Property Taxes on Breckenridge Grand Vacation Residences

Many owners have requested that there be a line item on the dues billing for property taxes that states which part of the yearly association dues is for property taxes deductible on individual income tax returns.  Unfortunately, this subject is more complicated than it appears.  The amount included in dues is an estimate of what the Homeowners Association expects to owe in future periods. Taxpayers may deduct the amount of tax actually paid in the tax year. 

 

Below are links to the property tax information for your appropriate Breckenridge Grand Vacation Residence:
 

Grand Lodge on Peak 7

Grand Timber Lodge

Gold Point Resort 


We are not able to advise you on your personal income tax preparation, but these amounts and documentation should provide enough information for you and your personal tax advisor to make and informed decision on what to deduct for 2014.

 

Good luck!


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Owners Only

 Breckenridge Grand Vacations is up for four prestigious Industry awards sponsored by Perspective Magazine, a globally recognized independent publication dedicated to the vacation ownership industry. The awards will be given this February at the annual GNEX conference in San Diego.  Determination of winners is partly based on votes garnered in each category from independent voters including owners of timeshare, employees, industry professionals and more.

 

As valued members of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family we are hoping that you will participate in the online voting portion of the judging when it commences later this month.  We will send you an email with links so you can participate and help Breckenridge Grand Vacations receive the industry recognition we’ve worked so hard to attain.


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Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center Grand Opening

Join us on Saturday, January 10, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 103 S. Harris Street in Breckenridge for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library!

The community will gather in the front of the building for a toast and ribbon cutting ceremony after hearing from key members of this historical renovation project. Once inside, there will be various children’s crafts such as personalized library cards and book totes, photobooth, book signing by Sandie Mather, as well as the unveiling of a handcrafted quilt designed and made by the Summit County Quilters. The Speakeasy Movie Theater has also reopened and has installed a new digital projector.

After more than 100 years since its original construction, the schoolhouse on Harris Street will once again have new life. After extensive renovations and restoration, the building will now house the south branch of the Summit County Library, Speakeasy Movie Theatre, several non-profit offices including The Summit Foundation and Breckenridge Festival of Film, an archive room for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance as well as community rooms available for public use.

The building has housed various tenants over the past century. Starting as a high school, it became Town Hall, housed the fire department, sheriff’s office, dance studios, Colorado Mountain College, and more.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is proud to have partnered with the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County Government on such a community-centered project.

“We invite our owners and guests to come and enjoy the new state-of-the-art library facility, take their family to view a feature film at the updated Speakeasy Movie Theatre, and even sit back to take in the spectacular views on the new reading deck. We want our owners and guests to feel as they have a stake in Breckenridge, and this is the place for them to feel like a part of the community. “

For more information, visit: www.BGVCenter.org


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View from the Bottom

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.

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

 As we wrap up 2014 and look down the road towards 2015, all of us at BGV have much to be grateful for. 2014 saw a number of milestones: 30 years of developing resorts in Breckenridge, expansion of our family to 20,000 timeshare owners, and the launch of sales for our newest property, Grand Colorado on Peak 8.

On December 5, our first day of sales for Grand Colorado on Peak 8 broke industry records. I am very proud of the hard work by all of our employees to make this possible, but I am most pleased because I have to believe that we have accomplished all we have because of the high standards we have set and maintain for service to our owners and guests. From the very first guest we welcomed to Gold Point back in 1984, my brother Rob, our partner Mike Dudick and I have made service the highest priority.

While our sales efforts now focus on the new resort, I want to assure you that each and every one of our resorts, and those of you who own there, are just as important as the newest one. Our high standards for service, accommodations, and amenities are the same for Gold Point, Grand Timber Lodge, Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and now for Grand Colorado on Peak 8.

There is no doubt that our properties get hard usage, and every week they are filled with families having fun. We work hard to maintain them at the level they were when they were first built and without having to raise HOA dues significantly year after year. Upkeep can certainly be a challenge, but we strive to retain our resorts’ level of value. I never want to hear anyone refer to any of our earlier constructed resorts as a “red-headed step child.” Each of our resorts bear special memories for me:  imagining them, building them, and inviting people to help create grand vacations.

As our family grows, we welcome more families to build their own memories around our resorts. I look forward to hearing about them for years to come.

Mike Millisor
GreatVacations@breckenridgegrandvacations.com


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Calendar of Events

“Curves Ahead” at the Backstage Theatre

Select dates between January 9–25, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015 (viewing until February 8)

An event not to be missed! From January 27 – 31, 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 31, winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the Riverwalk Center. Weather pending, snow sculptures will stay standing until Sunday, February 8. 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.” http://www.backstagetheatre.org/pages/shows_roadhouse.htm

 

“The Hound of the Baskervilles” at the Backstage Theatre

Select dates between March 12 and April 4

“In the wacky style of The 39 Steps, this laugh-a-second send-up of Sherlock Holmes stirs an ancient curse, a spectral hound, and a deranged killer into a comic masterpiece alive with mystery, suspense, and uproarious fun. Three versatile actors play dozens of roles – with rapid-fire costume changes – as the boys of Baker Street face off against the colossal canine of the moors.” http://www.backstagetheatre.org/pages/shows_houndbaskervilles.htm

 

Mardi Gras Street Party

March 17, 2015

Join us as Main Street transforms into a smaller, snowier version of Bourbon Street for our 1st annual Mardi Gras Street Party! Celebrate Fat Tuesday with other Mardi Gras revelers at the free concert by Chris Daniels and the Kings. The event features fun for the whole family – bundle up, don masks, boas and beads and enjoy the live music, drink specials and other entertainment from 2-5 p.m. http://www.gobreck.com/events/mardi-gras

 

 

Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival

April 11, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, over 30 craft brewers will take over Ridge Street for five hours of beer tasting and live music. Tickets are available for a presale rate of $27.50 until April 10 and include entrance to the festival and a commemorative tasting cup good for unlimited beer samples at the event. Event takes place from 12-5 p.m. http://alwaysmountaintime.com/radiate/events/breckenridge-spring-beer-festival/


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Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Property Information

Letter from the Project Coordinator

Happy New Year! 2015 is off to a grand start and so is the progress on Grand Colorado. With initial sales totaling over 7.1 million, we know all Grand Colorado owners are looking forward to the completion of this resort. Take a look at the construction updates as well as progress pictures.

Construction Updates:

  • Concrete flooring has been installed through the 4th floor in Phase 1.
  • The structural steel is 95 percent complete in Phase 1, and steel work has begun on the 1st and 2nd floor in Phase 2.
  • The mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is still ongoing.
  • Fireproofing has started in the Phase 1 parking garages.

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Deb Norton
Grand Colorado on Peak 8


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Grand Timber Lodge Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Happy New Year from your family at Grand Timber Lodge!

The holidays are behind us, and we look forward to enjoying the many winter activities that Summit County has to offer. 2014 was a year filled with many property updates, and we loved sharing these improvements with all of you as you shared your holidays with us. As a result of all the hard work from each and every staff member, Grand Timber Lodge moved into the 7th place on Trip Advisor among all hotels in Breckenridge. We are very proud of that accomplishment, and we will continue our commitment to provide owners and guests with the best vacation experience. Speaking of great vacations, don’t forget to plan your visit to Breckenridge to celebrate Ullr Fest, and help us encourage the Norse God of Snow to bless this season with plenty of fresh powder.

We also successfully closed out the 2014 resort budget and not only met but exceeded our budget goals! We also received final approval on the 2015 HOA budget and look forward to another busy year.

We hope to see you in the New Year soon!

Kelley Jensen
Grand Timber Lodge General Manager

 

Property Updates:

  • Brand new Grand Timber Lodge shuttle
  • Enhanced wireless internet around the resort

 

How to Ski-in and Ski-out from Grand Timber Lodge:


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Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

The ski conditions are great and the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is looking GRAND! This year has been the Grand Lodge on Peak 7’s first year being 100 percent open. It’s hard to believe 2014 is behind us, time sure does fly when you’re having fun! We’ve made some great improvements around the resort, and we will continue to look for ways to make the vacation experience even better for our owners. Our goal is to always look for ways to improve the resort, so please let us know if you have any suggestions. In the past year, we’ve been able to observe how our owners use the resort and will be focused on adding new and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy.

We are very happy to say that we have done a phenomenal job recruiting and hiring housekeepers, and feel that our current housekeeping staff is the best we’ve ever had. We will be working with them to find better and more efficient ways to clean and operate the resort. We’ve made some other exciting changes to the leadership team at GL7, and have some really great priorities and objectives for the resort. I am more than happy to discuss some of our initiatives with anyone, so please let me know if you have any questions regarding our operations goals for the coming year.

Happy New Year to all of our owners, and we hope to see you at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 very soon.

Below are a few exciting property updates to look for the next time you are at GL7:

  • We are excited to announce the construction trailers have been removed, and we will install the permanent GL7 entryway signs this spring.
  • We have upgraded our Wi-Fi equipment in the South Building and added another 100MB of bandwidth for the guest Wi-Fi network.
  • All of the sofa sleepers in the One Bedroom Master units have been replaced, as well as all of the king beds in Phase 1 and 2.
  • We have installed an automatic Eucalyptus Mistifier in the steam room.
  • The display case in the connector has been removed and a comfortable seating area has been added.
Jason Bretz
Grand Lodge on Peak 7 General Manager

Jason Bretz
Grand Lodge on Peak 7 General Manager

Jason Bretz
Grand Lodge on Peak 7 General Manager

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Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh Ride

Looking for a perfect way to cap off a day of skiing and boarding? Sign up at the Activities Concierge for a Dinner Sleigh Ride with Two Below Zero and enjoy a mountain experience you’ll never forget!

Climb aboard a handcrafted oak sleigh, designed after styles found in the 1850s, then cozy up and nestle under an antique lap robe. A handsome team of mules will take you down a secluded, picturesque trail where you will find a warm and cozy camp tucked deep in the forest. There you’ll receive the best dinner served this side of the Continental Divide, vegetarian and gluten-free dinner options are available.

Camp life also includes musical entertainment by David Peel, a former member of the original Kinston Trio. Rides depart from the Frisco Nordic Center and transportation can be arranged at an extra cost. The Dinner Sleigh Rides do fill up quickly during the holidays, so reserve your spots early. Two Below Zero also offers an afternoon Hot Cocoa Sleigh Ride – the same spectacular experience without dinner.  Stop by your Activities Concierge for more information and to make a reservation.


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Gold Point Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Happy New Year from Gold Point Resort! We are thrilled to be embarking on another exciting year in one of the world’s most beautiful places.

As we move into the new year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect back on 2014. Over the course of the year, Gold Point Resort has had a complete change in its leadership team, invigorating a new sense of passion and excellence into the resort. Operationally, we’ve made countless changes in an effort to provide a grand guest experience. On the property itself, many units have received new mattresses, artwork and appliances.

While 2014 was quite an exhilarating year, we are looking forward to 2015. All of the buildings at Gold Point Resort will not only be receiving a fresh coat of paint, but also a new, modern color palette! With a focus on the safety and security of our guests, we will also be installing a new RFID key system. This new system will provide the additional benefit of easier access to the units than a traditional key.

Over the past year, we have enjoyed spending time with many of you and your families. We base our decisions on the input we receive from our owners and guests. We appreciate the ownership and pride that you all have in our beautiful property, and we welcome any suggestions or feedback in order to better your experience with us.

We wish you a happy and prosperous 2015!

Josh Stuhr
Gold Point General Manager

Josh Stuhr
Gold Point General Manager

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How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution While on Vacation

The New Year is here and that means resolutions are being made. In 2014, 66% of resolutions were weight loss and fitness oriented and only 8% of people kept their resolutions. There is nothing harder than making your weight loss resolution and then heading off to the mountains for some vacation fun. Don’t be discouraged, Breckenridge is the perfect place to make and keep those resolutions. We have compiled a list of tips that will help you stay on track with your resolution while on vacation!

Eating:

While we all like to think that calories don’t count on vacation, but the scale says differently when we get home. Eating on vacation is always a favorite past time and there is no reason you can’t go out and have some delicious food while in Breckenridge. Try one of our recommended places to eat that will help you keep those calories in check while offering great dining experiences!  

Park and Main: Park and Main is known for delicious quality food that is a mixture of American and international flavors. Menu items vary but some favorites are:

  • The vegan arugula salad which contains roasted sweet potato, chick peas, pepperonata, zucchini, pickled onion and a sherry wine vinaigrette.

  • The roasted salt and pepper sweet potato sandwich with braised Tuscan kale, caramelized onion, cucumber, pickled carrot, cilantro, chili mayo on a toasted baguette.

  • The roasted beet sliders with herbed Colorado goat cheese, arugula, pickled and fresh onion, on a sweet potato bun.


Amazing Grace Natural Eatery: Amazing Grace is run under the philosophy that what you eat makes a big difference. Their food is made fresh-to-order from natural, wholesome ingredients. They have a breakfast and lunch menu which includes:

  • The BOB which includes three eggs scrambled with cheese, spinach and tomato that is served with whole wheat toast and your choice of veggie or organic chicken apple sausage.

  • Hummus delight sandwich with hummus, greens, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers and sprouts.

  • Spicy tofu salad which contains mixed green, tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, zucchini , sprouts and a scoop of spicy tofu salad.
     

Soupz On: With a daily changing menu SoupZon is located beside City Market and a quick stop for a great bite to eat. Your options can include the Southwest Quinoa Salad, Thai Peanut Vegetable soup, Italian Chopped Salad or whatever the daily specials are. The daily menu of soups, salads and sandwiches are listed online and updated each day.
 

Mountain Flying Fish: If you are willing to try something that requires a little work to eat but is worth the extra effort then Mountain Flying Fish is for you. With a menu full of seafood delights you won’t mind taking your time savoring every bite with those chopsticks. Try the Wa-Fu-Seviche that is full of various seafood, cucumber, avocado and seaweed with a citrus soy vinaigrette, or try your favorite seafood sashimi style!
 

Blue River Bistro: While Blue River is known for their two-for-one happy hours they also have a wonderful selections of salads and healthy entrees. Nothing about these options is traditional or boring. Check out two of our favorites:

  • Arugula salad with brown sugar & allspice Mahi Mahi with roasted pear, tossed cashews, golden raisins, goat cheese and an apple-poppy seed dressing.

  • Ruby Red Trout with sautéed sage & shallots, beet beurre blanc, basil oil, roasted portabella & thyme faro and sautéed spinach.
     

Exercise:

Whether your goal is to lose weight or just simply involve more exercise in your daily life Breckenridge is a perfect place for either. With a vast array of activities that will get your heart pumping and muscles working, you can stay on track while enjoy some of the most beautiful sights. Below are some suggested activities with a caloric burn estimate. Do one of these daily and you will have no problem staying on track with your New Year’s goals.


New Apparel:

Since only 8% of people stick to their goals it’s no surprise that loss of motivation is a huge factor in not keeping those resolutions. Nothing creates motivation like wanting to try out new gear, so do a little Main Street shopping to get your motivation at an all time high. Stop by Columbia and get some hiking boots to keep you motivated through the winter season, try Vertical Runner to get some new running shoes that will help you hit the pavement or maybe swinging on into Joy of Sox and get some fun socks that will help create a bit of joy while putting on your workout gear.

Whatever you do this vacation season, don’t forget that it is possible to have a fantastic vacation and keep those promises you made to yourself. Don’t let your resolutions put a damper on your vacation fun. Find a way to incorporate your goals into your everyday life, including your vacation life!


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Calendar of Events

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.” For more information click here.

 

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.

 

Mardi Gras Street Party
March 17

Join us as Main Street transforms into a smaller, snowier version of Bourbon Street for the inaugural Mardi Gras Street Party! Celebrate Fat Tuesday with other Mardi Gras revelers at the free concert by Chris Daniels and the Kings. The event features fun for the whole family – bundle up, don masks, boas and beads and enjoy the live music, drink specials and other entertainment from 2-5 p.m. http://www.gobreck.com/events/mardi-gras

 

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.

 

Mardi Gras Street Party
March 17

Join us as Main Street transforms into a smaller, snowier version of Bourbon Street for the inaugural Mardi Gras Street Party! Celebrate Fat Tuesday with other Mardi Gras revelers at the free concert by Chris Daniels and the Kings. The event features fun for the whole family – bundle up, don masks, boas and beads and enjoy the live music, drink specials and other entertainment from 2-5 p.m. http://www.gobreck.com/events/mardi-gras


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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.

The holiday season seems to roll around more quickly every year, and I know for myself that one reason for that is the pace of my life through the year.  Life is full, and we are all busy – some would say too busy.

2014 has been especially busy for the Breckenridge Grand Vacations staff, winding down sales of Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and launching sales of our newest property, Grand Colorado on Peak 8, even as we watch the building rise and change daily.  I’m proud of the way our employees have pulled together to take good care of our owners and guests even as we add new challenges to their days and weeks.

I expect that most of you have also had new challenges – both planned and unplanned – in the past year.  You may feel, as I do, that you hit the ground running on January 2 and haven’t stopped.

So let’s all pause for a bit  . . . take a deep breath, and make some time to really enjoy the holiday season.  Set aside an evening to spend just with family, schedule an evening with special friends you haven’t seen for a while, spend a Saturday baking cookies with the kids or grandkids.  Pick an activity that you remember fondly from childhood holidays and share it with someone else who may have had a difficult year.

We have many occasions and opportunities to celebrate throughout the year, but the winter holidays are different, or so it has always seemed to me.  This year, I’m resolving to make the time to enjoy them, to slow down and pay attention to the qualities they represent – peace, joy, and love of family and friends.  I hope you’ll join me in this resolution.  The New Year is coming with plenty more opportunities to be busy, and we’ll all be more ready for it for having drunk deeply of the holiday’s sparkling spirit.

Mike Millisor
GreatVacations@breckenridgegrandvacations.com


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1098 Tax Forms

The interest paid on mortgages during 2014 information (1098 form) will be mailed from Concord Servicing Corporation in mid-January of 2015. It is very important that our owners open all mail from Concord Servicing Corporation so that they do not miss this very important information.  If you have any changes to your mailing address previous to January of 2015, please contact the Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) Owner Support Department in order to provide the updated information so that we can ensure that you receive your 1098.  The BGV Owner Support Department’s knowledgeable representatives are in the office to serve you Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm MST and can be reached by dialing 877-453-4440 or by sending an email to customerservice@breckgv.com

If you have any changes to your mailing address after December of 2014, please contact the BGV Loan Servicing Department by dialing 888-783-8883 ext. 3048 or by sending an email to Loanservicing@breckgv.com

Thank you very much for your ownership with Breckenridge Grand Vacations.


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Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Property Information

Letter from the Project Coordinator

Grand Colorado on Peak 8 officially began sales to the public on December 6.  With 59 luxury residences, incredible amenities and the best address in Breckenridge, the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 will be the pinnacle resort for Breckenridge Grand Vacations.  Owners who bought during the construction phases of Grand Timber Lodge or Grand Lodge on Peak 7 know that all good things have to start somewhere, and the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 is off to a great start! If you haven’t had a chance to see the construction progress, you’ll be impressed by what has been accomplished so far!

  • Concrete foundation is 95% completed for the entire project.

  • Concrete floors are installed through the 2nd floor of Phase 1 and work will continue on to the upper floors.

  • Structural steel is completed through the 4th floor and will be finished by the end of December for Phase 1.

  • Cranes will be moved around the week of December 8, but one will remain to finish up the steel.

  • Mechanical and electrical rough-in is ongoing on the Plaza and Terrace levels.

  • Interior framing will begin January 1 on the 2nd floor and will continue through the winter.

  • Fireproofing will begin the week of December 8 on the 1st and 2nd floor and will continue through the winter.

Deb Norton
Grand Colorado on Peak 8


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ARDA-ROC Contribution

On your upcoming HOA bill this January, you will notice a $3 contribution to ARDA-ROC (American Resort Development Association – Resort Owners’ Coalition). Your participation in the Resort Owners’ Coalition helps ARDA-ROC in its efforts to advance legislation that protects owners from federal, state and local government attempts to raise revenue at the expense of timeshare owners.

  • ARDA-ROC uses its funds for education and expert resources that are necessary to track and follow federal, state and local legislative and regulatory activity.
  • ARDA-ROC strives to safeguard and improve vacation ownership for future generations by defending owners on many policy fronts. Over the past few years, ARDA-ROC has been successful in protecting owners from:
    • Attempts to limit or eliminate the second home mortgage/timeshare deduction
    • Attempts to impose state sales taxes on timeshares
    • Attempts to tax owners of timeshares as transient occupants (i.e. hotel guests)
    • Attempts by the IRS to tax timeshare homeowners associations' capital reserves (part of maintenance fee) as income
    • Attempts to tax annual assessment through a state food and beverage tax provision
  • In addition to legislative advocacy, ARDA-ROC conducts various studies designed to enhance the ability of our specialists in taxes, banking and consumer affairs convey the message of vacation ownership to legislators.

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Winter Activity Highlight: Snowmobile/Zipline Tour

Feeling adventurous? Try snowmobiling with Colorado’s highest snowmobiling company, with miles of terrain and views of 14,000 foot mountains. The two-hour Prospector Tour is great for families with kids aged four and up.  For those seeking more of a thrill, try the single-rider Performance Tour.

You could also try the five-hour Snowmobile/Zipline tour combination! Two hours of snowmobiling followed by another two hours of ziplining with lunch included! The zipline tour starts 1,000 feet above the base and offers incredible, breath-taking views. On this tour, you will ride six lines, all 400-850 feet in length.

This is a great opportunity to add some excitement to your vacation while still being able to take in all of the beauty of your surroundings. Snowmobiles have heated handles and heaters for your feet but you will still want to dress warmly with snow gear, warm shoes, gloves, neck gaiters/scarves and goggles or sunglasses. Transportation is included. So, bundle up for the ride of your life time! Please contact your Activities Coordinators for discounts and reservations at activities@breckenridgegrandvacations.com


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Gold Point Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Greetings from Gold Point Resort! With the flip of a switch, a beautiful winter is upon us. After a delay to the Breckenridge Ski Resort opening due to a shortage of snow, the second week of November brought nearly 50 inches of fresh snow to the area!

Our newfound abundance of early season snow is not a blessing just for the ski resort, but also for the many other winter activities that can be found in and around Breckenridge. Although early season conditions still exist in some areas, visitors to Breckenridge can now enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides or even sledding at one of the many local sledding hills.

While many owners at Gold Point Resort are familiar with these activities, many are not yet aware of the pool table that has been added in the guest lounge for guests to enjoy! Please come see us at the front desk for more information on our exciting new amenity.

Elsewhere around property, we are happy to share these updates:

  • New king mattresses have been installed throughout the entire property. Buildings 1, 2, 7 and 8 also received new queen mattresses in the first phase of our mattress replacement. Look for more new mattresses to come in 2015!

  • A local vendor has completed the construction of a new railing behind Building 7. Constructed of high grade steel, this new railing has the strength to withstand decades of snowfall.

  • The installation of new appliances in Buildings 7 and 8 has been completed. We are now happy to have new stainless steel appliances throughout the entire property! Not only are these appliances brand new, they are also Energy Star rated to help Gold Point Resort reduce energy consumption!

Josh Stuhr
Gold Point General Manager

 


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Grand Timber Lodge Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

After a long and unseasonably warm fall, winter has finally arrived in Breckenridge. The town, as well as Grand Timber Lodge, is decked out in holiday décor awaiting the arrival of Kris Kringle, followed closely by Ullr. As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to provide a recap of all the work that was done this past year to continue to improve your resort. For those of you who visited this fall, you experienced some of the construction work personally, and for others, your visit this winter will be your first chance to see these improvements! Improvements include:

  • A complete overhaul of both pools and all six hot tubs.

  • We added three “fountain toys” to the splash pool area.

  • The exterior of Buildings 7 and 8 have been repainted.

  • A new key system has been installed throughout Grand Timber.

  • The Grand Room has been completely remodeled.

  • Buildings 1 – 4 have received new dining sets.

  • We’ve replaced carpet, furniture, appliances and bedding throughout Building 6.

  • LED lights have been installed throughout the exterior of the property.

  • The boilers that support Buildings 1 and 2 have been replaced with new higher efficiency ones.

  • All of the hot water pipes and tanks have been insulated.

  • Refresh Spa has been completely renovated.

  • The Lodgepole Bar & Grill as well as the Lodgepole Market have been updated.

In addition, there have been some staff changes this fall. Jeremy Crowson, our long time Housekeeping Manager moved to Florida to be closer to family. His position has been filled by Leo Alavarez who was previously the Housekeeping Supervisor. Mauricio Meneses a member of the front desk team will be moving over to take the position of Housekeeping Supervisor. Rick Marchiori has moved into the role of Assistant Engineering Manager. Last, but certainly not least, Michelle Ellis, previously the Breck Inn General Manager has moved to Grand Timber as the new Assistant General Manager. We are all very excited about these leadership changes and look forward to a wonderful winter.

Please stop by the next time you are on property to meet the new staff and allow us to take you on a tour of these great improvements.

Kelley Jensen
Grand Timber Lodge General Manager


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Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Wow—what an amazing start to the 2014-2015 ski season! After an unseasonably warm October, November saw over 95 inches of snowfall! Hopefully the snow will continue to fall through December. Breckenridge Ski Resort is experiencing some of the best early season conditions in years, providing plenty of terrain to explore when visiting the Grand Lodge on Peak 7.  On December 5, the Independence SuperChair opened, making the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 an ideal hub for a ski vacation.  As the holidays approach, we will be decorating the resort for the holidays. To celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we will also be serving appetizers on Christmas Eve as well as New Year’s Eve. We hope you can join us for the upcoming festivities!

The staff at Grand Lodge on Peak 7 has been working hard over the past couple of months in order to get the resort ready for all of our valued owners. We are looking forward to this holiday season, and we hope you all share in our excitement. Not only does our staff contribute to the overall success of the resort, but our owners also contribute to our successful operations, by providing us with suggestions and pointing out items that need to be addressed during their stay. As we continue to look for new ways to effectively and efficiently manage the resort, our leadership team feels we have identified a potential cost savings initiative that we are asking our owners to help out with. We spend a significant amount of money laundering pool towels and robes. We have recently made the decision to remove all pool towels from the units because the majority of our guests utilize the towels from the cabinet near the Concierge Desk when visiting the pool, while the towels provided in units remain unused. The previous system made it necessary for us to have a higher inventory of towels on hand to ensure we do not run out. In order to decrease our laundry and linen expenses, I would like to encourage all owners to please take only the towels you need and try to reuse them throughout the week. Thank you in advance for everyone’s assistance in helping us keep our operating costs low while still adhering to our continuous efforts to become a more green resort.

Below are a couple exciting property updates to look forward to during your next visit:

  • The Lobby Bar is now proudly serving Starbucks beverages and will be open from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

  • The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 will now have a bellman on staff to assist you with your arrival process and with transporting your luggage to your room.

Jason Bretz
Grand Lodge on Peak 7 General Manager

 

 


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