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Jim Merrick: Breckenridge a ski town first and foremost

Jim Merrick

My wife and I have been full-time residents of Breckenridge since 1994. The quality of life in Breckenridge depends in large part on the success of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Breckenridge is a ski town, not a nature preserve or wildlife habitat. My wife and I both snowshoe and hike in the backcountry as well as downhill ski in Breckenridge so we enjoy the natural environment as much as anyone who lives here in Summit County. However, we also recognize the need for the Breckenridge Ski Resort to continue to be a world-class experience for visitors because this is what supports our local economy and enables us locals to have a great quality of life.

While there are definitely improvements that can be made in addition to a new ski lift on Peak 6, there is no doubt that the ski area is overcrowded. The addition of a lift on Peak 6, which is within the ski area boundary, will certainly help alleviate the overcrowding.

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