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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Owners Only

So far this season we have received over 95 inches of snow! This is an amazing start to the season, and if this trend continues, we are going to have another epic season here in Breckenridge. With more terrain opening soon, it lends the way to some great and sometimes hilarious moments happening on the mountain.

For a chance to win 25 Reward Dollars, we want to know what are some of your funniest skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing stories?  Comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email your answers to CustomerService@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com!

Congratulations to last month's winner, Michael Reining. 25 Reward Dollars have been added to your account—thank you for your participation! Take a look at what other owners are looking forward to this winter!

“The top 5 things I’m looking for this winter: 1. Snow  2. A comfy stay at Grand Lodge on Peak 7  3. Snow  4. The spa at GL7  5. SNOW” - Eric Oppliger

“Top 5 things we are looking forward to this WINTER! 1. Beauty of the SNOW on the mountains, and cozy blankets as we watch movies indoors as a family  2. Planning trips to the mountains and some great winter brew shared with friends in BRECK  3. Holiday times with family, and rest  4. Down time to sit and chat about summer vacations and planning an Interval timeshare trade  5. SNOW DELAYS that slow life down a bit and change routines — and help us appreciate the simpler things” - Gereny Keeton

“My top 5 things I'm looking forward to this winter: 5. Relaxing in my very own unit at Grand Lodge on Peak 7 after a full day of skiing  4. Visiting the shops in town and discovering new ones  3. Walking down the streets of downtown Breck after dinner enjoying the crisp, cold air and the lovely lights of the town
 2. Eating out at some of my favorite restaurants in Breck again.  1. Taking the first run of the first day of my week at Grand Lodge, and knowing that I have an entire week to continue doing one of the things I love best: SKIING!” - B Mitchell

“This winter's Top Five: 1. Getting the 3-year-old on skis for the first time  2. The baby turning 1 on the day of checkout from our week at GL7  3. Much needed time together as a family...in BRECK!  4. Teaching the little guy to ice skate, checking out the children's museum and other stuff in town  5. Maybe letting the baby do a little sledding!” - Michelle

“Snow, skiing, hot tubbing afterwards, enjoying Breckenridge, and relaxing at Grand Lodge on Peak 7.” - Angelika Bush

“1. The Grotto  2. Soup at Sevens after a long day of skiing  3. Outdoor hot tub while it’s snowing on Peak 7, mmmm!  4. Gondola rides with the little ones  5. The wildlife on the drive up to the resort.
See you on Sunday for our week, Grand Lodge!” - Victoria Sofia Shaughnessy

 “1. My son in the Air Force visiting  2. The moose in the snowy back yard  3. Hot tubs at GL7  4. Bourbon tasting at the Breckenridge Distillery  5. Attempting to snowshoe for the first time!” - Laura Cisco

 “1. Meeting up with my family at GL7 to take my kids skiing for the first time after being deployed for the last 6 months.  2. - 5. Immaterial” - Jesse Baker

 “The swimming pool and getting my son on skis for the first time ever, right out the back door at The Grand L­­­­­odge on Peak 7 and Eric’s pizza.” - Katrina Knepler

 “1. Hot tub  2. Sevens  3. Beautiful scenery  4. Grocery shopping via gondola  5. Peacefulness.” - Kathleen Wright

 “My time at GL7, family and friends, seeing the wonderful staff, from housekeeping to sales people! Front desk is very helpful, activities and concierge, the Lodge and all it has to offer from food to spa/pools and many other activities there! Yay can't wait to be there soon! Proud to be an owner there!” - Georgia Ann Wilson

 “Powder days, the beautiful scenery, beverages by the fire, beverages in the hot tub on the mountain and making family memories with Kyle Simpson :)” - Casey Eng Simpson

 “Our week together with family at GL7, hot tub in the snow with an ice cold beer, all you can eat crab legs at Sevens, the view if watching the cats working under the moonlight sky, and ski boots buried in fresh powder and corduroy on the same day.”- Susan C. Wilson

“Learning to ski on Monday, enjoying the beauty of Colorado in winter, overcoming huge fears and obstacles (refer to first item), meeting new friends, hot tubs and hot toddys!” - Leslie Gunning-Scofield

 “1. White Christmas  2. Hot chocolate  3. Hiking in the snow  4. Cozying up by the fire  5. Snowboarding/Skiing down Peak 7” - Abigail Sevilla Breitenbach

 “1. Hot tub  2. Relaxing  3. Sevens  4. View  5. Lobby Bar and music.” - Julie St Onge

“1. Relaxing  2. The Grotto  3. Creating memories  4. Powder days  5. Covered parking. :)” - Gustavo Belloso

 “Hot cocoa by the fire, roasted marshmallows, Santa, freshies and snowshoeing.” - Jeanne Larson Guernsey

 “1. The staff at GL7  2. Peaks 6-7  3. The adults-only hot tubs after skiing all day  4. All of the amazing food in town plus Ullr Fest and the Ice Sculpture Competition in January  5. The first run on fresh corduroy tracks!” - Jennifer Britt Rubach

 “The Grand Lodge theater with family, skiing, boarding, spa and crepes in town.” - Laurie Weisensee

 “1. Meeting up with Grandma and Grandpa for a week at GL7  2. Meeting up with cousins at GL7  3. Skiing Peak 7 on a fresh powder day  4. Ready, Paint, Fire!  5. Walking around in my ski boots (I have to think positively on this one and pretend they are just like slippers!)” - Jill Munsinger

 “Skiing, sitting by the fire, sledding, tubing and skating.” - Tricia Elliott Nester

 “My family is looking forward to 1. The family friendly atmosphere for all ages at Peak 7  2. The swimming pool  3. The amazing skiing out of the back door  4. Sledding  5. Getting to the Grand Lodge so my kids will stop saying "Mom, when are we going back to THE hotel?...the good one!” - Dawn Hauser

 “Ullr Fest, Breckenridge Distillery, Holidays, Time off work and Dragon Age Inquisition.” - Michael Reining

 “1. Visiting your resort  2. Skiing in Colorado again  3. Holidays with family  4. Warming up by the fireplace  5. Comfort food!” - Tamra Drehs Sengstock

“1. The steam room at Grand Lodge on Peak 7  2. Beignets at The Lost Cajun In Breckenridge  3. Cawfee at Cuppa Joe Breckenridge  4. Our January two-night stay including ski-in/ski-out awesomeness at GL7  5. A gondola ride into town!” - Jodie Lee

 “Skiing with friends, Mi Casa, hot tubs, spa visits and family time!” - Teena Schulz

 “Breckenridge, skiing, hot tub at Grand Timber Lodge, Downtown at Eric's pizza, and walking the streets on a snowy day!” - Lynn Puckett Kinnaman

 “Peak 10, Peak 9, Peak 8, Peak 7, and Peak 6.” - Fabien Ardila

 “Walking hand in hand with my husband while the snow is falling, tubing, skiing, making snowmen with the kids and listening to holiday music.” - Marla McGinn Jensen

 “1. Hot tub with snowflakes falling  2. Sitting around the fire pit  3. Staying warm inside my timeshare relaxing and spending time with my family - no chores  4. Skiing right into Peak 7  5. Looking for the Moose” - Carmen Stransky Kassatly

 “Snow, enough snow for Midwest skiing, skiing in CO, skiing at Breck, enjoying Grand Timber with all our kids and grandkids.” - Leanne Upward

 “Family time, skiing, Christmas, snow and snuggling!” - Stephanie Lynn Shea-Assali

 “Spending my birthday weekend at Grand Timber, fresh snow to play in, hot chocolate, sledding with the kiddos and family time around the fire!” - Megan Brown

“Skiing, sledding, tubing, wool sweaters and Christmas!” - Laura Angel Beumer

“Getting away from work and chores. Spending time with the family. Enjoying the beautiful scenery, the quietness that comes with a new snow fall. Skiing, tubing, ice skating and building a snowman. And of course Christmas.” - Zea Baca Flores;)

 

 


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Top 5 Things To Do In Breckenridge This Weekend

Breckenridge has truly become a winter wonderland already this year. With all the snow and holiday activities taking place and it can hard to navigate what to focus on! We have provided you a foolproof list of activities that will help you make the most of your weekend in Breckenridge.

1) Race of the Santa’s

Join locals and visitors alike and watch Main Street be taken over by Santas of all shapes and sizes. You can either participate in the running, skipping and jogging or enjoy the pure entertainment of 100’s of Santas taking over the town. Festivities begin at 4:15 on Saturday, December 6th. For more information go here.

2) Enjoy the Snow!

With the great snowfall we have had this season there are a verity of activities available to you.

Hit the slopes: Enjoy all the terrain that is open in Breckenridge and the newly opening Peak 7 and Imperial Express! For more information on what terrain is open go here. Need rentals to hit the slopes? Not problem. Check out all the BGV Owner discount options available to you here.

Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe: Enjoy a sunny day at the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Cross country skiing or snowshoeing are a great family activity and have a much smaller price tag in comparison to the ski hill. For more information go here. Grand Timber Lodge is also offering a guided snowshoe hike at 11:00am on Saturday, December 6th. For more information on this guided snowshoe hike go here.  

Go Tubing: Tubing is another great family activity that is perfect for all ages. The closest tubing hill is at the Frisco Adventure Park, but for a bit more of an adrenaline rush we would recommend  Keystone Adventure Point. It is recommended to make reservations in advance for both locations.   

3) Lighting of Breckenridge

After an afternoon of enjoying the snow come enjoy the holiday festivities on Main Street! The lighting of Breckenridge officially takes place at 5:15 on Saturday, December 6th, but make sure not to miss Santa coming into town at 5:00! For more details on all the Breckenridge lighting events go here.

4) Make or Buy a Handmade Holiday Craft

There isn’t a better way to kick off the holiday season than with a craft! The Breckenridge Arts District offers a Holiday Market and Holiday card making for kids. If you are looking for something a bit more challenging stick around for the Wednesday, December 10th ceramic holiday ornament workshop. If you are staying at Grand Timber Lodge you also have the options of participating in their survival bracelet and suminigashi making activities. For information on Grand Timber activities go here.

5) Relax at the Spa

After a weekend of activity it’s always great to treat yourself! What a better way to do that than enjoy one of the two Breckenridge Grand Vacations spas. Refresh Spa at Grand Timber Lodge is offering 20% off all services until Friday, December 12th. Soothe Day Spa at Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is offering 20% off all services before 2pm.

 

 


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Owner Tip

Planning your winter vacation to Breckenridge? Avoid the hassle of setting up your ski or snowboard equipment rental by booking your rental online before you arrive. Below is a list of companies that have partnered with Breckenridge Grand Vacations to offer additional discounts to owners and guests.

  • Blue River Sports is the shop we recommend to Gold Point Resort guests, located across from the Village next to Mi Casa. Receive a 10 percent discount when either booking online or as a walk-in. Guests may reserve equipment online at www.blueriversports.com.
     
  • Breckenridge Sports offers our guests a 25 percent discount when reserving online, or a 20 percent discount in person. It is located right at the base of Peak 7 in the Crystal Peak Lodge, which is next door to the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. To receive the discount go to www.rentskis.com/bgv, and be sure to choose the Peak 7 location in Breckenridge.
  • Door 2 Door is a ski and snowboard delivery service that offers a 20 percent discount to owners and guests. They offer slopeside adjustments or onsite adjustments at any Christy Sports. Ski and snowboard rentals are free for kids ages 12 and under with a 4-day adult rental. However, it’s only one child per adult, and you must select the junior ski or snowboard package for each child. To book go to www.d2dskis.com/breckenridgegrandvacations.
     
  • Ski Butlers is a delivery service offering a 10 percent discount to guests at any of our properties. They have a large selection of gear and provide on-property delivery with in-room fittings and slopeside adjustments. To book go to http://www.skibutlers.com/breckenridge-ski-rentals.
     
  • Christy Sports offers a 20 percent discount online and 20 percent for walk in guests. Guests may reserve equipment online at http://rental.christysports.com/bgv.

Have your own gear, but need a tune before you hit the mountain? Present your owners card for 10 percent off your next tune. This offer is valid at Breckenridge Christy Sports or Lone Star Sports only until December 31, 2014.

 


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Calendar of Events

Breckenridge Ski Resort opens for 2014/2015 Season

November 14th

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!  Opening day has been rescheduled to November 14th. For all the details of opening day click here.

 

Keystone Ski Resort opens for 2014/2015 Season

November 7th

Warm temperatures and little snowfall forced Keystone to move their opening date from October 31st to November 7th. Stay updated about Keystone’s opening day by visiting http://blog.keystoneresort.com/uncategorized/opening-day-updates/?cmpid=PARKEY00029

 

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.” For more information click here.

 

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.

 

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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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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Owner Tip

Have you changed your phone number recently or want to add a new email address to your file?  If you want to change, add or delete any email addresses or phone numbers, you can now do this on Grand Central!

We have added a new feature under the “Owner Info” tab that makes it extremely simple. Just select “Change Contact Info” and add or delete the email addresses and phone numbers of your choice. Please take the time to update your file, as this will ensure that you will receive important communications and will help maximize your ownership. 

For any address change, you will still need to contact the Owner Relations Department and can do so with an email to CustomerService@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com or by calling 877-453-4440. The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Relations Department hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (closed on major holidays). 

 

 


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Late Fall Horseback Riding at the Platte Ranch

In November, the countdown to Breckenridge Ski Resort’s opening day officially begins. Even though it’s the offseason, there is still plenty to do in the mountains.

Late fall is the perfect time for horseback riding with the wranglers at the Platte Ranch Riding Stables! The Platte Ranch is the only open ranch riding in the area that operates year-round; it’s located just 45 minutes south of Breckenridge, right outside the historic town of Fairplay. Spread over vast, open acres, the ranch features varying terrain that winds through pine forests, breathtaking aspen groves and exciting river crossings. Travel over the South Platte River while surrounded by majestic mountain views from the Mosquito Range to Pikes Peak. Best of all, this is not a boring nose-to-tail ride.

You will be on a real working ranch, experiencing some of their everyday activities, such as checking cattle, riding fence and possibly herding cattle to different pastures. The ranch specializes in small groups (maximum of eight riders) and caters to all levels of riding ability. Youngsters aged four to six can even ride double with an adult. Peaceful and private, the Platte Ranch allows riders to explore over 8,000 acres at their own pace and riding ability.

Throughout November, the Platte Ranch will be offering a daily two-hour ride at 11 a.m. 24-hour notice is required for all reservations and all rides are subject to weather conditions. Call or visit the Activities Desk to book your ride!


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Owners Only

Arapahoe Basin is open, which means it’s not long before all the resorts in Summit County will open as well. Snow is in the forecast, and we hope Ullr will provide an abundance of it this winter. Everyone is gearing up and getting ready for a great season!

For a chance to win 25 Reward Dollars, we want to know what are the top 5 things you are looking forward to this winter?  Comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email your answers to CustomerService@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com!

Congratulations to last month's winner, Erin Williamson. 25 Reward Dollars have been added to your account—thank you for your participation! Take a look at some recommended Interval International exchanges below!

“Mayan Palace in between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Their newer suites are amazing and their facilities are all beautiful. They have huge pools, tons of fun activities and peace! The kiddos will love the alligators and flamingos. We had a great babymoon!” – Erin Williamson

“Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, MX IS THE BEST!” – Becky Fleecs-Elznic

“We don't own at Grand Lodge but have exchanged in. We have gone to the Westin Lagunamar, Frenchman's Coven in St Thomas and the Grand Luxxe in Riviera Maya. Riviera Maya was the most luxurious by far, but we love all of these places.” – Kim Brandley

 “Azuls Five in Playa del Carmen...off the main drag and beautiful...of course, our first choice is always the Grand Lodge with our pups!” – Ann Lacy-Balliet

“Westin Princeville Kauai. Beautiful and loved the kids pool/slide for our 3 and 5 year olds.” – Jeannie Enriquez

Westin Lagunamar Cancun gorgeous beach location, and the most amazing infinity pool in all of Cancun.” – Ebony Garcia


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Grand Colorado on Peak 8

Breckenridge Grand Vacations has created grand vacations and family memories for three decades.  Our first resort, Gold Point, opened its doors in 1984 and owners and guests have enjoyed the property’s breathtaking mountain views and spacious townhome residences ever since.  In 1998, Grand Timber Lodge opened, the second in the BGV family of resorts.  Conveniently tucked between Peaks 8 and 9 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, Grand Timber Lodge features ski-in/ski-out access, well-appointed studio to four-bedroom condominiums and a host of family-friendly amenities.  In December 2013, Breckenridge Grand Vacations completed construction on the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, located just steps from the Independence SuperChair.  From the incredible onsite amenities to the sophisticated studio to four-bedroom units, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 embodies true slopeside luxury.  The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 will be Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ pinnacle resort, offering mountain modern residences, world-class amenities and arguably the best location in the Rockies.

Introducing the Grand Colorado on Peak 8

The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 will be the pinnacle resort of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family, offering the perfect blend of approachable luxury and refined adventure.  Located just steps from the Rocky Mountain SuperChair and the new 6-person Colorado SuperChair, the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 will set a new standard for slopeside luxury.  Proposed features and amenities include 59 mountain contemporary residences, indoor/outdoor aquatics area, Bergenhof restaurant, Infinity Spa and workout facilities, family game room, three 10-person movie theaters and expansive lobby and bar. 

Learn more

We invite you to learn more about the limited number of ownership opportunities at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8.  For more information, visit GrandColoradoOnPeak8.com or call 866.576.8971.  Current Breckenridge Vacations owners interested in the VIP event introducing the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 are encouraged to contact their sales agent or call 866.576.8971 for more information. 

 


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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.

Most of us spend a lot of time, energy and money making our home a place where we can completely relax, a retreat from the “slings and arrows” and the hectic pace of daily life.  We look forward to vacations, I think, for the same reason.  We want to get away to a place that allows us to rest and recreate – “re-create” in the best sense of that word.  But as many of us have experienced, even the most careful planning does not guarantee a smooth and comfortable vacation.  Trying to find one’s way around unfamiliar settings, adjusting to local customs, even choosing a good restaurant for a special dinner celebration can induce stress into what one has anticipated for months with visions worthy of a travel poster.

Perhaps that is why a recent ARDA survey found that the highest ranked reason timeshare owners cited for satisfaction with their vacation ownership was “My timeshare offers a vacation home away from home” (81%).  That makes so much sense to me.  Especially for owners who vacation regularly at their home resort, they know their way around, the accommodations have a familiar trademark feel, and they recognize many staff members from previous vacations.  And even for those who use the exchange option to vacation in a different location, they can count on the oversight of the exchange organization – such as Interval International – to ensure that the standards of the new destination will compare with the comforts they count on at their home resort.  And they have access to competent and concerned staff members to help them plan favorite activities and special occasions before they ever leave home. 

We consider you part of our family, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that each time you stay with us you leave feeling it was the best vacation you have ever had.  But even more than that, we want you to arrive and settle into your condo with the same ease and comfort with which you come home after a day at work, with a slippers-at-the-door-fire-in-the-fireplace kind of anticipation.

So as you plan your next vacation with us, call ahead and let us know what it takes to make you feel like you are home, and we’ll do our best to create that experience.  As it says over the fireplace at Grand Lodge on Peak 7:  Accepti domo estis  Welcome home.


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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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