Breckenridge cops cracking down on aggressive skiers


— Local police officers could be more noticeable on the lower slopes and terrain parks at Breckenridge Ski Resort this winter to enforce the Colorado Ski Safety Act.

“In the past, maybe it wasn’t considered as much of a priority, but there has been some trend over the last couple years where we’ve seen more aggressive behavior,” Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman said.

Town council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance for people accused of Ski Safety Act violations to be dealt with in town court. Previously, town police officers have cited people under the state law, which goes through Summit County Court.

The act’s criminal violations include skiing on a closed trail or out of bounds, skiing while impaired by drugs or alcohol and failing to give one’s name and address to a ski area employee when involved in a collision.

Though the town was recently in the national spotlight for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, Holman said he doesn’t expect more people to be skiing stoned.

Regarding discussions with the ski area, there have been “no conversations about expecting more people to ski under the influence,” he said.

The town has undergone a series of budget and staffing reductions this year, and Holman said there’s not yet a concrete plan for how enforcement may be changed for this winter.

“I don’t know that we’ll have a much more visible presence,” Holman said, adding that his department will be “trying to seek out opportunities” to help curb aggressive behavior.


freerider 7 years, 5 months ago

How about cracking down on drunk skiers that get served alcohol by ski corp..this is just like stopping by the police station to get a few beers before driving your car...thanks ski corp. for getting stupid people falling down drunk and then sending them out on the slopes...puts everybody in danger ...what ski corp is really protecting by selling alcohol at the ski area is their bottom line....pathetic


dave reynolds 7 years, 4 months ago

while I agree that drunk skiers are a danger..I thought this article was about Breck in Summit County


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