

“We do it to thank the community for a great winter and help everyone get excited for summer activities,” said Kristen Petitt Stewart, communications liaison for the resort.

The day will start off with volunteers rolling up their sleeves and scouring the mountain for trash. In the past, Petitt Stewart said, staff were the only ones involved in cleanup day. But a couple of years ago it was opened to the public after the resort received calls from people who wanted to help. Petitt Stewart said the event is a good way to give back and interact with the people who work on the mountain.

“It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy the mountain to come and help the staff pick up what’s leftover from the season,” she said.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring water and dress in layers to prepare for the unpredictable Breckenridge weather. In the past, do-good scavengers have found everything from GoPros to diamond rings.

“You never know what you’re going to find,” Petitt Stewart said.

Volunteers will be treated to a free barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the T-Bar at Ski Hill Grill. They’ll also get a free summer voucher good for one activity.

After the cleanup and barbecue, Breckenridge Ski Resort is inviting the community to take part in a locals appreciation day.

“We turn the park over to the locals for the afternoon,” Petitt Stewart said.

From 2-5 p.m. locals can pack in free rides on the Alpine SuperSlide, GoldRunner Coaster and Bungee Trampline and free rounds of SuperPutt miniature golf.

The resort asks guests to bring a can of food or other nonperishable food item in return for admittance. Donations will go to the Family and Intercultural Resource Center in Dillon. The fun park will open to the public on June 14.

Locals appreciation is a great way to celebrate a successful skiing and riding season and to kick off the summer season, resort staff said.

“The season kept us on pins and needles as far as weather is concerned,” Petitt Stewart said. “The story of the second half of the season was snow, snow, snow. We were happy to see spring return to the grandeur we all know and love.”

The fun continues in the summertime at Breckenridge, she said.

“For us, summer is about interacting with guests, enjoying the sun and being out with the community.”

We do it to thank the community for a great winter and help everyone get excited for summer activities

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The Summit Daily Updated Jun 5, 2013 02:00PM Published Jun 10, 2013 02:08PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.