On the Clock
Always ready with an answer to the hundreds of questions posed by visitors at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Ev Thomas admits he was once stumped when he received a call from the local stables. “We have two tons of manure. Come and get it,” Thomas heard over the line. It was a request for someone at town government, but Thomas said he answers all kinds of questions unrelated to recreation as a front desk attendant. “Who can marry us on the slopes?” is another. It’s been asked more than once. “We’re like the Breckenridge Resort Chamber so we keep track of the news,” he said. Thomas retired from a 30-year military career and now lives nearly full time in Breckenridge.
What do you like about your job?”I’m dealing with people who want to better themselves so they’re very up and very positive. It’s almost addictive. We see people of all ages. Quality of life is important to them and they’re doing something about it.”What are the job’s challenges?”We have such a diverse array of programs, from different types of pilates to children’s programs to five different sports leagues: Do I bring tennis shoes (for a kids lesson)? Is it Red Cross certified? When can I use the whitewater park? It’s mind boggling, the types of recreation opportunities in Summit County.”
What brought you to Summit County?Thomas visited Breckenridge in 1976 at the suggestion of a friend. He had just returned from Germany with his wife and two small children, and the family felt the town had everything.”The children could walk all over town. It was very safe. We could walk to the Quicksilver, over to the ice cream shop or next door to the hamburger place.”Thomas purchased a condo on Main Street, which he sold 20 years later. The couple still lives in Breckenridge but also owns property in Tucson, Ariz.What do you do when you’re not at work?
The Thomas clan travels around the state in their camper and frequently visits family around the country. In Ev’s quest to answer all the questions posed at the rec center, the couple dines out a lot, skis at Breckenridge, enjoys the alpine slide, goes hiking and plays tennis. Thomas is chairman of Boy Scout Troop 187 and a choir member at Father Dyer United Methodist Church. Tell us something your co-workers don’t know about you.”My background is in fossils. I love geology. I don’t know how anyone could travel in Colorado and not wonder how Peak 10, the Gore Range or the Black Canyon of the Gunnison was formed. You can see years of rock and that excites me.”- Kim Marquis
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