Eerie is the word I hear so many of my local friends use to describe the way it currently feels in Breckenridge. It’s likely been at least 30 years since the town has been so quiet. Six months ago, if you’d asked me to bet a million dollars that the mayor of Breckenridge would never tell people to pack up and go home the week of Spring Break, I’d have lost it all by taking that bet.
With two-thirds of the homes on Baldy Mountain being second homes, our neighborhood is extremely quiet. The only traffic is from residents occasionally leaving their homes for groceries and a few die-hard locals parking at the Baldy Trailhead to skin up the mountain. With the current regulation banning short-term rentals and the mayor asking that not even second-homeowners be here, it’s easy to tell which homes have year-round residents and which ones are empty.
I’m proud and happy to say that the crime rate is very low in Breckenridge. Historically, the occasional burglaries and vandalism most often occur during our mud season. Many seasonal workers are left without jobs and a few who are uncertain about their next paycheck or move turn to desperate measures to make ends meet. Our community Facebook page typically alerts everyone of where thefts are taking place. In the face of our current nationwide crisis, thousands of our residents are unexpectedly out of jobs. Sadly, it seems the mud season crime spree is beginning a bit early this year. However, the vast majority of our residents are good and kind-hearted people who are looking out for others as well as themselves. I’ve seen countless acts of kindness and concern from our community towards each other. We are of the attitude that this crisis is going to pass quickly, our visitors will return, and our beautiful mountain town home is going to be filled with mountain lovers once again.
If you have a home on or near Baldy Mountain in Breckenridge that needs a welfare check, maintenance, or home-care task of any kind, please consider letting us help you out! There is no contractual obligation or commitment to our service.
If you are not a permanent resident, but care about our community, please consider making a donation to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC). FIRC provides a variety of assistance to workers and residents of our county- the ones our resort community depends on for their contribution to our workforce. If you own property in Summit County, I know you want to see the community stay steady on its feet. We want our visitors back so that the beauty and peace of this incredible place can continue to feed the souls of those who love it.