Grand Timber Lodge Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

On the afternoon of Wednesday, July 5, the beautiful summer season in Breckenridge was interrupted by the Peak 2 Fire. The fire was reported at about 11:00 a.m. by a mountain biker who observed smoke in the area. Firefighting teams immediately responded, but had to hike for about an hour before they reached the scene. In the meantime, a team of smoke jumpers had been dispatched and arrived at the fire around the same time as the ground crew.

At the time, Summit County had seen very little precipitation, with the most notable moisture falling as snow several weeks prior. These dry conditions, along with patches of trees infested by mountain pine beetles, enabled the wind to spread the fire quickly. For a period between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., the fire spread in the general direction of Breckenridge and made for some stunning photographs. Although the residential neighborhood of Peak 7 was placed under an evacuation order, we are pleased to share that none of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts were affected by the evacuation.

Nonetheless, the team at Grand Timber Lodge leapt into action, following our Wildland Fire Evacuation Plan to notify our guests and protect our beautiful resort. Immediately, guests noticed an uptick in irrigation as the sprinklers around the property were activated to increase the relative humidity around the resort. Housekeeping scoured the resort to close as many windows as possible to decrease the possibility of smoke damage, and engineering prepared to shut down any mechanical systems as needed. The Front Desk team, as you might imagine, began receiving phone calls and worked to answer as many questions as possible as we received pertinent information.

Just after 4:00 p.m., we were blessed by a complete shift in the wind. The wind shift, coupled with efforts from the firefighting team, pushed the fire back onto itself and nearly halted the spread of it. At that time, the fire had burned about 82 acres in the Miner’s Creek drainage along the Peaks Trail. Continued cooperation from the weather and incredible work from a Type 1 Incident Team contained it to just 84 total acres.

As we’ve looked back at the events of that day, we have identified learning opportunities and ways to update our emergency plans. We will be looking for additional ways to make information available to our owners and guests, who may not be familiar with the local emergency communication system. We thank all our owners and guests for their cooperation during this stressful experience and hope that they were able to resume enjoying their vacations!

Aside from the excitement of the Peak 2 Fire, here is what has been going on across the resort:

  • The Front Desk has introduced a new paperless check-in process. This helps to save paper and eliminates back-end redundancies. Better yet, you can complete the entire registration card prior to your arrival by following a link sent in the confirmation email a week before you arrive!
  • New lamps have been installed in all living areas, completing the upgrade of the living room furniture.
  • The wall near the indoor hot tub of Building 5 received a new stone veneer. The repair fixed the damaged stucco and it looks fantastic!

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how to make Grand Timber Lodge a better place for you and your family. You may always send ideas to jstuhr@grandtimber.com for considerations!

Josh Stuhr

General Manager, Grand Timber Lodge

Grand Timber Lodge Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Greetings from your family at the Grand Timber Lodge!

Summer season is in full swing throughout Breckenridge! The lupines around the resort are in full bloom and weather has been beautiful for all of the area’s summer activities. A wide array of outdoor games is available for enjoyment around the pool area, with supplies available from the Front Desk for those relaxing days around the resort.

On July 5, a wildland fire was spotted on Peak 2 in Breckenridge. This fire spread over 87 acres and lead to pre-evacuation measures for some areas within Breckenridge. With the help of local and federal resources, we are happy to report the fire is 85 percent contained and no longer represents a threat to the town or public. We are extremely grateful for the amazing job the firefighters and community did to keep all of its guests and residents safe.

In an effort to better serve our guests, the Concierge is now available to help you book any off-site excursions and adventures. With hours from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, the Concierge is here to answer any questions you may have about activities, from whitewater rafting to horseback riding. Booking activities through the Concierge can save you anywhere from five to ten percent, depending on the vendor!

Additionally, here are a few things that have been going on around the property:

  • Refresh Spa has introduced new services at the Building 5 pool area! You will be able to enjoy a spa treatment in this beautiful outdoor setting. Give them a call at 970.547.3624 for details and availability.
  • With the Concierge helping to book off-site adventures, our Activities team is busy introducing new activities around the resort! Look for Game of Drones and other events as they are added to our calendar each week.
  • The exterior of Buildings 3 and 4 has received a fresh coat of paint. Thank you to the guests who experienced this disruption. We seek to ensure that our resort is well-maintained for years to come.
  • The Game Room in Building 2 has been closed for some much-needed upgrades. The bumper pool table and Wii have found new homes around the resort in the meantime, and we look forward to these exciting enhancements being available toward the end of summer!

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how to make Grand Timber Lodge a better place for you and your family. You may always send ideas to jstuhr@grandtimber.com for consideration!

Josh Stuhr
jstuhr@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com
General Manager, Grand Timber Lodge

Grand Timber Lodge Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Happy summer from your family at Grand Timber Lodge!

Our visitors though the month of May were not only of the human species, as we were treated to a few visits from the local moose! Our neighborhood fox has also made his return as the weather warms up. Although these guests are truly memorable, remember that they are wild animals and we should be careful to give them enough space for our own safety as well as theirs. No worries about getting close enough to see them: our Activities staff gets beautiful pictures from afar and shares them regularly on our Facebook page!

New for visitors to Breckenridge this summer is the greatly enhanced Breckenridge Epic Discovery program, which opens June 9! Epic Discovery features adventure and educational opportunities for families and visitors of all ages. Incorporating the great amenities of the Peak 8 Fun Park, this new program has also added a thrilling zipline that can reach speeds in excess of 60 MPH! Please stop by the Concierge Desk for more details.

Here is a taste of what has been going on around the property:

  • New living room furniture has been installed throughout the entire resort. We hope that you will enjoy the two chairs in the living room, along with the memory foam mattress on the sleeper sofa. Look for the new lamps, arriving some time in June!
  • Window replacement in Building 2 is also complete, save for a few small items that will be buttoned up in the warmer weather. Even though we replaced over 72 windows and 30 balcony doors, only one dumpster was taken to the landfill! The remaining removed items have found new life as shelter at the community gardens, keeping the young plants warm overnight.
  • Working with our friends at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, we have been able to breathe new life into the Day Use room! The area now features wooden tables and a comfortable seating area, so you may relax or enjoy a comfortable meal during a day trip to the property.
  • Please help us congratulate Gus and Lori Gustine. They have won two Epic Local passes for next season! Stop by the Concierge Desk to ask how you can be entered to win, too.

Josh Stuhr
jstuhr@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com
General Manager, Grand Timber Lodge

Grand Timber Lodge Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Spring has sprung in the high country! We have enjoyed a wonderful winter and are starting to see the early signs of spring and some nice sunny weather. As the snow recedes around the property, we have begun spring cleanup projects that will help our property remain beautiful throughout the change in seasons. Breckenridge closing day is April 23, so be sure to come up and enjoy some spring skiing before the season is over!

While we continue to hold out hope for more snow, we opted to tempt Ullr and the snow gods by bringing out the summer lawn games. Giant Connect 4, bean bag toss and basketball supplies are available at the Front Desk for anyone who would like to enjoy the beautiful weather. We think that our efforts to attract more snow will be successful, as snow appeared in the forecast just after we brought the games out!

Here are some updates on what is going on around Grand Timber Lodge:

  • Please help us congratulate Lee Taylor and Ingrid Starer. They have both won two Epic Local passes for next season! Feel free to stop by the Concierge Desk to ask how you can be entered to win.
  • We are excited about kicking off our spring block schedule on April 15. Most exciting this spring will be the replacement of all living room furniture throughout the entire property. The first delivery of new furniture is set for April 15.
  • Attention avid sledding fans! We now have sleds to rent from our Activities department. For just $5 a day you can rent one of our sleds and take it to your favorite sledding spot, either here on property or in town!
  • New, high-speed garage doors have been installed on the Building 5 garage. These doors operate without the noise and vibration of the old doors, giving the surrounding units a more peaceful experience.
  • Have you heard about our Sustainable Stays program? We have launched this program to minimize our environmental impact. Ask the Front Desk for more details during your next stay and help us do our part to preserve the beauty of Summit County.

Josh Stuhr
General Manager, Grand Timber Lodge

Grand Timber Lodge Property Information

Letter from the General Manager

Greetings from your family at Grand Timber Lodge!

Signs of spring are starting to appear around Breckenridge and the resort. Temperatures are starting to rise, and with them the Spring Fever festivities! Kicking off with the GoPro Big Mountain Challenge on March 18, you will find events around both the town and the mountain all month. The warmer temperatures make for beautiful days and also result in HUGE amounts of snow. For the winter enthusiast, March is on average the snowiest month of the year!

During the warm days of breathtaking activities all around Breckenridge, the Lodgepole Bar and Grill is home to one of the area’s best happy hours! Running daily from 3-6 p.m., they offer food and drink specials outdoors, on the heated patio. The patio has just received upgraded heaters to take the chill off at the end of the day or as the shade creeps in. Stop by and enjoy select 2-for-1 appetizers during your next happy hour visit!

Congratulations to Betty Simpson, who won two Epic Local passes from our monthly drawing for January! Please contact our On Property Concierge at 970.547.3612 for details about entering the drawing.

Here are a few things that have been happening around the resort this month:

  • Refresh Spa is now offering microdermabrasion treatments. These services are available as their own treatment or as an add-on feature. Come in and enjoy this amazing new service!
  • New recycling containers have been placed in each hallway, near the elevator. Use these new, attractive bins as an easy collection place for all of your recyclables during your stay.
  • Similarly, new trash cans with windshield washing stations have been placed near the exits of the garages. Before you hit the road, take the time to clean off your windshield and headlights so you can travel safely.
  • Two new treadmills have been installed in the Building 6 fitness area. The new machines have the durability to help you train for a marathon!
  • A new, enclosed waiting area has been created for the shuttle. Just across the driveway from the previous waiting area you will find a partially enclosed area with a heater for chilly days. When weather permits, this will become a more permanent stop.

Josh Stuhr
General Manager, Grand Timber Lodge

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