North Trail in need of a cleaning
VAIL ” Employees at Vail and Beaver Creek sports shops will participate in the third-annual Trail Work Day on Wednesday to get the North Trail cleaned up in time for its official opening Thursday.
About 20 employees from the shops, which are owned by the Denver-based Specialty Sports Ventures, will meet at about 8:30 a.m. to head to the North Trail and spend seven to eight hours clearing brush from the path and sawing off half-broken limbs, said Joan Christensen, a spokesperson for the event.
“Apparently, because of the heavy snow, there’s a lot of branches and stuff down,” Christensen said.
Chris Dixon, merchandise manager for Specialty Sports Ventures, said strong winds also cover the trail in debris.
The volunteers will be split up into four teams, which will take on different sections of the trail, Dixon said. There are many trees that have fallen down, called “blow down,” which need to be cleared. The teams will also work to prevent trail erosion by diverting any running water from the path.
The project is in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Dixon said. Dawes Wilson, a local trail activist who works with the Forest Service, usually leads one of the teams.
The Specialty Sports Ventures stores in each region, such as Breckenridge and Copper Mountain, do a community service project every year as a way of giving back, Christensen said.
“It’s just being part of the community,” Christensen said. “It’s volunteerism. It’s part of the corporate philosophy and culture.”