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Mountain Bike Trail Highlight: Blair Witch

Have you made it out on the trails yet? Blair Witch is a great trail to start your season on. This 1.4 miles winding trail is perfect for an easy/intermediate trail rider. Switching between open space and trees, this ride will keep you on your toes.

The trail is located off Tiger Road near the Dredge Boat Trailhead. Blair Witch connects to the Horseshoe Gulch Trail and the Hay Trail.

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Interval International Tip

Trying to plan a fun-filled family vacation?  It can be difficult to find just the right place for everyone, especially when there’s limited availability.  But don’t worry – there’s no need to fear!  Here are some suggestions of fun activities at a few locations that typically have plenty of exchange availability through Interval International:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  • The Theme Parks – Disney World, Sea World Orlando, and Universal Studios
  • Gatorland – the Alligator Capital of the World
  • Rebounderz – a giant, 15,000 square foot indoor trampoline arena
  • Central Florida Zoo
  • Kennedy Space Center – only an hour drive
  • Daytona Beach – only an hour drive
  1. Williamsburg, VA
  • Busch Gardens – amusement park
  • Water Country, USA – a giant water park
  • Historic Jamestowne – a cultural heritage site
  • The Governor’s Palace
  • Williamsburg Botanical Garden
  • Day trip to Washington D.C. – a 2 ½ hour drive 
  1. Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Skiing – Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Kirkwood
  • Emerald Bay State Park – hiking, fishing, swimming, scuba diving/snorkeling)
  • Hang Gliding – Hang Gliding Tahoe
  • Whitewater Rafting – Tributary Whitewater Tours or IRIE Rafting Company
  • Helicopter Tours – Reno Tahoe Helicopters
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides – Lake Tahoe Balloons
  1. Branson, MO
  • Silver Dollar City – amusement park
  • The Titanic Museum
  • Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
  • Branson White Water – water park
  • Talking Rocks Cavern – a natural cave
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum – “An Amazing Display of the Odd & Unusual”

Be sure to call in and speak with any of our Interval International Liaisons to check on availability for your next family vacation! They can be reached Monday – Saturday from 9am-5pm Mountain Time at 877-453-4440.

Tip of the Month:

With an Interval Gold or Platinum Membership, you have access to excellent hotel, dining, & leisure discounts whenever and wherever! If you’d like to see what sort of local discounts and coupons you can get while on vacation, click the “Benefits” tab on www.intervalworld.com, and search through the SaversGuide under the “Entertainment” ® Hotel, Dining, & Leisure discounts” button. Coupons can either be printed or presented on your mobile device by downloading the mobile App.

 Happy Traveling!

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Owner Tip

Life is busy and we know you have a lot going on without having to remember when your exact booking day is – so we’re here to help!  Here are a few tips to help make sure you don’t miss out on these important days!

  • If you aren’t sure when your booking day is call 877-453-4440 and any Owner Support Specialist will let you know when to call.
  • Set a few calendar reminders in your phone or online calendar!
  • Check your email for a booking day reminder.
  • Like your resort on Facebook and look for booking day reminders.

View from the Bottom

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

“Company culture” has become something of a buzz word in the business world.  It refers to the “personality” of a company, and specifically, what it feels like from an employee’s perspective to work there.

When this concept came to our attention a few years ago, we instituted a practice of asking every employee in our company to write and submit a brief essay articulating their experience of the company culture of Breckenridge Grand Vacations.  This exercise serves as a sort of milestone as each employee reaches the completion of her or her first year of employment.

What has become clear as the employee essays roll in is that the company’s culture is not defined by the company owners – Mike Dudick, my brother Rob and myself – or even by the executive team.  The culture of BGV, the tone of the work environment, the support and cooperation among co-workers, the high standards of service they work to maintain, and the deep sense of family, are now owned by all.  They are a part of each executive, manager, supervisor and employee.  And happily, their perceptions did in fact match up with what we have always aspired to create.

As I read through the essays, though, it also dawned on me that it is through becoming part of the BGV team rather than through our formal training programs that the reality of the culture of family and of service is passed on to new employees and from them to new members of our vacation ownership family.  They learn it from the day-to-day interaction with their co-workers; they absorb it from the environment.

 That might make executives of some companies nervous, feeling that they may have lost “control” of the orientation of new employees and of the evolving company culture.  On the contrary, I couldn’t be happier.  The fact that our employees can so clearly voice the sense of family that they have experienced here and the commitment to excellent service they are a part of, and more, that new employees feel drawn into that culture from their first day, tells me that we have done something right.  It tells me that everyone, from top down and bottom up, knows that they have a seat on the bus, and that they know that even if they aren’t driving – and don’t even want to drive – the bus, they know that it is important that their seat is filled, and that it is filled by them.

Family is who we have aspired to be, and family is what we have become.  It is also clear from the essays that our employees really do feel that you, our owners, are part of the family.  That is no small part of what keeps them working for BGV, looking forward to seeing you on your next visit to Breckenridge.  It is also what makes me proudest of all we have accomplished.

Mike Millisor
GreatVacations@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com

 

Owners Only

Being an owner with Breckenridge Grand Vacations comes with more perks than you’d imagine! Not only do you have access to Breckenridge’s premier properties with the best onsite amenities – you get tons of discounts in town too!

Shop on Main Street, treat yourself to a delicious coffee, or go out to dinner with your Owner Card and enjoy one of the other great perks of being an owner with Breckenridge Grand Vacations.  Our vendor program spans across a variety of stores in town and we encourage you to take advantage of it!

Which merchant program partner do you look forward to visiting while in Breckenridge? Answer below for a chance to win $25 to your preferred partner!

Check out our list of merchant partners below:

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Performance Tours Rafting

performance rafting toursSpring has melted our winter snow and the rivers are flowing and waiting for you! It’s time to take in our beautiful Colorado scenery from a unique vantage point – a Performance Tour whitewater raft!

Whether you are interested in a calm, relaxing scenic float trip, or an exhilarating adventure where you can paddle ‘till your heart’s content, Performance Tours has the trip for you!

The Mild and Scenic float is ideal for those with young children.  With your guides assistance you’ll meander down the Arkansas River amidst the beautiful canyons and mountains.  This trip is a great introduction to rafting and perfect for multi-generational families as the minimum age to participate is only four.

For more excitement check out the Class III Browns Canyon Trip. This trip is one of the most popular tours on the Arkansas River.  You will paddle through a proposed National Monument and below the spectacular Collegiate Peaks.  If you opt for a full day on the river you’ll be treated to a delicious riverside lunch.  This trip will get your heart pumping as you paddle through the roaring rapids.  Please note, all guests must be four or older.

For the experienced rafters, ages 16 and older, the Numbers offers a thrilling day on the river for those looking for an adrenaline rush.  You must be in good physical condition to paddle through the class IV and V rapids that rage through the steep and tight canyons. Be prepared to be splashed!

Whichever trip you choose, let this award-winning company be part of your rafting summer fun! If you desire a longer trip (3/4 or full day), you can find special deals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Contact your Activities Coordinators for more information, specials and discounts.