The Pandemic Is Forcing Ski Towns to Rethink Tourism
Jeffrey Bergeron’s phone started ringing at all hours the third week of March, soon after his adopted hometown of Breckenridge, Colorado, shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A native of Brockton, Massachusetts, on Boston’s gritty South Shore, Bergeron moved to Breckenridge in 1975 when he was 20. He’s represented the town’s 5,000 residents as a councilman for more than a decade. Known by his nom de plume, Biff America, the 66-year-old media personality describes himself as “kind of a freak,” which makes him a man of the ski-town people in a way that most elected officials are not.
Breckenridge was founded as a mining town in 1859. It existed for more than a century before a tiny ski resort opened there in 1961 on 12,998-foot Peak 8. Now Breckenridge Ski Resort is among the biggest and busiest in the country, routinely notching more than 1.6 million skier visits as one of the most popular destinations on Vail Resor.... Continue Reading at Outside Online