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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Recommended Fall Activities

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


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Calendar of Events

Frisco Fall Fest | September 6

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

 

Keystone Oktoberfest  | September 6

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

20th Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest | September 12 – 14

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

 

Breck Festival of Film | September 18 – 21

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

 

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fall Fest | October 18

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

 

Keystone Wine in the Pines | October 17 – 18

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

 

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival | October 24 – 26

Join distillers from around the nation for a celebration of the finest handcrafted spirits and enjoy Breckenridge’s historic watering holes and saloons at the annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival. The weekend centers around the “Still on the Hill” grand tasting at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday, October 25, where you can sample craft spirits, learn from distillers, enjoy live music and more. http://breckenridgecraftspiritsfestival.com/index.html

 

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

 

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

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

 

27th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular | December 1 – 7

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

 

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

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

Performance Dates:

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

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

 

Race of the Santas and Lighting of Breckenridge | December 6

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

 

Frisco Wassail Days | December 6 – 14

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

 

Dew Tour | December 11 – 14

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

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

 


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View from the Bottom

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


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Breckenridge Bike Week Recap

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

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

 

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

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

Written by Stephanie Hummel


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Breckenridge Grand Vacations Bike Week Coloring Contest

 

 

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New Exciting Summer Activities

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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


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Owners Only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Girls day for senior pictures!” - Quin Gardner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Hiking!” - Erin Woodruff

“Pool time & long hikes!” - Becki Chester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Hot tubbin'!” - Jodie Lee

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

“Enjoying Grand Timber!” - Linda Rollins

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

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

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

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

 


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View From the Bottom

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 


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Calendar of Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


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Exciting Grand Central Updates!

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

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


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Summer Recommended Activities

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

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

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

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


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View from the Bottom

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Owners Only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Walk through town and enjoy."-Amber Steinbach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Ride my bicicleta!"- Carrie Thrasher

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

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

"Mountain Biking and River Rafting!"- Tracie Leafty

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Fly fishing on the Blue"-Kurt Pflock

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

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

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

"Frisco Bbq Festival."-Kelly Boden

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

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


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Calendar of Events

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival | July 19 – 20

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

 

Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival | July 26

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

 

Breck Bike Week | August 20 – 24 

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

 

USA Pro Cycling Challenge | August 22

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

 

BGV Strider Challenge | August 22

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

20th Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest | September 12 – 14

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

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We hope to see you on the mountain!


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Kickoff to Summer: Town Events in June

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

  1. Opening of the Breckenridge Fun Park: June 13

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

  2. Town Party: June 13

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

  3. The Outhouse Races:June 15

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

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

by Katy Bath

 


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View from the Bottom

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Millisor
GreatVacations@breckenridgegrandvacations.com


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