(Last Updated On: October 8, 2014)

There is no denying that the Breckenridge Ski Resort really takes a beating during the winter months. Between thousands of visiting skiers and riders, blowing winds and drifting snow it’s easy to see how trash can build up and, come springtime, the melting snow always reveals the remnants of a busy winter.

In my first few years in Breckenridge (when I was really broke and constantly looking for ways to entertain myself) I made it a habit to hike up Peak 8 just as the snow was starting to melt. Without fail, I would always find something exciting. Sometimes it was a pair of goggles, a forgotten ski pole and one year I even found an iPod that still worked, even though I wasn’t thrilled on the person’s musical taste.

If you like hunting online pokies for treasure and keeping our mountains looking pristine the Breckenridge Ski Resort invites you to come out for Mountain Cleanup Day on Thursday, June 14th. Volunteers are asked to meet at the base of Peak 8 at 9 a.m. on Thursday where you will be given trash bags and assigned to a designated area of the mountain.

Be sure to bring some water, sunscreen, and some sturdy hiking boots so you can canvas the mountain. After a few hours of work you’re sure to work up an appetite, which is a good thing seeing that volunteers will be treated to a complimentary barbeque from 11:30 – 1 at the T-Bar at One Ski Hill Place plus a voucher good for one use or ride on the Alpine SuperSlide, GoldRunner Coaster, SuperBungee Trampoline, Mineshaft Maze, Rockpile Climbing Wall or Gemstone Panning; valid until Sept. 3, 2012.

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop there! After Mountain Cleanup Day it’s Local’s Appreciation Day. To celebrate another fun-filled season, Breckenridge Ski Resort is opening up the Peak 8 Fun Park and locals can enjoy unlimited riding on the Alpine SuperSlide, GoldRunner Coaster, Bungee Trampoline and rounds of SuperPutt from 2-5 p.m. The resort does ask that guests kindly bring a can of food or nonperishable food item for the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, FIRC, in return for admittance, how easy is that?

Check out the video from last year of all the happy, smiling people doing their part to keep our mountain looking beautiful year-round!