Breckenridge cracks down " no foolin’ |

Breckenridge cracks down " no foolin’

Lory Pounder
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. ” In recent years “Gaper Day” celebrations have gotten a bit out of hand in Breckenridge, officials say. Not this year.

Throwing snowballs at tourists, yelling obscenities at guests and illegal drinking on the hill are a few examples of past indiscretions on April Fools’ Day, or Gaper Day, at the resort. So, Tuesday, deputies, officers, Breckenridge Ski Resort officials and additional hired security will be out in force.

Anyone involved in abusive behavior, offensive language or dress, or illegal drinking at the resort will have their ski pass pulled for two years, said Nicky DeFord, senior communications manager for the resort.

“We’ve taken a pretty hard stance on this the last three years,” she added.

Residents think “it’s fun, it’s tradition,” but it has gotten out of control in the last few years, DeFord said.

“People can still be out having fun,” she said, adding: “Remember people come to Breckenridge because it’s a very welcoming place … our reputation is on the line.”

During the last couple of Breckenridge Town Council meetings, the topic of Gaper Day trouble has come up.

Corry Mihm, executive director of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber, told the council that the organization is trying to put out the message that the town does not support the “nastiness that surrounds April Fools.” The town will not be hiring a band, officials are working to spread the word to businesses to “curb their employees” and the restaurant association decided not to do a barbecue, she added.

However, the restaurant association is looking into other dates, she said.

The Breckenridge Police Department put together a flier to distribute to restaurants and businesses throughout town after Town Council member Eric Mamula suggested them as a means to educate the public and try to prevent problems.

The purpose: “To let people know that we think it’s an issue,” Mamula said.