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KIM MARQUIS
Summit Daily/Reid Williams Jim Binford
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In 10 years, Jim Binford has called 14 different residences home in Summit County, including three different places in the last two months. He currently lives in a big house overlooking Interstate 70 in Dillon with five other guys in a situation that seems “always to look like a party’s going on,” he said. Despite the constant moving in the area, Binford, originally from a small town in southern Indiana, said he doesn’t expect to leave the county unless he were to move to a smaller town in the Rocky Mountains. Binford works at ReCYCLE Ski & Sport in Frisco, a gear consignment shop where he enjoys helping locals and can take advantage of discounts on the bike gear he buys to support his favorite sport of downhill mountain biking. He works at the shop 50 hours a week in the winter, saving cash for travel expenses and entry fees in the many state competitions he enters as a downhill racer.

What do you like about your job?”I meet the best people – the locals. It’s like bartending without the bar.”What are the job’s challenges?”Giving estimates on gear and clothing. We’re brutally honest with people on gear value and that can be tough.”

What brought you to Summit County?Binford had skied at a small hill in Indiana, then tried the West for the first time in New Mexico. A friend moved to Summit County in 1994, so he decided to check it out and moved here shortly after. What do you do when you’re not at work?Binford races downhill mountain bikes at the expert level in state competitions. He placed second and third in two competitions this season in Snowmass Village.

“It was the highlight of my summer,” he said. While the sport presents its dangers with 15-foot cliff drops on steep slopes, he said he’s incurred more injuries on his snowboard than his bike.He also owns a snowmobile and enjoys riding at Vail and Rabbit Ears passes.What is the strangest item brought to the store for consignment?”A Speedo – and bowling balls.”


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