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A $20 bill, an iPod, and a Red Bull

ELISABETH JORDANspecial to the dailySummit County, CO Colorado
Summit Daily/Elisabeth Jordan

KEYSTONE – More than 40 Keystone employees gathered at the top of River Run at Keystone Thursday to clean up trash in preparation for the opening of summer season.

The three-hour annual clean up was arduous, with employees working their way down steep slopes carrying trash bags and water bottles, using hats, sunscreen and lip balm to protect themselves from the hot summer sun. All resorts schedule clean up days with employees, but this year, they had to wait until June for the snow to melt. Before heading up the slopes to begin, Elliot Cone, the terrain park manager, was hoping to find a wallet full of cash.

“It’s like being on a treasure hunt,” he said. Loni Hodgson, an office manager in marketing, was hoping to find a watch on the slopes.Within 30 minutes, Dave Roch, an employee in accounting, had found a full, unopened bottle of Red Bull. He actually drank it. Many others found coins. Someone found a $20 bill. Another found an iPod. One woman found two cell phones.

There were lots of Mardi Gras beads found, too.At the end, down at the bottom, though all the employees were happy to have done their part in this beautiful scenic playground, many were disappointed with the amount of trash they had found.

Cody Barger, a lifts operator for the last three seasons, said: “I was hoping to find some gold and pirate treasure – some booty. Instead, I found beer cans, cigarette butts and lighters …”In response to all the trash found, Barger had a public service announcement to offer. “Please pick up your trash,” he says. “If you litter, you should come pick it up with us.”

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