Littlejohn: A longtime Breck skier gets ‘documented’ (letter)
December 21, 2015
Well, I had a first on December 14. I got "documented" while skiing in Breckenridge. As a passholder and town resident since 1992, I have great respect for ski patrol and all those who work to keep people safe on the mountain. I am aware being a "Yellow Jacket" is a thankless job and the guys stationed on the runout of Rounders were just "following orders".
I am concerned, however, that another freak interaction like this could get my pass pulled. A friend and I are riding up the Colorado Chair and see people skiing the runs to viewers right of Spruce and think they look pretty good. We get off the chair and start the traverse towards the T-bar expecting to drop down about half way as we've been doing for weeks. It is roped off. So being the law abiding citizens we are, we continue on and ski down Dukes (terrible).
On the next ride up, we discussed how all the people riding those runs were in there. Then we see a well-traveled traverse cutting skiers left off of Spruce. It is well below any rope and not marked closed. So we go that way and have a nice run until we are flagged down along with several other people and threatened with getting our passes taken. But since we didn't "technically" duck a rope they were just going to document us for skiing closed terrain.
My suggestion: If you know people aren't realizing the trail is closed, put 30 feet of rope across the only natural entry into that area from the open trails rather than threatening people who ski and ride responsibly.