Breckenridge Bike Week Recap

This past Friday, through the wind and the rain, the US Professional Cycling tour barreled through downtown Breckenridge with thousands of spectators hot on their heels.

While the professionals were busy riding up and down Hoosier Pass, the less- elite of us took in some fun events downtown. One of those events was the Funkadelic Pond Crossing Challenge in the Dredge. A few brave adults and children signed up with their trusty bicycles to cross the pond on a wet 30 foot long plank that was floating on some Styrofoam less than a foot above the frigid water. Expecting some excellent crashes we geared up with a slow motion video camera and got close to the action. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. The riders dressed up, and some stripped down to cross the pond proving that the folks in Breckenridge are always up for an icy challenge.

 

After witnessing the pond crossing we went to Main Street to get a good spot for watching the racers come through town. A total of 115 athletes came through Breckenridge in the late afternoon and after hours of buildup they had passed through our small town within minutes. The racers came so quickly that they were in a blur passing three feet in front of you. Good thing we had that slow motion camera or else we might have completely missed the entire experience.

Overall the pro cycle challenge came and went pretty quick, but the buzz and the activities surrounding the event made it a lot of fun- even for people that don’t know anything about the professional cycling world. It is definitely a highlight of the Summer Breckenridge activities calendar.


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Breckenridge Grand Vacations Bike Week Coloring Contest

 

 

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New Exciting Summer Activities

New for this summer are two exciting activity options in Summit County: Stand Up Paddle Board Tours and Scenic and Historical Photography Tours!

 

 

 

Founded by experienced rafting and surfing guides with decades of combined international experience, Stand Up Paddle Board Colorado will provide an unforgettable experience, whether you are a thrill-seeker or just looking for some meditative relaxation. Participate in a stand up paddle board instructional session on serene Lake Dillon. Here, you will find yourself becoming an expert within minutes and enjoying a relaxing float, all while enjoying views of Buffalo Mountain and the Ten Mile Range. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try a stand up paddle board trip down the Upper Colorado River through some mild rapids! This is a great core and full body workout.

 

 

 

If you are after breath-taking scenery and maybe even wildlife viewing, join international award-winning photographer, Timothy Faust, for a two hour photo tour of Breckenridge. Timothy has photographed for magazines like National Geographic and Outside, and has formal teacher training and experience. Choose a scenic walk for some great views of mountain landscapes, flowers and beautiful outdoor photography opportunities. You can also choose a historic photography walk, highlighting unique town information, where you will have the opportunity to take iconic images of beautiful Breckenridge. Feel free to bring a fancy camera, a point and shoot or even just your phone. Participants with camera phones will be introduced to fun, new photography applications.

To book either of the activities above, please call your Activities Coordinators at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 at 970-453-3359 or the Activities Coordinators at the Grand Timber Lodge at 970-547-3610.


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Owners Only

Like Reward Dollars? Submit photos of your summer activities in Breckenridge with a brief explanation of the photo for a chance to win $25 Reward Dollars! Email your photos to customerservice@breckgv.com, upload them to our Facebook pages or use #BGVSummerFun on Twitter and Instagram to submit your photos! Three winners will be chosen at random and the more photos you submit the more chances you have to win!

Congratulations to last month’s Owners Only winner Dana Kruse and take a look at what other owners have been up to so far this summer in Breckenridge!

“We hiked the Peaks trail and encountered a cow moose. It was awesome, large animal in it's natural habitat. We were about 20 yards away and watched as she ate and mosey down the mountain.”- Scott Sparks

“4th of July Parade and all the festivities.”- Marla Mitchek Talmadge

“Just hanging at peak 7 and enjoying the grotto!” - Angie Verburg

“Riding bikes to Frisco and riding back to Breck with my 60+ year old parents and other members of my family!” - Mary Ann

“Watching a moose have dinner from the Grand Lodge lobby!” - Christy Stanley Bower

“We own at the grand lodge and it has been amazing! We love being able to watch the skiers come down the mountain while we are relaxing in the pool! Also the private movie theaters are so fun every time we come!” - Shawnie Schields

“Girls day for senior pictures!” - Quin Gardner

“Horseback riding at Breckenridge Stables!” - Margaret Kirby Smith Allen

“Hike on trail by 4 o'clock chair. Hidden gem!” - Glenn Webber

“River rafting on the Colorado River.” - Stephanie Watts StJohn

“Day trips at the pool and catching a movie- snuggling with my little guys on the beanbag chairs!” - Nakoma Enochs Garcia

“Drove over bumpy dusty awesome Boreas Pass road to the old Post Office and hiked to the top of the mountain where we could see South Park on one side and Breck on the other with two moms, four kids and one big mountain dog. Wild adventure!” - Jennifer Reynolds

“We loved our week in June. I enjoyed the spa and family time at the theater, pool and s'mores!” - Jeannie Enriquez

“Fourth of July Dumpstphunk concert and seeing all the people dressed in red, white and blue all around town. It was a fun day…..but then again, what's not to like in Breck. Even watching the fireworks from the patio outside of Sevens restaurant with the band playing at someone's wedding reception was special.” - Pam Shepard

“We adore our ‘day trips’ to Breckenridge! Lounge by the pool and BBQ, then a movie, and last, a quiet stroll through town!” - Donnie Lamirande

“Hiking!” - Erin Woodruff

“Pool time & long hikes!” - Becki Chester

“Hiked Quandry last weekend! Met some friendly goats up there.” - Jonathan Woodruff

“Relaxing in the grand lodge on peak 7 pools!” - Hope Klingler Haase

“Seeing the momma fox and her three cubs.” – Robert and Amanda Moody

“We did Stand Up Paddle Colorado's beginner's clinic/lesson -- Tim was an awesome instructor and I can't wait to do more Stand Up Paddle at home. We set up the lesson with the Concierge and the experience was so much more awesome than we thought.” - Launa Chavez

“My favorite thing to do in Breck? Unwind! No alarm clock.” - Ann Baker

“Taking our bikes up and riding some of the gorgeous mountains!” - Carrie Thrasher

“Just being in Gods County. Walked , Shopped , Had good food. Talked to some great people from both Grand Timber and Grand Lodge. Wouldn't want it any other way. May God Bless each and everyone of you for a job well done.” - Richard Fournier

“Hot tubbin'!” - Jodie Lee

“Spending time in the hot tub!” - Jeannie Enriquez

“Enjoying Grand Timber!” - Linda Rollins

“Swim with my daughter, son in law and granddaughter at Grand Timber!” - Sheila Shea

“Our favorite thing to do so far has been fishing at the Breckenridge Reservoir. Beautiful views. Such a fun time with the kids”- Sheryl Vondracek

“It's hard to pin down just ONE thing I did in Breckenridge that was fun.  I hiked up to the Sally Barber Mine, Of course all the shopping. But one very notable thing was: all my students this year were talking about the movie "Frozen". So I watched that in the movie theatre with 2 of my friends at Grand Lodge!!  In those comfy seats and all the surround sound......it was a great way to watch that movie!” - Andrew Salvador

“Recent stay the end of June was relaxing. I took my sister and 83 year old mom summer dog sledding. The folks who work there were knowledgeable about all the dogs (150). The modified golf cart ride pulled by 12 very energetic dogs was awesome. Mosquitoes really enjoyed my presence! Looking forward to visit next September.” - Joann Hernandez
 

 


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View From the Bottom

The View from the Bottom is Mike Millisor’s monthly letter to all of the stakeholders of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts.

A few weeks ago, relaxing on my deck with a glass of wine and a copy of The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, I started feeling philosophical. Hoff’s book has long been a favorite of mine, and I’ve read it several times. He uses the characters from A. A. Milne’s classic children’s story to illustrate tenets of Taoism. I don’t claim to know that much about Taoism, but I think his insights on the characters certainly illustrate a lot about life.

We all know people like Pooh’s friends. Eeyore, of course, worries about everything and misses much of the good that is right in front of him. Owl and Rabbit try to think so thoroughly about everything that they end up simply confused. Tigger, of course, is energetic and much more positive, but in his bouncing from event to event, even he may miss out on the more delicate, nuanced aspects of life.

Then there is Pooh – good ol’ Pooh, who just travels along, taking what comes and making the best of it. He appreciates every good thing in his path – like the occasional unexpected pot of honey – and doesn’t get too upset when things don’t turn out as expected. He always finds a bright side. His manner may be considered unsophisticated by contemporary standards, but he manages to do what he needs to and to surmount any obstacles that appear. Mythical Pooh is more content in the long run than his contemporaries, and possibly more content that many people walking around today. 

Who in your life matches these characters? Which of them is closest to how you live? I suppose we all have some of each somewhere inside. If I had to choose, though, I’d choose to be like Pooh. Pooh inspires me to appreciate life. Maybe that’s why I got into the business of creating resorts that provide owners and guests the opportunity to pull away from the tug of expectations, both positive and negative, to regain Pooh’s equanimity and the ability to appreciate life with all its unpredictable adventures.

It takes all of us, of course, to make the world run. We need the energetic ones and the realistic ones. Still, I can’t help but think that the world would be a more pleasant place with more Poohs. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, today is a new day. No one knows what it will bring, but you and I can welcome it as an adventure and know that we can and will handle any surprises. My hope for you is that today’s surprise is a great big pot of honey.

 


 


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Calendar of Events

Breck Bike Week | August 20 – 24 
Celebrate Breckenridge’s bicycling culture with four days of events geared toward bike enthusiasts of all abilities. Participants can embark on the 240-mile Breck Epic stage race, attend clinics focused on skills and maintenance, view high-end bike demos and more, all while enjoying and exploring the area’s miles of scenic trails. For more details click here.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge | August 22
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, one of the largest cycling events in the nation, returns to Breckenridge for the fourth time on Friday, August 22. Cheer on some of the world’s best professional cyclists during the Stage 5 Finish, watch race coverage on the Jumbotron and enjoy free concerts on the Riverwalk Center lawn. For more details click here.

BGV Strider Challenge | August 22
Before watching the pro riders, cheer on the world’s most adorable “pro” striders! On Friday morning before the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s Stage 5 Finish, watch two to five year olds race down Main Street on pint-sized, pedal-less bikes. Visit www.bgvstriderchallenge.com for details and registration. 

Summit Foundation’s 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race | August 30
A highly-anticipated annual event in its 27th year, the Summit Foundation’s annual Great Rubber Duck Race takes place on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Watch the Blue River turn yellow as thousands of rubber ducks float down in three races throughout the day – the Kids Duck Dash at 1 p.m., Business Battle Race at 2 p.m. and the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race at 3 p.m. Ducks can be purchased online or at various locations throughout Summit County, including the Breckenridge Post Office and City Market, in the days leading up to the race. For more details click here.

39th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival | August 30 – September 1

Ranked as one of the top 200 fine art shows in the United States, the annual Gathering at the Great Divide art show fills the streets at Main Street and Wellington with the work of over 100 artists. Take a stroll and view the many artistic mediums on display, including photography, woodwork, handcrafted jewelry and more. Admission is free and the festival will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday. For more details click here.

20th Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest | September 12 – 14
Strap on your lederhosen, grab a beer stein and get ready for Oktoberfest, one of Breckenridge’s most anticipated community events of the year. Join hundreds of revelers for a weekend-long Main Street party featuring dozens of German food vendors, beer tents serving Paulaner Bier, Bavarian dancers, polka music, children’s activities and more. Kick off the weekend with the Friday evening Brewmaster’s dinner, a multi-course meal of authentic German eats paired with Paulaner’s diverse selection of beer. Other festivities include a keg-tapping ceremony and 5K run. For more details click here.

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival | October 24 – 26
Join distillers from around the nation for a celebration of the finest handcrafted spirits and enjoy Breckenridge’s historic watering holes and saloons at the annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival. The weekend centers around the “Still on the Hill” grand tasting at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday, October 25, where you can sample craft spirits, learn from distillers, enjoy live music and more. For more details click here.

 

 


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Exciting Grand Central Updates!

As of tomorrow, July 11, all online owner-related material that has previously been accessed at gl7owners.com, grandtimberlodge.com and goldpoint.com will be available in one convenient location. The navigation that was previously available on BGVGrandCentral.com has been modified to accommodate these changes.

Please contact Owner Relations at 877.453.4440 or customerservice@breckgv.com if you are having difficulty locating any information.


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Summer Recommended Activities

Looking for something fun and unusual for your July vacation? The Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride and Summer Dogsledding have to be on the list! The Chuck Wagon is an old-fashioned dinner ride that includes a horse-drawn wagon ride, outdoor “cowboy” games, dinner, entertainment and great views of Lake Dillon. Rides are scheduled weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and cost $64 for adults and $45 for kids ages 4-12. Children three and under are free.

Think of Dogsledding as a winter-only activity? Think again! Snow Capps Dogsledding offers a unique summer program as well. Using a specially-modified golf cart, the Snow Capps mushers attach a full team of sled dogs to the cart and it’s off on the Training Run – the very same trails the dogs run in the winter when they are covered in snow! The Training Run is combined with a Yard Tour where you get a chance to meet and interact with the dogs.  Running Monday through Saturday, cost of the Training Run is $55 for adults and $42 for children (minimum age 3 years).

For a little more adventure with Snow Capps , try the Scooter Tour. Two sled dogs are attached to a specially-designed mountain scooter and it’s off to the trails of the Swan River Valley. This tour is not for the faint of heart and requires good physical condition and coordination. Biking experience is a plus. This is a higher risk physical activity and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. Running about an hour and a half, the cost is $75 a person.

Reservations are required for both the Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride and Summer Dogsledding. Call or stop by the Activities Desk to reserve your spots.


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View from the Bottom

The View from the Bottom is Mike Millisor’s monthly letter to all of the stakeholders of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts.

Customer service. Google provides 1.24 billion entries discussing it. Amazon lists 95,851 book titles with that phrase in the title. There is, in fact, so much information out there on providing great customer service that it makes one wonder why there seems to be less and less great service in the marketplace. 

Providing the best in service has been our priority ever since we started, and as part of our program to promote great service, each month we reward outstanding employees for giving exemplary service by hosting an award lunch for them. “Great Vacation Awards” are given to employees who are caught in the act of going above and beyond expectations in creating great vacations for our owners and guests. 

How do we catch them providing great service? We rely on nominations from their co-workers and from feedback received from you, our owners. I am deeply impressed at how many of you take the time to write, email or phone me or one of our managers to express your pleasure at the service you received. I love being able to pass on your positive comments to staff members. It helps them to know that they are doing the right thing and inspires them to keep up the good work. By knowing how we met or even exceeded your needs and expectations, we are better able to anticipate your needs and those of other guests in the future. 

Your comments are an integral element in building and strengthening our culture of service here at Breckenridge Grand Vacations. I am constantly amazed and gratified when I read your feedback and realize that there are four times as many positive as negative comments. That doesn’t mean I only want to see the happy notes; all responses help us to better meet your needs. 

The next time you want to let us know how we are doing, there are couple of ways of giving feedback. For general comments, you can email customerservice@breckgv.com. If you want to recognize an employee for extra special service they provided – and both they and I would love to have you do that – you can use this link to nominate an employee for a Great Vacation Award. Help us help you by being the best we can be.    


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Owners Only

It’s finally summertime! The kids are out of school and the options of things to do are endless. Between the Peak 8 Fun Park, rafting, hiking and biking, there is never enough time in the day to do everything.

We know what activities you all recommended, but the real question is what are you actually doing? For a chance to win $25 Reward Dollars, what has been your favorite thing you have done so far this summer in Breckenridge? Comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, below or email your answers to customerservice@breckgv.com!

Congratulations to last month’s winner Tracie Leafty and take a look at some of the recommended activities to try this summer (there is still plenty of time to do them all)!

"Join a Breck Trek group to hike the mountain trails with the amazing knowledgeable guides."- Dava Brooke Zschau

"My family and I love to do the bike ride Frisco to Copper Mtn, Breck to Frisco and lunch in Frisco, or the best is Vail to Frisco."- Michele Van Soelen Mansanares

"4th of July parade & fireworks! we'll be there!"- Janell Arant Bishop

"A white water rafting trip is always a good choice."-Corey Hopkins

"Hiking, relaxing, just taking it all in. Peaceful."-Michelle Beech Traphagan

"Walk through town and enjoy."-Amber Steinbach

"Horse back and at the end of the day wash the dust down with some cold beverages!"- Marcelo Coscio

"Kick your feet up and drink wine by the fire pit".- Erin Woodruff

"Take a wilderness walk from peak 7 to Frisco you will enjoy Gods county."-Richard Fournier

"Without a doubt, the hike between Breckenridge and Friso. Pack a lunch and take your time - it's enjoyable. My wife and I do it each summer!"- Joe Horky

"Riding the chair lift up and mountain biking down."-Laurie Roshak

"Hiking Fumes Loop trail with the kids."-Laurie Mullen Schultz

"Take one of the guided hikes offered by the resort. Hike Mount Royal. Eat breakfast at the log cabin restaurant in Frisco, the go through the historical buildings/museum across the street. Enjoy a cup of coffee on Starbucks back porch, then go for a stroll along the Blue River."-Doug Prater

"Ride my bicicleta!"- Carrie Thrasher

"We come every summer for the thrill of white water rafting. There is nothing like it. We love the cold water on a warm day and the work we do to get through the water. Nothing compares to this. Our 20's children join us for this vacation every year."- Pam Shepard

"I like kayaking on Dillon Lake personally. But anything in Breck is always very pleasant. Unless it's raining. Also peak to peak trail to Frisco is a nice mountain bike experience."-Kevin Hull

"Mountain Biking and River Rafting!"- Tracie Leafty

The Breckenridge Independence 10k trail run."- Rosa Garcia

"We love the 4th of July activities! Fun parade!"- Donna Bedoya Blondeau

"Every summer we anxiously await our week escape to Breckenridge! One thing that we would recommend everyone do while in town is to visit Mary's Mountain Cookies. Walking the shoppes and strolling the streets with a ginormous cookie in hand cannot possibly be topped! This has become a highly anticipated and exceptionally expected tradition! Enjoy!" -Carl, Angie, KC & Jenni Kinney

"Oktoberfest is a blast! Driving over Boreas Pass to get to it is pretty fun too".- Karl Guernsey

"The art festival on Labor Day weekend is really fun."- Shelby Florio

"There are so many fun things to do in the summer there. We have enjoyed the duck race but I think our favorite thing is to just hang out by the pool and soak up the sun and surrounding beauty"-Sharyl Jonte Loos

"Fly fishing on the Blue"-Kurt Pflock

"Bike or walk trail to Lake Dillon, have a picnic and return to Breckenridge river front to relax and people watch:)"- Sheila Shea

"Sit back relax and enjoy the lodge".- Lupe Jalomo

"Duck races, 4th of July or Oktoberfest."- Stephanie Robb

"Frisco Bbq Festival."-Kelly Boden

"Ice skating at Stephen C West ice arena."-James Larkin

"Horseback ride and twilight dinner!"- Nina Kraus O'Loughlin


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Calendar of Events

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival | July 19 – 20

Spend a weekend enriching your knowledge of all things wine while enjoying live music from a variety of jazz artists at Keystone’s annual Wine and Jazz Festival, held July 19 and 20 at the River Run Village. For more details click here.

 

Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival | July 26

On  Saturday, July 26, over 30 craft brewers including Breckenridge Brewery, Avery Brewing Company, and Boulder Beer will converge on Beaver Run Resort for five hours of beer tasting and free live music. Tickets are available for a presale rate of $27.50 until July 25 and include entrance to the festival and a commemorative tasting cup good for unlimited beer samples at the event. For more details click here.

 

Breck Bike Week | August 20 – 24 

Celebrate Breckenridge’s bicycling culture with four days of events geared toward bike enthusiasts of all abilities. Participants can embark on the 240-mile Breck Epic stage race, attend clinics focused on skills and maintenance, view high-end bike demos and more, all while enjoying and exploring the area’s miles of scenic trails. For more details click here.

 

USA Pro Cycling Challenge | August 22

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, one of the largest cycling events in the nation, returns to Breckenridge for the fourth time on Friday, August 22. Cheer on some of the world’s best professional cyclists during the Stage 5 Finish, watch race coverage on the Jumbotron and enjoy free concerts on the Riverwalk Center lawn. For more details click here.

 

BGV Strider Challenge | August 22

Before watching the pro riders, cheer on the world’s most adorable “pro” striders! On Friday morning before the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s Stage 5 Finish, watch two to five year olds race down Main Street on pint-sized, pedal-less bikes. More details to come!

 

Summit Foundation’s 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race | August 30

A highly-anticipated annual event in its 27th year, the Summit Foundation’s annual Great Rubber Duck Race takes place on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Watch the Blue River turn yellow as thousands of rubber ducks float down in three races throughout the day – the Kids Duck Dash at 1 p.m., Business Battle Race at 2 p.m. and the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race at 3 p.m. Ducks can be purchased online or at various locations throughout Summit County, including the Breckenridge Post Office and City Market, in the days leading up to the race. For more details click here.

 

39th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival | August 30 – September 1

Ranked as one of the top 200 fine art shows in the United States, the annual Gathering at the Great Divide art show fills the streets at Main Street and Wellington with the work of over 100 artists. Take a stroll and view the many artistic mediums on display, including photography, woodwork, handcrafted jewelry and more. Admission is free and the festival will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday. For more details click here.

 

20th Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest | September 12 – 14

Strap on your lederhosen, grab a beer stein and get ready for Oktoberfest, one of Breckenridge’s most anticipated community events of the year. Join hundreds of revelers for a weekend-long Main Street party featuring dozens of German food vendors, beer tents serving Paulaner Bier, Bavarian dancers, polka music, children’s activities and more. Kick off the weekend with the Friday evening Brewmaster’s dinner, a multi-course meal of authentic German eats paired with Paulaner’s diverse selection of beer. Other festivities include a keg-tapping ceremony and 5K run. For more details click here.

 

 


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Employees Respond: What is your favorite Summit County day hike?

With the snow almost gone in Breckenridge, here are some great hikes to check out the next time you are in town!  

One of my favorite trails to hike is the Ptarmigan trail right off  I-70. It is a great trail to hike in the morning or the evening.  It starts off very steep, but rewards you with breathtaking views of Lake Dillon. http://www.summitcountyexplorer.com/HIKES/Ptarmigan%20Trail%20-%20Hiking%20Trail.htm
Kristen Colley, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Interval International Lead

I just did most of McCullough Gulch. Lots of families on the trail either going up or heading back down, but there is still a lot of snow out there in some places towards the waterfalls.
Sarah Beckman, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Support Specialist HOA Accounting Lead

My favorite day hike in Breckenridge is definitely McCullough Gulch. The trailhead is an easy drive just south of town and the hike offers great views and a rewarding high alpine lake when you reach the top. This is a must do for any hikers visiting Breckenridge or anyone looking to get outdoors to enjoy and afternoon!
Rick Tramontana, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Owner Relations

My favorite hike is McCullough Gulch just outside of Breck in Blue River. IT is not a super easy hike, but once you get to the lake at the top it makes it all worth it!
Katy Jarzab, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Vacation Rentals Specialist

I love hiking "Jacks Cruel Joke."  It is a nice short hike above carter park with great views of the town and ten mile range.
Eli Yoder, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Vacation New Owner and BGV Club Contact

My favorite day hike is Horseshoe Gulch, to Colorado Trail, to Blair Witch.
James Cummons, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Senior Owner Support Specialist & Interval International Liaison

One of my favorite hikes is actually in the Mount Massive area near Leadville. Hiking up to Rainbow Lakes in July is beautiful if you like to see wildflowers and in June you can find wild strawberries!
Jessica Young, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Support Specialist

North 10 Mile Trail just off I 70 heading into the Gore Range.
Chris Hildebrand, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Support Specialist

Climb North Star Mountain up to the lake, hangout, read and watch for animals!  You can access the trail from the top of Hoosier Pass, just outside Breckenridge.  
Dale Holland, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Special Projects Manager

I love Sally Barber Mine; it's not a terribly difficult hike and the views are amazing! Once at the top, there's also old mine ruins. Pretty cool!
Katy Bath, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Support Specialist

One of my favorites is Upper Boulder Lakes hike just outside Silverthorne, CO. Check out the trail link at http://www.protrails.com/trails/view/378
Brittany Klaassen, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Communication Specialist 

I like the Boulder Lakes hike from Rock Creek Trailhead.
Andy Beeson, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Guest Member Broker

Two of my favorite day hikes are Mohawk Lakes and McCullough Gulch.
Caitlin McQuade, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Senior Owner Support Specialist & Interval International Liaison

My favorite day hike in Summit County is Mohawk Lakes!
Laura Hosfeld, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Human Resource Assistant

Mohawk Lakes are a lot of fun for people of all skill levels.  There is a relatively short hike to the lower lake, and you can make it as long as you want with a few more lakes up above it.  Great views and a huge waterfall to look at on the way!
Robert Ehlert, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Vacations Rental Department Manager

My favorite hike is about a half a mile east of the Breckenridge golf course up Tiger Road, the trail head hides by a little pond that they use to dredge for gold that would be to your left. The trail is pretty mellow and quite beautiful, you have full views of the 10 mile range and you start out by walking through a small valley/ meadow filled with wildflowers. After about 30 minutes or so it turns into more mountainous terrain and a bit more woods-ie. Still extremely beautiful if you take the entire trial there is a fork in the trail that will take you either to Keystone or down to Summit Cove. This trail is great for hiking, biking and snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter.
Mara Sobeck, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Vacation Rentals Specialist

Well I don’t get out much, but the one hike I have gone on in Breck was the carter park trail where you take the stairs up into the little forested area and then can make a loop through a neighborhood. Good house watching.
Stephanie Hummel, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Support Specialist

The Peaks Trail from Breckenridge to Frisco followed by a drink on the deck at The Boatyard is my favorite!  
Melany Arnot, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Marketing Guest Services Manager
 

 

 


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6th ANNUAL BGV “Adopt-A-Trail” Projects! COME JOIN US!

We invite you to join Breckenridge Grand Vacations staff members for our 6th Annual Peaks Trail Maintenance Project. Working with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, each year BGV “adopts” the section of the magnificent Peaks Trail that starts just behind Grand Lodge on Peak 7. We have set aside four days this summer to put invest some muscle and sweat into ensuring that it is a great resource for our owners, guests and employees for years to come. We like to think of it as recreation for a cause.

BGV staff members will serve as trained crew leaders for the projects, with on-site supervision by FDRD staff.  The four days this summer for work on the trail are:

  • Wednesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 19
  • Saturday, July 26
  • Sunday, July 27 

Each work day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a cookout following the day’s work to celebrate a day well spent. You may join us for as many or as few of the work days as you want, and for all or part of the day, depending on your schedule.

The work will vary enough in type and intensity so that there will be something that everyone can do. Volunteers must be at least 5 years of age, and we will have special tasks prepared especially for the youngsters.

If you would like to spend an overnight or two in Breckenridge while you participate in the trail maintenance, our Reservations staff will be happy to help you. Call them at 877-453-4440.

It is helpful if you can sign up in advance, so that we’ll know how many to plan for.  CAlYou can find a project fact sheet as well as registration link on the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District website at www.fdrd.org.  Just click on the “Volunteer Here” button, find the date you want to work, and complete the minimal information.

If you would like more information before you commit your time, please contact Kaira Adam at 970-547-4008 or kadam@breckenridgegrandvacations.com.

We hope to see you on the mountain!


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Kickoff to Summer: Town Events in June

If you have ever been to Breckenridge, you know that any reason to have fun the town will take in full advantage of. There’s also no better time to do so then Summer! Breckenridge is jam packed with events, get-togethers, music, and parades. While the people are antsy waiting for trails to dry and the rivers to begin raging, keeping busy is easy. Here are some great events to attend if you’re looking for a fun start and taste of what’s to come for the summer season in Breck!

  1. Opening of the Breckenridge Fun Park: June 13

    The Breckenridge Fun Park opens with a variety of activities for kids and adults alike at the base of Peak 8. Hop on the free gondola, check out the sites on the way up and maybe see a bear or moose! Once at the top enjoy all that the Fun Park has to offer. Get your hearts racing on the Gold Runner Coaster, Alpine Super Slide, Ten-Mile Flyer Zipline, Rockpile Climbing Wall, or the Super Bungee Trampoline. For those looking for something a little more low-key check out the Super Putt Mini Golf, Scenic Chairlift Ride, Gemstone Panning, or Mineshaft Maze. Lots to see, lots to do--better get started early to fit it all in! (Ticket prices and hours of operation do vary).

  2. Town Party: June 13

    Come one, come all! Gather at the Riverwalk Center for food, beer, music, and the official town photo. This is an especially great celebration for the locals who’ve put in long, hard hours during the winter season; a chance to reconnect with friends and welcome summer. Not a local, not a problem--the more the merrier! Enjoy meeting new people, jamming to music from the Wheeler Brothers, grubbing down and good old fashioned partying! After all, it is what Breckenridge does best.

  3. The Outhouse Races:June 15

    If you’re in for gut-busting laughter, this is the event to check out! Stand along the side lines with other curious onlookers. Feel free to be a-hootin’ and a-hollerin’ as teams from Breckenridge and beyond, race through downtown on mobile porcelain thrones. Creativity is key, as outhouses are homemade with an assortment of supplies and ideas. Bring your dad along and enjoy this town tradition of portable john’s being pushed or pulled over the finish line on Father’s Day.

With a kickoff to summer like this, one can just imagine all the fun that’s to be had through the rest of the season. So many events to attend and celebrations to be had; Breckenridge is the place to be for summer!

by Katy Bath

 


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View from the Bottom

The View from the Bottom is Mike Millisor’s monthly letter to all of the stakeholders of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts.

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about the high school graduation of my oldest son, Nick.  Here we are two years later and my younger son, Luke, is about to graduate and Nick already has two years of college under his belt.

I’m sure that many of you have also found yourselves in the whirlwind of celebrating a loved one’s graduation from school, or sending a child off to college or into the military. Standing with my son at this important threshold, I can’t help but look behind us as well as ahead of us. 

I can only imagine the adventures he will have as he takes steps to build the life of his dreams.  I can, however, look back at the many memories we share with much more clarity.  As I do, I find that many of the memories that stand out are of vacations we took together.  Not surprisingly, travel has always been a high priority for me. I have done my best to pass on to my sons a sense of the value of experiencing other places and other cultures, of balancing a focus on work with an appreciation of relaxing with friends and family. 

The more our lives change, the more memories matter.  Memories are a context for the hope and excitement that we bring to life’s unexpected alterations.  That is the most significant satisfaction I find in the work I do to create great vacations, to help all of our owners and guests to build their own wonderful memories.  I am so pleased that you have chosen to partner with Breckenridge Grand Vacations in providing your family with the kinds of memories that will shape them as they move out into the challenge of building a life.

While I’m being reflective, I want to thank the many of you who take time to respond to these little articles each month.  I do try to respond to most of these, but if you ask us a question I promise that you will get a response. If not from me then it will be from an employee who can answer it better than I could. I hope you all know that even if you don’t hear back from me, I read each one, appreciate each one, and take all of your comments to heart as I continue to work to make your vacation experiences better and better.

Mike Millisor
GreatVacations@breckenridgegrandvacations.com


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Owners Only

Snow is melting, the sun is out and flowers are starting to bloom! Summer has finally made its debut in Breckenridge. It is time to dust off the hiking boots, tune the bike and go get some new fishing lures.

With so many options of activities to do in Breckenridge, we want to know what you would recommend. For a chance to win $25 Reward Dollars, what summer activity would you recommend for other owners to do in Breckenridge?

Comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, below or email your answers to customerservice@breckgv.com!

 

Congratulations to last month’s winner LeeAnne Lind! Take a look at some of the funniest/favorite memories that other owners had at their home resort!

“Setting off the smoke alarm while making dinner.”- Michelle Bechtel Normandin

“My three boys all laying down in a poolside chair in a foot of snow in May!” -Lindsay Slovek

“Preparing s'mores with my 2 year-old daughter for the first time!”-Jonathan Woodruff

When I signed up for the winter hot chocolate activity and it was myself and a bunch of 5 year olds. I quickly realized these events are geared towards the little ones, but I walked out with a pretty cool mug!”-Samantha Thu

“My son and I were playing in the snow and I pushed him unexpectedly (cheap shot I know) when we were done and getting up. He fell face-forward into fresh powder, perfect body print, got up with a snow face. Needless to say, I owed him after that but we all laughed!”-Zea Flores

Years back when the lodge was still under construction, we attempted to "ski in" our own way. We ended up at one of the rock retaining walls and had to jump down with our skis on to get into the lodge property - all the while laughing at how our short cut was indeed a long cut!”-Wendy Jones

“My daughter walked out to the central courtyard and there, not 10 feet away, was a fox. Her presence didn't seem to bother him. YOLO.”-Brandt Karstens

“When our snowman started to melt and fall over - not sure if he lasted much longer after we left! He's the headless one on the right. And yes, the one on the left is using the outdoor facilities!”-Christine Jahrsdoerfer

“My husband giving my 63 year-old brother-in-law a ride down the hallway on the luggage cart (as BIL sang 'She'll be coming around the mountain') after a fun day at the Oktoberfest! We laughed til we cried!”- LeeAnne Lind

“Returning to our room after an afternoon of skiing that finding a note saying ‘we have your dog at the front desk.’ He had managed to pull down the door handle and pull the door inward to gain access to the hallway. The staff took great care of the roaming Crockett for us!”- John Nutter

“Playing with our 3-year-old grandson in the baby pool. He had such fun, but staunchly resisted going into the big pool, even with water wings.”- June Skinner

“Our favorite part was having our dogs stay with us! It's like we never left home!”- Emily Azcarraga

“Graduation day at the top of Peak 9 when my girlfriend and her daughter conquered their first blue run! Since that day, they have never looked back at a green....wildly proud of them both!”-Jeff Schafer

My wife, two sons and I from Florida had the best time grilling on the gas grills at the resort, wife and I drinking margaritas while soaking on the hot-tub while it was snowing. There was about 6 inches of snow on the tables and we had the best time. My first time in the snow. 43 years old. I have pictures at home of this experience. Priceless!”-Mark McFeely

“One Saturday in November  2013, Janet and I booked Day Use at GTL for hot tub and locker room use after an AWSOME day of snowshoeing up Sawmill Creek and around Sawmill Lake and the ski area. It was a typically beautiful Breckenridge day with huge billows of clouds set against that baby blue sunlit sky. We'd stopped to look for beavers along Sawmill Creek and hiked past the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, taking time to watch the snowmaking operations in progress here and there. After several hours, we found ourselves back at the car in GTL's HEATED garage removing our winter gear as we prepared to enjoy a picnic lunch in the Great Room.  I cracked open a beer, then brought out the cheese and crackers, and before long, we had spread the picnic on a blanket on the garage floor, warming up and looking at the pictures we had taken on our cell phones. Guess you can say that we've enjoyed ALL of the amenities at GTL!”-Larry Giddings

“Seeing the moose just down the trail from the ski lockers.”-Tom Bolkcom

"Best memory this year in May '14 was being there during the 'mud' season when you 'own' Breckenridge. Every place may not be open, but you rule when it comes to having God's country and Grand Timber to yourself...quiet, relaxing and every moment is your own. Great place to wind down for certain!"-Phil and Diane Wagner


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Calendar of Events

Summer Music at the Riverwalk Center | June – August

An award-winning performing arts facility, the Riverwalk Center is an important anchor of the Breckenridge Arts District and home to both the National Repertory Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. Enjoy classical, rock, jazz and many other musical performances at this iconic venue throughout the summer.

http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/index.aspx?page=188

Peak 8 Fun Park | June 13 – September 14

Even when it’s not snow-covered, the mountain is a favorite place to play for locals and visitors alike. From mid-June to early September, Peak 8 is transformed into a fun park full of activities the whole family can enjoy, including the Gold Runner Coaster and Alpine SuperSlide, mini golf, a rock climbing wall, Segway tours and Colorado’s largest human maze. Open daily from June 13 to September 1, then Fridays through Sundays until September 14.

http://www.breckenridge.com/info/summer.aspx

Ride the Rockies | June 12

The annual Denver Post “Ride the Rockies” bike tour brings 2,000 cyclists through Breckenridge on Day 5 of its six day route through many of Colorado’s iconic mountain towns. http://ridetherockies.com/

Frisco BBQ Challenge | June 12 – 14

In its 21st year, the always-anticipated Colorado BBQ Challenge comes to nearby Frisco Thursday, June 12 through Saturday, June 14. Around 70 barbecue connoisseurs will compete for the Grand Champion title in a variety of categories, from ribs to sauce to dessert. Enjoy heaping plates of barbecue, chef demonstrations, pig races, live music and more!

http://www.townoffrisco.com/events/bbq-challenge/

Kingdom Days | June 14 – 15

Celebrate Breckenridge’s colorful history with a weekend dedicated to honoring the town’s mining past. Cheer on competitors at the annual Outhouse Races, visit the historic Barney Ford and Edwin Carter museums, tour the town’s many mining-era saloons, pan for gold at Lomax Gulch and much more. http://www.gobreck.com/events/kingdom-days

Keystone Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour | June 21 – 22 

What better way to spend a weekend than at a festival dedicated to all things bacon?! At the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour’s annual stop in Keystone, attendees can attend bacon education lectures, enjoy free live music and gorge on a variety of bacon-inspired cuisine. Don’t miss out on a visit to Colorado’s biggest bacon bloody mary bar! http://www.keystonefestivals.com/index.php/bacon-tour/

Breckenridge Fourth of July Celebration | July 4

Breckenridge’s Fourth of July celebration includes something fun for everyone, beginning with the Independence Day 10K trail run and Firecracker 50 mountain bike race. At 10 a.m., watch as Main Street turns red, white and blue during the annual parade. Spend the afternoon and evening lounging on the Riverwalk Center lawn and enjoying free live music, including the National Repertory Orchestra’s yearly Patriotic Concert. Weather pending, the day ends with a spectacular firework show over Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peaks 8 and 9. http://www.gobreck.com/events/fourth-july

Breckenridge July Art Festival | July 4 – 6

Ranked as one of the top 25 art fairs in the United States, the Breckenridge July Art Festival returns to Main Street Station for three days over Fourth of July weekend. Over 100 artists will showcase their work from a variety of mediums, including ceramics, woodwork, sculpture, jewelry and more. http://www.mountainartfestivals.com/breck_art_festival.php

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival | July 19 – 20

Spend a weekend enriching your knowledge of all things wine while enjoying live music from a variety of jazz artists at Keystone’s annual Wine and Jazz Festival, held July 19 and 20 at the River Run Village. More details to come! http://www.keystonefestivals.com/index.php/wine-jazz/

Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival | July 26

On  Saturday, July 26, over 30 craft brewers including Breckenridge Brewery, Avery Brewing Company, and Boulder Beer will converge on Beaver Run Resort for five hours of beer tasting and free live music. Tickets are available for a presale rate of $27.50 until July 25 and include entrance to the festival and a commemorative tasting cup good for unlimited beer samples at the event. http://alwaysmountaintime.com/radiate/events/breckenridge-summer-beer-festival/

Breck Bike Week | August 20 – 24 

Celebrate Breckenridge’s bicycling culture with four days of events geared toward bike enthusiasts of all abilities. Participants can embark on the 240-mile Breck Epic stage race, attend clinics focused on skills and maintenance, view high-end bike demos and more, all while enjoying and exploring the area’s miles of scenic trails. http://www.breckbikeweek.com/

USA Pro Cycling Challenge | August 22

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, one of the largest cycling events in the nation, returns to Breckenridge for the fourth time on Friday, August 22. Cheer on some of the world’s best professional cyclists during the Stage 5 Finish, watch race coverage on the Jumbotron and enjoy free concerts on the Riverwalk Center lawn. http://www.gobreck.com/events/community-events/usa-pro-cycling-challenge

BGV Strider Challenge | August 22

Before watching the pro riders, cheer on the world’s most adorable “pro” striders! On Friday morning before the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s Stage 5 Finish, watch two to five year olds race down Main Street on pint-sized, pedal-less bikes. More details to come!

Summit Foundation’s 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race | August 30

A highly-anticipated annual event in its 27th year, the Summit Foundation’s annual Great Rubber Duck Race takes place on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Watch the Blue River turn yellow as thousands of rubber ducks float down in three races throughout the day – the Kids Duck Dash at 1 p.m., Business Battle Race at 2 p.m. and the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race at 3 p.m. Ducks can be purchased online or at various locations throughout Summit County, including the Breckenridge Post Office and City Market, in the days leading up to the race. http://www.summitfoundation.org/?page_id=81

39th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival | August 30 – September 1

Ranked as one of the top 200 fine art shows in the United States, the annual Gathering at the Great Divide art show fills the streets at Main Street and Wellington with the work of over 100 artists. Take a stroll and view the many artistic mediums on display, including photography, woodwork, handcrafted jewelry and more. Admission is free and the festival will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday. http://www.mountainartfestivals.com/great_divide.php

 


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KODI Rafting

Come out and book an experience of a lifetime! KODI Rafting won the Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor for 2013 and we know their highly qualified staff will take you out and give you an experience you won’t soon forget.

 KODI offers 30 different excursions on six different Colorado rivers; some of which are:

  • Brown’s Canyon full or ½ day

  • Numbers full or ½ day

  • Blue River

  • Clear Creek ½ day

  • Upper Colorado full or ½ day

  • Saddle Paddle

  • Two hour happy hour on Ten Mile Creek

Some trips include lunch and transportation as well. Call your Activities Coordinators for more information and to book an adventure of a lifetime with KODI!

Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Activities Coordinators: 970-453-3359
Grand Timber Lodge & Gold Point Activities Coordinators: 970-547-3610


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7 Things to do in Breckenridge this weekend

The weekend is here and it’s time to play! While some think that spring is our slow season don’t be fooled. There are still plenty of things to do in this beautiful place we call Summit County.

  1. Have a beach party at A-Basin! “The Beach” at A-Basin backs up to three lower lifts and is the perfect spot to hangout and grill with family and friends. There are 10 spots available for reservations and the rest are first-come, first-served. For more information click here.

  2. Participate in town clean up day! From 9:00-12:00pm you can help give back and make Breckenridge the place you want to vacation in. Volunteers will receive bags, gloves and a spot to help clean. After all your hard work you will be rewarded with a BBQ lunch, live music and some giveaways. For more information click here.

  3. Get on the river! With all the fantastic snow we received the rivers are running and ready to be rafted. There are multitudes of rafting trips you can book and some that even come with transportation included. This is a great activity for all ages. For more information click here.

  4. Get in the woods! Due to all the snowfall, snowshoeing is also a great weekend activity. For a small fee (around $20) snowshoes can be rented and the mountains can be explored. There are tons of hiking trails that are still in great condition for snowshoeing and your furry friends are welcome to join.

  5. Get back in the woods! If hiking isn’t your thing then how about some biking! Rent or bring your fat tire bike to explore the Breckenridge backcountry. Some great trails are Peaks Trail, Flumes, Sally Barber and of course there are many more.

  6. Eat! Take advantage of the Breckenridge Dining Passport and enjoy some fantastic dining for great rates. For a $10 donation you will easily make your money back using one of the deals in the Passport. For more information click here.

  7. Drink! After a long day of activities it’s time for a little Après-raft-bike-hike-ski! Head over to Blue River Bistro for their two for one martini deals, make your way to Briar Rose for their two for ones or go have a delicious beer at Après Handcrafter Libations. All are open and ready to pour you a drink!   


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