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Quandary: Tree disposal in the High Country

How do I dispose of my Christmas tree?

Well aren't you a finicky friend! Two days after Christmas and that special spruce is already just a flammable fir, eh? No worries, there are plenty of disposal options here in Summit — some more fun than others.

A personal favorite is Frisco's annual Spontaneous Combustion Bonfire, on Jan. 9. If you'd like to light up your tree one more time, feel free to drop it off at the B-1 parking lot at the Frisco Bay Marina at anytime before the big blaze. Then come back to the marina on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. and hang out with your neighbors while you watch the Yuletide burn. Make sure you've stripped the tinsel and removed the bulbs beforehand, after all no one likes to end the holidays taking shrapnel from firs.

This year Sponataneous Combustion is part of the Frisco Gold Rush events, so gawking as your grand spruce becomes a little smoky can be the perfect way to warm up after watching some Nordic skiing. The 46th Annual Frisco Gold Rush features classic and skate skiing races all taking place at the Frisco Nordic Center, where more graceful competitors than this goat will slide and glide their ways to glory. The event will benefit Summit Nordic Ski Club with some of the money helping send youth competitors to Junior Nationals. Once you've completed your workout by osmosis, head over for the bonfire followed by fireworks at 8 p.m. and say your final goodbyes to your pine pal.

If up-in-flames doesn't match your end-of-season expectations, there are plenty of other options.

Silverthorne will once again operate a recycling site north of Highway 9, just past Silverthorne Elementary. To get there, take Highway 9 north and turn right at the driveway before the water treatment plant; signage will be in place to direct you toward the site. The Silverthorne location is not staffed, so drop by any time before Jan. 31, and if you have questions call (970) 262-7340.

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The landfill — though not as exciting — is also always an option.

With all of these options, make sure your tree has already been stripped before dropping it off. Bonfires just aren't as much fun when the shrapnel starts flying, and no one wants to be the person who hooked a Boy Scout, so please take care to remove all those ornaments.

Quandary, a wise old mountain goat, has been around Summit County for ages, and has the answers to any question about life, love and laws in the High Country. Have a question for Quandary? Send an email to quandary@summitdaily.com