8 Finalists Selected for the Eight Grand Moments Essay Contest

As many of you know we here at Breckenridge Grand Vacations are celebrating the launch of our newest luxury Timeshare Development and also passing twenty thousand owners in the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Family!

We recently held the “8 Grand Moments” Essay Contest where we invited you to share a story about a time spent in Breckenridge that is a “Grand Moment.” Well the contest is over and we received over 290 entries! It has been an amazing experience reading each of these essays.

There were so many well written heart touching essays that it has been an incredible challenge to choose even just eight essays as finalists. Read the eight heartfelt essays below. We will be announcing the winner this Friday so check back to see who will win the Grand Prize of eight thousand rewards.  Enjoy!

Michelle Rozales, Texas

Michelle Rozales, Texas

Being a Colorado native, my family and I have been making great memories in Breckenridge for years. My best memory, by far, however, is how I met my husband, Bruce, and how Breckenridge played a huge role in our meeting, and our wedding day. January 2012: as a new Grand Lodge on Peak 7 owner, I was in Breck enjoying my week on the slopes. On Wed. morning of that week, I grabbed the Independence SuperChair, via the singles lane. It was not crowded, and the gentleman behind me in the singles lane asked if he could ride up on the same chair. "Absolutely", I answered, and we enjoyed a nice conversation, and then went our separate ways at the top. The next morning, I started out on Independence again (ski in, ski out access is awesome, BTW). In the singles lane again, no crowd, and again, someone asks to join me on the same chair. I recognized the gentleman from the day before! We laughed at the coincidence, shared more great conversation, and went our separate ways at the top. Awhile later, again on Independence, via the singles lane, and we meet for a third time! What are the chances? In my near lifetime of skiing, I can't recall meeting the same person on the chairlift more than once, let alone three times!

By this point we had introduced ourselves, and once at the top, Bruce asked if I would like to join him for lunch and skiing. Not expecting his invitation, I was a bit taken aback and fell silent for a moment. He apologized for offending me, and quickly skied away. At first I thought, "There he goes", but something inside said "Don't let that man get away!" I quickly strapped on my poles and chased him down to the Rocky Mountain SuperChair, where I skied up behind him (he was looking over his shoulder) and, with a big smile, said "Hello, again!" We spent the remainder of the week skiing together, and clearly hit it off. Bruce is from MN, and I live in TX.

At the conclusion of the week, it was painful going our separate ways, but we kept in touch, via phone, text, email, another ski week in Breck, and a couple of long weekend trips together. By Apr. of that year, Bruce had relocated to TX, and in Dec. we were engaged. Because Breckenridge is where we met, we decided to have our wedding there.

On June 18, 2013, we were married at the top of the Independence SuperChair, with our families present. Breckenridge resort personnel played a huge role in the day going smoothly, from getting everyone to Peak 7 via 4x4, to the "Just Married" sign on our chair as we rode down the Colorado SuperChair. As added sentiment, we both wear the Breckenridge rings for our wedding bands. Breckenridge has always been a special place for us, we cherish our Grand Breck memory, and look forward to making more wonderful memories in Breckenridge.
 

Bonnie Garcia, ColoradoBonnie Garcia, Colorado

First we are very Blessed to have an ownership with Grand Timber. We have been blessed with six kids and were never able to take them on vacations. The weekend we went up to do the tour was like a vacation.

We all fell in love with Breckenridge .We were not sure we could afford it at the time and our son Joshua said "Mom get it I will help pay for it" 20years old at the time he was thinking of the quality time we could all spend together and build treasured memories. Well needless to say we purchased in August of 2006. Our first scheduled time to spend up there was October of 2007 and we were all very excited about it.

Well unfortunately we had to cancel this time as Joshua was admitted to the hospital on Sept 10th of 2007 and passed away October 8th 2007. At times it became hard to keep our ownership I would remember how much Joshua wanted it for his family. So our ownership is in Memory of Joshua,

We take his picture along each time and he is with us building memories we will treasure with our kids and grandkids. Blessings Bonnie and Family of Joshua Garcia

Diane Megson, Colorado

I type this letter with full honesty regarding how we encountered our first and foremost grandest moment in Breck. Each time I recollect this timeframe, tears come to my eyes, but we have told the story so many times, it has become a grand memory.

Two years ago upon vacationing in the mountains, I received untimely sad news of my father's passing. We were guests at Grand Timber Lodge, and had committed to a presentation at GP7. So as not to cut my family's vacation short, and forfeit our commitment to GP7, we stayed our three nights and went to the presentation. After all, I thought, we would have been charged a larger fee had we left without filling our obligation. Both my husband and I agreed beforehand that we were not interested in acquiring another timeshare. We had a plan! We both agreed we were going to the presentation saying we were not skiers, didn't like to swim, never hike, you name it ... anything to get us in and out quickly so I could be on my way to my dad’s funeral in Canada. We had it all planned out, so I thought.

While my mind was busy with other thoughts and spinning from the sad news, I admit I paid no attention whatsoever at the presentation. To this day all I remember is the fast talking sales person, and the moment my husband turned to me and said "this sounds pretty good". My mouth must have dropped to the floor, as the sales person politely excused himself. Just the two of us, in the office, I said to my husband "I haven't heard one word Brad has said". My husband then somehow convinced me that this would be a grand idea, come up to Breckenridge and enjoy this beautiful resort. Ski, swim, hike (yes, all the things we claimed we didn't do). As I signed the documents and was pleased that my husband was happy with his purchase, my head was spinning, and I do mean spinning.

When we left Breckenridge I then headed back to Canada to attend my dad’s funeral. Looking back 2 years ago, I truly believe it was one of the grandest decisions we ever made. Each and every time we visit Breckenridge; I can't help but remember the day that got us to this point. Although a sad time frame in my life back then, it came to be THE MOST GRAND MEMORABLE time in my life. I'm happy to type this letter, it brings happy tears today and I know each and every time we visit Breck we will create more grand moments with dad/grandpa watching over us. Know how important it is to me each and every time we come. Grand moments await us all. Thank you

Anita Kumar-Gill, Colorado

My most memorable visit to Breck happened in October when my family was visiting Grand Lodge Peak 7. We were sitting on a table near the inside pool. It was chilly outside, but no snow. There was a sweet girl with many tubes running in and out of her body. I said hello to her parents and they began to talk. They explained that their daughter had a terminal illness, and they were visiting GLP7 through the Make-A-Wish foundation.

They were from a very warm region and the girl wanted to see snow. I had this warm feeling of loving kindness towards this family since this was the something that made me proud of being an owner. As we continued to chat, snowflakes began to fall outside. Just recalling this moment gives me chills up my spine, since it was truly a perfect moment. I will always remember this little girl fondly.

Kevin Ferguson, ColoradoKevin Ferguson, Colorado

I woke up anxious, nervous, but mostly excited. I scurried to get dressed and walk out onto our patio at the Grand Timber Lodge. The morning of August 13, 2012, was a gray, gloomy morning. I was a little discouraged because I knew that somehow my plan just wasn't going to go how I had envisioned. Nonetheless, my time with my family, and girlfriend Taryn, would still be very memorable.

We decided upon doing what one would call a "couples day," I had thought about this day for a very long time and had spent countless hours planning and preparing for what this day needed to look like. The plan for us was to go hiking and take in all the beautiful scenery that Breckenridge has to offer. We gathered our things and took off for the day headed to the parking lot to catch the gondolas up to the Peak 8 fun park. With fun in mind we decided to continue what we had planned to do.

We bought chairlift tickets to ride up to the summit. My nervousness and excitement blinded me from what the weather would be like at the peak. Carrying on we took our tickets and climbed aboard the chair lift, destined for the gray and gloom. The further up we went the colder and gloomier the day got. We had finally reached the peak where we decided to still get off and walk around for a bit. The mud puddles were endless and we hopped around trying to see if there was any place for us to go.

Finally we went to the ski lodge at the top of the mountain to try and seek some shelter and find a restroom. We walked around the building a couple of times trying to figure out how to get in. Finally we made it inside and trekked through the closed restaurant to the basement where the restrooms were. After spending a few minutes warming up our frozen bones we decided it would probably be a good idea for us to head back considering the clouds were not letting up and neither was the rain.

We climbed back on the chairlift and headed down the mountain taking in all the beauty, slightly distracted by the cold and the rain. We made it back to the peak 8 fun park after what had felt like the longest chairlift ride of our lives. Cold and wet we decided we should probably just head back down the mountain to the parking lot so we could go a get a fresh change of clothes. Little did Taryn know what was going to happen in the gondola ride down. Anxious and shaking, well maybe shivering, we climbed aboard the gondola and headed for the base. As we glided peacefully through the mountain and trees all I could think to myself was that I needed to hurry up. Taryn looked at me and said, "I am wet, cold, and my hair is so messy." I looked back at her and smiled, paused for a moment, then said, "Babe, you are so beautiful." I reached into my pocket to grasp the most life changing

 band I would ever touch. I pulled out the engagement ring and held it tightly in my hand. With the parking lot in sight after the final hill I decided it was now or never.

 

I looked over at Taryn and said, "Taryn, I love you. Will you marry me?" With the most blank stare back at me, and quickest response she said, "Are you serious?" After my heart had stopped and then regained its rhythm I said, "Yes I am." Taryn's blank face left and she smiled saying, "OF COURSE!"

Marc Gavidi, FloridaMarc Gavidi, Florida

I have been coming to Breck for many many years. I just love Breckenridge!!! Everything about it. The mountain, town, villages, restaurants, people etc. I still go there 2-3 times every year. But now I come with my wife (of almost 2 years) Shannon. When we first started dating I found out she liked Breck also and had been there once or twice. So that was something we had in common right away.

Fast forward to January 2012. Myself, Shannon, family and friends all got together and went to Breck for annual snowboarding trip. One of the beautiful nights that we were there, (1/12/12), I reserved the horse and sled that goes up the mountain on Peak 9. I secretly talked to the driver and told him what I was up to and he agreed to do it. When we got to his turn around spot he stopped and said for all to get off cause horses needed to rest because of cold conditions. It was lightly snowing, some stars were shinning and the moon was glowing behind the clouds. He turned on his bright front lights, my family and friends were milling around casually and Shannon and I went to the front by the horses and she started petting them (cause she is originally from Texas and that is just what they do). As she was petting them and talking to them I quietly walked a little ways behind her (our family and friends were also getting in position to take pics and video), I got down on one knee, got the ring out and ready and said "Shannon", she turned around, saw me in that position, (she was totally surprised) then I asked "will you marry me?" Her mouth was hanging open but no words were coming out. So I asked a little louder "will you marry me?" she said emphatically "YES YES I will".

Everybody cheered, I put the ring on her finger (it fit perfect but that is another story) and I yelled down the mountain "SHE SAID YES" (it echoed). We were all teary eyed and very happy. The beautiful moon eventually came out from behind the clouds and put a seal of approval on our wonderful night.

None of us will ever forget that night at Breckenridge.

Thank you.

Nancy Maule, Colorado

My husband and I bought our week at GL7 before it opened. That first winter my brother and his family, from Florida, starting joining us for their spring breaks. One of their boys, Ryan, now 12 years old, has an incurable but manageable bone disease and has endured 8 surgeries. The staff at Grand Lodge at Peak 7 has been through some of it with us. They have been so incredibly kind, supportive and accommodating to things like wheel chair needs and basically just putting up with us! The amenities at GL7 have made the spring breaks when Ryan was not able to snowboard, or walk for that matter, bearable. From the luxurious bathtub to the hot tubs and movie theatres, these are all things that have aided in his physical and emotional therapy (and his parents!)

Of course my brother and sister in law have also been owners for several years! We consider the BGV staff family during the winter and that is the best memory one can have, just spending time with family!

Thanks for such amazing vacations and for us living here in Colorado..bring on the snow!!!

Included is a photo of Ryan, finally on his snowboard this year!

Elizabeth Rising, Florida

When my nephew was 10 years old his mother, my sister, died in a car accident. Because of this and other events we were estranged from my nephew for 25 years. In that time my daughter moved to Denver and we found out that my nephew, his wife and 2 little girls lived in the Denver area as well. I asked my daughter to reach out to them. It took 3 years of her friendship before we reconnected with his family.

My "grandest" moment during our visit to Breckenridge, and one of my grandest moments in my life, was to ski with my nephew and his family for the first time since teaching my nephew to ski when he was a young teenager. I kept thinking as I skied with his 5 and 7 year old daughters, that my sister was smiling down on us. It was a happy and sad experience for me as I was enjoying this moment when my sister was unable to, but I felt honored to do it in her place.

Since that took place a few years ago, we now make a point to ski together when we come to Breckenridge every year.

For more information on the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 and Breckenridge Vacations visit www.grandcoloradoonpeak8.com


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Breckenridge Grand Vacations Honored by Summit Medical Center

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center recently renamed its emergency department after Breckenridge Grand Vacations after receiving a generous donation of $250,000 from our company. Owner and developer of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Mike Millisor, mentioned at the unveiling event on September 3  that he “hoped the donation would inspire others in the community to give.”

Although our company does not wish that any of our guests pay a visit to the hospital during their vacation, the owners of BGV thought it was yet another opportunity to support the surrounding community in an impactful way.  For nearly three decades, Breckenridge Grand Vacations has been dedicated to contributing to non profits and fundraisers throughout Summit County. For more information, visit http://breckenridgegrandvacations.com/Pages/Giving.aspx

 


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Breckenridge Grand Vacations Celebrates 20,000 Owners

We're proud to have reached such an amazing milestone and are pleased to announce we now have 20,000 members in our Breckenridge Grand Vacations family. 

We began this journey in 1985 with our first development, Gold Point Resort. After nearly 30
years, we have been able to offer families around the globe vacation ownership opportunities at Grand Timber Lodge, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and are excited to introduce the
Grand Colorado on Peak 8. 


We are committed to providing the best vacation experience possible and value each and every one of our owners. 

20,000 Owners Strong and Growing! Thank you for being a part of our family! We look forward to serving you and helping you create memories that will last a lifetime.


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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.

There is no question that the internet has changed the travel industry. Most travelers no longer rely on a travel agent to find the best deal on a flight, a travel package to a foreign destination or high quality accommodations. Travelers have taken their vacation shopping into their own hands.

Fingertip access to reviews of prospective destinations on travel review sites, Facebook, Twitter feeds and travel blogs give travelers more confidence in their choices. Of the research and booking tools out there, TripAdvisor has become one of the first stops for people checking out a hotel or resort.

The BGV management team watches for comments on TripAdvisor and other sites to determine whether or not we are meeting our commitment of “always grand vacations.” For example, when a poor review is posted on TripAdvisor, we review the complaint, investigate the situation and post a response as quickly as possible. In addition to addressing the concern online with our response, we make sure the issue identified is dealt with internally and changes are made to improve our guests’ experiences moving forward.

There is another reason, however, that TripAdvisor reviews about your BGV resort should matter to you: the majority of consumers who consult TripAdvisor are looking to rent rooms at one of our resorts. More than 90 percent of our rental stays are in units that our owners have booked and have put up for rent. That means the impact of TripAdvisor comments may be felt by our owners who want to rent out their unit/week in any given year.

Therefore, while all of us at BGV value the transparency that sites like TripAdvisor have brought to the travel industry, I want to encourage you to take a more direct approach to maintaining the quality of our resorts and service. If you have had a less than stellar experience at one of our resorts, please tell us directly.

Within a few days of each stay with us, you will receive an email inviting you to complete an online survey concerning your visit. We act immediately on those responses to address any issues that need fixing. If you also want to register your experience with TripAdvisor, there is a link on our survey site that will allow you to do that. But even better yet, tell us while you are on site so we can fix it while you are here!

If, as we hope is more often the case, you had a great vacation with us, please do tell everyone you know, including TripAdvisor. As noted above, this can only help build the value of your vacation ownership and help you and your fellow owners who are seeking to rent their weeks.

BGV is committed to making sure that we provide great vacations that generate praise. We have always considered you, our owners, as partners in attaining that goal. Please let us know how we are doing, whatever vehicle you choose to do that. You are always welcome to send comments to us at customerservice@breckenridgegrandvacations.com for a prompt reply. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Owners Only

As an owner with Breckenridge Grand Vacations, you have the option to participate in a membership with Interval International. We know many of you have had wonderful trips to various places with these memberships.

For a chance to win 25 Reward Dollars, we want to know what Interval International resorts you would recommend exchanging into, using getaways on, and what some of your great exchange stories are! Comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, below or email your answers to customerservice@breckgv.com!

Congratulations to last month's winner Garry and Sue Mattox. 25 Reward Dollars have been added to your account—thank you for your participation! Take a look at some great fall activity recommendations below!

"After a hike, sitting in the hot tub hoping for a little snow flurry! We love fall in Breck on Peak 7!" - Kelly Taylor Thompson

"Oktoberfest!" - Michael Pierson

"Oktoberfest, hiking and taking in the gorgeous fall colors." - Lisa Dreiling

"Hiking and mountain biking with the family while enjoying the perfect weather!" - Jenna Jeffryes

"Perfect time for enjoying the fall colors, walking, biking and the outdoor jacuzzi." - Donna J Tirado

"Biking and jeep tours!" - Julie Miller Bengston

"Oktoberfest!" - Matt Marshall

"Taking part in Oktoberfest in September!" - Susan Anderson Sewald

"Enjoying an afternoon on a patio, drinking a great fall brew and people watching." - Shawn Bailey

"Pools & hot tubs." - Barry G Gustafson

"Riding down Boreas Pass Road while the aspens are bright yellow!" - Laura Wren

"Relaxing weekend checking out the aspens in sweatshirts!" - Kelsey Berenguel

"Hiking and sitting on the balcony enjoying the crisp fall air!" - Michelle Taylor

"Enjoying the cooler weather, great views, great food and great people." - Howard Schenker

"Hiking and crab legs at Sevens." - Diane McFarland

"Looking at the changing aspen leaves." - Dana Kruse

"Fall color jeep tour." - Aaron Layton

"Our favorite activity in the fall in Breckenridge is to hike and see the beautiful fall colors." - Tina Lattimer

"Reading a book in the sunshine!" - Nicole Barnard

"Eating wild berries and photographing the colorful scenery." Amanda Hillard

"Hiking and taking pictures of the fall colors." - Jennifer Wilderness

"Soaking up all the sunshine I can while I'm enjoying the fall colors." - Tamie Heldenbrand Gedden

"Definitely the LEAVES! We'll be there in October!" - Donna Bethel Robbins

"Back country trails!" - Julie Anna Reimers

"Hiking in the cool crisp mornings and finishing the day warming in the hot tubs while enjoying a drink from the Lodgepole!" Sherrie DelGrego Rau Shoemaker

"Biking & Hiking" - Donna J Tirado

"Fall is viewing the aspens changing color glowing golden in the soft sunlight." - Teddie Ryan

"Watching football on my tablet in the hot tub!!!" - Caz Oswald

"Hot springs!" - Zea Baca

"I enjoy relaxing around the Breckenridge Grand Vacations property's and hanging out with the locals. Breckenridge is our 'home away from home.'" - Sheila Shea

"Getting in the hot tub at night under the fall weather." - Norma Jalomo

"Hiking & hot tub." - Sheila Miller

"Hiking in the high country, blue skies, puffy white clouds, sunshine and Mary's Mountain Cookies in our pack!" - Angie Kinney

"Sitting on a rock and listening to the forest. Then heading into town to the Crepe Cart!" - Wendy Monahan Jones

"Swimming and hiking with the family." - Shannon Grey-Medina

“The crisp air, the brilliant foliage, and scores of celebrations herald autumn in the Rocky Mountains. Our family loves to take time to savor the season’s many splendors. We always enjoy an autumn outing in the mountains!” -

“Our favorite fall activity is hiking bad hitting the 4x4 off road trails.  Love the smell of autumn in the air!” - Kim & Donna Kohlbeck

“Riding bikes through the turning aspens.” - Alan Arata

“There is no question that the beauty of colorado in the fall is spectacular!  Whether you hike, bike, fish or drive nothing beats the splendor of the color...so much so that i have eighty aspen trees in my yard in Kansas City that are not only loved by my wife and i but also by our neighbors.” - Dennis Ullery

“Early morning hikes with my two dogs.” - Louis Scannura

“Oktoberfest!” - RJ Hill

“Our family loves to go hiking to see the beautiful fall colors. After the hike we like to barbecue at the Grand Lodge and roast marshmallows at the fire pit. If it’s not too windy or cold we also paddle board on Lake Dillon.” - Carmen Latimer

“Nothing better than catching and then releasing a beautiful fall spawning colored brown or brook trout while wet wading in a mountain stream. I’m visualizing that from 100+ degree AZ right now.” - John Fellin

“Octoberfest in September and just enjoying the crisp mountain air!” - LeeAnne Lind

“I guess it's true of any time of year, but since our kids are quite little, our favorite thing to do in Breck is hit the pool at Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and maybe sneak in some bowling at One Skill Hill.” - Michelle Normandin

“We love to drive around looking at the fall colors and attend the Show of Homes!” - Anita Corwin

“We love Breckenridge! So many wonderful things to do. Our favorite activity is spending time as a family and enjoying all the Breckenridge has to offer, regardless of the time of year!” - Michelle Strohfus


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Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Fall Tours

Take a tour though Breckenridge's nationally recognized Historic District with a local expert! In 1880, Breckenridge was home to two dance-halls, ten hotels, and eighteen saloons. See the buildings that housed these businesses and view the earliest homes in town, from log cabins to stately residences. Along the way, hear stories about the gold seekers, rough individuals and other hardy souls who lived in Breckenridge more than 100 years ago.

In addition to the Historic Walking Tour, The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers many fun activities for the fall.  Join them for a Haunted Tour, Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour, Tombstone Tales at Twilight Cemetery Tour, or maybe something more active like a guided hike. 

When you are done with your guided tour, take a peek in one of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance’s many museums including the Edwin Carter Museum, the Barney Ford House, or the Summit Ski and 10th Mountain Division Exhibit. Visit your activities coordinators for the newest weekly schedule and to reserve your space in each of the tours.


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Calendar of Events

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fall Fest
October 18

Come out for a day of family fun in downtown Breckenridge!  The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fall Fest features kid-friendly activities including face painting, balloon artists, caramel apple decorating, pumpkin decorating, photo booth, bouncy castles and more!  With Halloween right around the corner, costumes are encouraged! The fun takes place at the Riverwalk Center from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Keystone Wine in the Pines
October 17 – 18

What better way to spend a weekend than indulging in fine wine and gourmet food in a picturesque mountain setting? At Friday night’s “Denim and Diamonds” Winemaker’s Dinner, enjoy a five-course feast prepared by Keystone Ranch’s chef Steve Vlass paired with carefully- selected Roth Estate wines. Saturday brings the International Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting to Keystone’s conference center. The evening’s theme, “Cirque du Vino” features the amazing aerial talents of Imagination Circus Arts, a cirque style performance group from Boulder, Colorado.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Kelly Smith Employment Center at Ability Connection Colorado.http://abilityconnectioncolorado.org/special-events/wine-pines/

 

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.http://breckenridgecraftspiritsfestival.com/index.html

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort opens for 2014/2015 Season
November 7

After the successful opening of Peak 6 in the 2013/2014 season, the Breckenridge Ski Resort looks forward to another exciting season full of big snowfalls and exciting events!

 

Keystone Ski Resort opens for 2014/2015 Season
October 31

 

27th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular
December 1 – 7

Disabled Sports USA hosts the 27th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular, a winter sports festival for youth, wounded warriors and other individuals with physical disabilities, December 1 – 7 at Beaver Run Resort and the Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Ski Spectacular raises awareness for adaptive snow sports programs and trains athletes interested in competing in the Winter Paralympics. http://www.skispec.org/

 

Dog Park: The Musical
Select dates starting 11/25 through 1/3.  Visit the Backstage Theatre’s website for specific dates. 

“Speed Mating. Yappy Hour. Lovers with Leashes. Where can one find such doggone fun events? At the dog park of course! Get in on the dog park scene with Champ, the show dog; Bogie, the territorial rebel without a collar; Itchy, the sad sack terrier with ADD; and Daisy, the lone Westie female, who must choose a mate from one of the three.” http://www.backstagetheatre.org/pages/shows_dogpark.htm

 

Race of the Santas and Lighting of Breckenridge
December 6

Watch Breckenridge transform into a sparkling winter wonderland with a day of holiday festivities. Join in or cheer on hundreds of revelers dressed as Santa as they race down five blocks of historic Main Street, spread holiday cheer with caroling in the Blue River Plaza and watch as Santa arrives via horse-drawn carriage for the lighting of the town tree.http://www.gobreck.com/events/calendar-of-events/?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20141206

 

Frisco Wassail Days
December 6 – 14

Head to Frisco December 6th – 14th for a holiday celebration centered around the town’s 7th annual Wassail Days competition. Stroll along Main Street, sample steaming cups of Wassail (Old English apple cider) from participating merchants and vote for your favorite! http://www.townoffrisco.com/events/wassail-days/

 

Dew Tour
December 11 – 14

The Dew Tour Mountain Championships return to Breckenridge for the 10th year with a showcase of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders. In addition to superpipe and freestyle competitions, the event will feature live music, autograph signings and giveaways in the Festival Village and more. Attendance is free, but if you are unable to experience the excitement in person, view extensive live coverage of the events on NBC and NBC Sports Network. For more information go here.

 

“Curves Ahead” at the Backstage Theatre
Select dates between January 9 –25. Visit the Backstage Theatre’s website for specific dates. 

“A tapestry of local women's stories – gathered from neighbors and friends in Summit County - is spun to create a funny and captivating story of our life and times in the high country. 
Get ready for outrageous tales of parenting, dating, drinking, ski bum romance, and what it takes to survive... at altitude.” http://www.backstagetheatre.org/pages/shows_curvesahead.htm

 

Ullr Fest
January 11-17

January brings a weeklong town celebration honoring Ullr, the Norse god of winter. The festivities begin on Sunday with the crowning of the Ullr King and Queen. On Tuesday, brave competitors can partake in a frying pan toss, ski boot relay and other wacky events at the Ullympics. Don’t miss the highlight of the week, the wild and always entertaining Ullr Fest parade, held Thursday on Main Street and followed by a town bonfire and fireworks display. The more we celebrate Ullr, the better chance of a powder-filled season, so be sure to join in on the fun! http://www.gobreck.com/events/ullr-fest

 

The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships
January 27 – 31 (viewing until February 8)

An event not to be missed! From January 27th – 31st, watch teams from all over the world carve elaborate works of art from 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of snow. The artists have 65 hours to create complex sculptures using no support structures or power tools. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 31st, winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the Riverwalk Center. Weather pending, snow sculptures will stay standing until Sunday, February 8th. Viewing is free and open to the public. http://www.gobreck.com/events/international-snow-sculpture-championships

 

“The Roadhouse” at the Backstage Theatre
Select dates between February 6 and March 1. Visit the Backstage Theatre’s website for specific dates.

“Part Two of the Ski Area Play Cycle. This winning comedy picks up the story from last season’s runaway hit, The 10th. The setting is Breckenridge in the early 1970s, and a shifting cultural tidal wave is about to engulf the region.Set in the immigrant bar referenced in The 10th, a group of disparate, lost souls have found a temporary sanctuary on the outskirts of town – a sanctuary about to be threatened by the advancing growth and prosperity brought on by the development of the ski area.” For more information go here.

 

 


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Fall is right around the corner, which means it's time for things to slow down for a bit in Breckenridge. Although town is a bit quieter, there are still ample activities options in and around Breckenridge. 

For a chance to win $25 Reward Dollars, what is your favorite fall activity in the mountains? Comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, below or email your answers to customerservice@breckgv.com!

Congratulations to last month's winners Julie Demerath, Eli Chavez, and Ann Ward. You all will see  $25 Reward Dollars added to your account! Take a look at all of the great summer activity pictures from all our owners!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Recommended Fall Activities

Looking for a fun way to catch the High Country’s fall colors this September? Hop aboard the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, for a 2 ½ hour train ride high above the beautiful Arkansas River. The ride starts in the historic mining town of Leadville, at an altitude of 10,152 feet. The train gains another 1,000 feet in elevation as it travels through pine forests, golden aspen groves and high alpine meadows sprinkled with an array of colorful wildflowers. During the month of September, trains run at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends. All trips offer the choice of open-air cars, enclosed cars and open-sided cars with roofs. Guests are welcome to change cars along the way, and bringing a picnic lunch is always encouraged. For those just looking for a snack, there is a concession stand at the depot and on the train itself. During the month of September, the popular Fall Photo Specials are returning! This tour is a 3 hour train ride that includes an additional 1 ½ miles down the track at no additional cost. Fall Photo Specials will be running September 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. To reserve your seat for this colorful scenic trip, stop by the Activities Desks at Grand Timber Lodge or Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Don’t forget to bring your camera!


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Calendar of Events

Frisco Fall Fest | September 6

Fall brings crisp mountain air, changing aspen leaves and a chance to celebrate all things Colorado with a day-long festival on Frisco’s Main Street. Enjoy the work of local artists, shop for fresh produce in the Colorado Proud harvest market and listen to a live performance by Lez Zeppelin. In the morning before the festival, brave competitors can participate in the 3rd Annual Mount Royal Hill Climb, a grueling two-mile race to the summit of nearby Mount Royal. Proceeds from the race benefit local nonprofit The Dillon Range District. Fall Fest attendance is free. http://www.townoffrisco.com/events/fallfest/

 

Keystone Oktoberfest  | September 6

Keystone’s River Run Village comes to life to celebrate German culture for their 2nd annual Oktoberfest. Come sample beers from different Colorado Breweries and chow down on traditional German cuisine. There will be plenty of children’s activities including free face painters, a bounce house and the Edelweiss Polka Dancers. Admission is free for all, and you can buy a commemorative mug for $25 or stein for $35. Mug purchases include three beers and $5 refills. Other festivities include Das Bier Burner 5K Run, free concerts and food booths from 1pm – 6pm. Free Parking is available at the River Run Lots located off Highway 6 East on Gondola Road. http://www.keystoneresort.com/eventdetail/Oktoberfest.axd?year=2014&month=9&eventview=calendarview

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. http://www.gobreck.com/events/breckenridge-oktoberfest

 

Breck Festival of Film | September 18 – 21

In its 34th year, the Breckenridge Festival of Film returns in September for a four-day celebration of independent filmmakers. Along with the many parties and panels, over 50 films will be screened over the weekend, including a wide variety of documentaries, dramas, comedies and shorts. Don’t miss the Adventure Reel lineup, a new element for the Breckenridge Festival of Film that embraces the character of the Breckenridge mountain community. http://www.breckfilmfest.com/

 

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fall Fest | October 18

Come out for a day of family fun in downtown Breckenridge!  The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fall Fest features kid-friendly activities including face painting, balloon artists, caramel apple decorating, pumpkin decorating, photo booth, bouncy castles and more!  The fun takes place at the Riverwalk Center from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Keystone Wine in the Pines | October 17 – 18

What better way to spend a weekend than indulging in fine wine and gourmet food in a picturesque mountain setting? At Friday night’s “Denim and Diamonds” Winemaker’s Dinner, enjoy a five-course feast prepared by Keystone Ranch’s chef Steve Vlass and paired with carefully selected Roth Estate wines. Saturday brings the International Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting to Keystone’s conference center. The evening’s theme, “Cirque du Vino” features amazing aerial talents of Imagination Circus Arts, a cirque style performance group from Boulder, Colorado.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Kelly Smith Employment Center at Ability Connection Colorado. http://abilityconnectioncolorado.org/special-events/wine-pines/

 

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. http://breckenridgecraftspiritsfestival.com/index.html

 

Keystone Ski Resort opens for 2014/2015 Season | October 31

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort opens for 2014/2015 Season | November 7

After the successful opening of Peak 6 in the 2013/2014 season, the Breckenridge Ski Resort looks forward to another exciting season full of big snowfalls and exciting events!

 

27th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular | December 1 – 7

Disabled Sports USA hosts the 27th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular, a winter sports festival for youth, wounded warriors and other individuals with physical disabilities, December 1 – 7 at Beaver Run Resort and the Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Ski Spectacular raises awareness for adaptive snow sports programs and trains athletes interested in competing in the Winter Paralympics. http://www.skispec.org/

 

Dog Park: The Musical | Select dates starting 11/25 through 1/3

“Speed Mating. Yappy Hour. Lovers with Leashes. Where can one find such doggone fun events? At the dog park of course! Get in on the dog park scene with Champ, the show dog; Bogie, the territorial rebel without a collar; Itchy, the sad sack terrier with ADD; and Daisy, the lone Westie female, who must choose a mate from one of the three.“

Performance Dates:

November 25, 26, 28, 29
December 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
January 1, 2, 3 

http://www.backstagetheatre.org/pages/shows_dogpark.htm

 

Race of the Santas and Lighting of Breckenridge | December 6

Watch Breckenridge transform into a sparkling winter wonderland with a day of holiday festivities. Join in or cheer on hundreds of revelers dressed as Santa as they race down five blocks of historic Main Street, spread holiday cheer with caroling in the Blue River Plaza and watch as Santa arrives via horse-drawn carriage for the lighting of the town tree.

 

Frisco Wassail Days | December 6 – 14

Head to Frisco December 6th – 14th for a holiday celebration centered around the town’s 7th annual Wassail Days competition. Stroll along Main Street, sample steaming cups of Wassail (Old English apple cider) from participating merchants and vote for your favorite! http://www.townoffrisco.com/events/wassail-days/

 

Dew Tour | December 11 – 14

The Dew Tour Mountain Championships return to Breckenridge for the 10th year  with a showcase of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders. In addition to superpipe and freestyle competitions, the event will feature live music, autograph signings and giveaways in the Festival Village and more. Attendance is free, but if you are unable to experience the excitement in person, view extensive live coverage of the events on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

http://www.breckenridge.com/eventdetail/Dew+Tour.axd?year=2014&month=12&eventview=calendarview

 


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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.

If you have been to Summit County recently – or even just watching the weather reports on TV – you know that we have had an unusually rainy summer. After a few very dry years with elevated risk of wildfires, the moisture is welcome. And while we can usually offer sunny mornings, we do understand that the afternoon thunderstorms have dampened more than a few vacations built around outdoor activities.

That does not mean that you’re stuck in your room watching the same TV channels you watch at home. A day in can be filled with any number of relaxing activities that you don’t take time to do at home. Book an afternoon at the spa for a facial, pedicure and massage. Grab a book from the library at your resort and curl up in front of the fireplace; add a glass of wine to enhance the read. Book one of the theaters at Grand Lodge on Peak 7 for your own private screening of that film you missed in the megaplex. Have some great family time around the table with a card game, board game or puzzle – the front desks at our resorts have an assortment for you to choose from – and have a pizza delivered. 

If you want to get out of the room, heading either north or south about 20 miles will get you to some family friendly bowling alleys. South Park Bowl in Fairplay also features great food; Lakeside Lanes offers pool tables and big screen televisions as well as bowling. Children of all ages especially enjoy Ready Paint Fire on Breck’s Main Street, where you can paint your own pottery or canvas and take home a unique souvenir of your time.

And any time of day, there are plenty of restaurants in Breck and neighboring towns where you can sit over a leisurely meal and get reacquainted with your spouse and kids.

We all love the sunshine that Colorado so generously bestows on our mountain communities, but rain is what creates the verdant green that reflects that sunshine so perfectly. We need both. Maybe you also need a little slow time mixed in with the active outdoor vacation. Try it – even if it isn’t raining. It might become addictive.

 

 

 


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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.

Written by Stephanie Hummel


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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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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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