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View from the Bottom

New Artwork at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8! Those of you who have been owners with us for a long time know that with each resort we’ve built, we have increased the range of amenities and services to accommodate your needs. We strive to make our resorts the best they can possibly be, to […]

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9th Annual BGV “Adopt-A-Trail” Projects!

We invite you to join Breckenridge Grand Vacations staff members for our 9th Annual Trail Maintenance Project.  Working with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, each year BGV “adopts” a section of a local trail in need of repair and maintenance. We also encourage our staff to participate in philanthropic efforts like this by offering 24 […]

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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’s just a few days away! This Saturday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m., walkers and runners will take their first steps in the Second Annual Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk in Breckenridge. We are looking to top last year’s crowd, when more than 1,000 walkers participated to honor my late brother Rob, who passed away in 2015, and to raise more than $201,000 for heart health research and awareness.

If you were able to join us last year, I don’t have to remind you of the tremendous energy and goodwill that permeated Carter Park and the streets and trails of Breckenridge. If you weren’t able to join us, I can only encourage you to come up this Saturday to see for yourself. It was an amazing testament to the power of family, and to BGV’s commitment to family. Almost no one showed up alone. BGV owners brought their families; employees brought their roommates and friends. And lots of people brought their dogs!

For those of you who are new to the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family, my brother Rob was an apparently healthy, vital man of 51. Just the previous spring he had completed the Boston Marathon in a very respectable time. Yet he passed away suddenly from undiagnosed heart disease. Had he known of his condition, it could have been treated with a readily accessible medication.

My partner, Mike Dudick, and I, as well as the entire community, decided that we wanted to do something to help prevent this tragedy for other families. We instituted what we intend to be an annual event both to honor Rob and to contribute to ongoing research to prevent and treat heart disease.

So please join us! Registration for this year’s event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Carter Park. The 5k trail run will start at 10:00 a.m.; walkers will start the 5k trail walk shortly afterward, at 10:15, and the one-mile town route will open at 10:30 a.m. There is no parking at Carter Park, so event parking will be at the South Gondola Lot, located just south of the BreckConnect Gondola. Shuttles will take participants to and from Carter Park, or participants are welcome to walk to the Park, a distance of less than a mile.

And we’ll take good care of you when you get here. Participants receive an event T-shirt and commemorative gifts, morning snacks and a heart healthy lunch. There will be live entertainment, booths with information on heart health, prize giveaways and children’s activities. There’s something for everyone!

One hundred percent of every dollar received at this event will be contributed to the Rob Millisor Heart Health Fund at the Summit Foundation to support heart health programs, education and research. What more could you ask? Food, exercise, fun and camaraderie while contributing to a great cause – not to mention a great excuse for a trip to the mountains on an early summer day. Information and pre-registration (open through Thursday, June 8) may be found here, but walk-in registration will also be available on the day of the event.

I hope you’ll decide to include us in your weekend plans. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

Owners Only

It’s finally summertime in the high country! 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.

For a chance to win 25 Reward Dollars, what is your go-to summer activity in Summit County?

Interval International Deposits Part III – Request First

This is the last of three articles about depositing your ownership week into your Interval International account. The first article addressed the steps for depositing your week. The second answered some of the most frequently asked questions that we encounter in the Interval Support department. In this final article of our mini-series, we will discuss the option of placing a request without depositing your owner week in advance. This is called a Request First waitlist.

If you have an ownership week at your home resort that you don’t want to give up until you know that you can travel to a different, specific destination, you have the option of placing a request without yet depositing your unit. In this way, you indicate to Interval that you are willing to deposit a week if, and only if, you are matched to a certain resort in the timeframe you request. If there is no match, you can keep your owner week and come to Breckenridge for it.

This is a great way to keep your options open if you’re still on the fence and don’t want to lose a great owner week but are considering an alternative destination.

The limitation of a Request First waitlist is that you can only place a request up to and including the dates of your actual reservation at your Breckenridge resort. For example, if you have a reservation for Spring Break in 2018 from March 17 to 24, your Request First waitlist can include those dates, with the latest requested check-in date of March 17, 2018.

Like the Deposit First waitlist, you pay the Exchange fee (currently $189) up front and your request stays active through the dates that you requested. In the above example, it is possible that you could receive an email notification on March 15 confirming your exchange starting on March 17. Please make a note in your personal calendar to keep an eye out for any email notifications that may come in and cancel your request when you feel that it is too late to make travel arrangements.

Unlike the Deposit First waitlist, once you receive a match with the Request First waitlist you do not have a 24-hour grace period to decline the match. An Exchange that you receive through a Request First waitlist is non-refundable and after you receive a match you cannot take the owner week back. It is automatically deposited and you relinquish your Breckenridge owner week as soon as you are matched to your request.

If you need to make changes to the Exchange, you do have an option to add ePlus for $54 up to five days after the confirmation email, which allows you to re-trade up to three times into inventory that you see available.

Keep the Request First option in mind if you consider Interval for travel during a high-demand time to a high-demand destination, if you already have that with your owner week at your Breckenridge home.

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If you have any questions about depositing your reservation or anything else related to Interval, please reach out to us at 877-453-4440. We are always happy to assist you.

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.

This is the time of year that I get to brag. A few weeks ago, about 50 Breckenridge Grand Vacations employees traveled to New Orleans for the annual convention of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the international professional organization of the timeshare industry. This convention brings together timeshare professionals from around the country and the world to learn, to share ideas and to support each other in our shared goal of providing the best in vacation experiences.

On the final evening of the convention, ARDA holds an Awards Gala to honor winners in categories across the spectrum of roles required to run topnotch resorts. I am proud to report that this year, of the 22 employees and projects BGV nominated for awards, 20 were named as finalists and eight took home the ARDY Gold!

The competition for these awards is intense, and only individuals at the very top of their game will take home the highest honors. These employees have worked hard to learn their crafts and to apply them daily with the highest standards of performance. So even though you may not recognize these names, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly recognize the following individuals for their excellence.

Mike Hurwitch Information Technology

Rob Catalano Information Technology

Matt Dimler Information Technology

Jeff Lewis  Information Technology

Amy Hoffmann Accounting

Mindy McGowan Contracts Administration

Greg Jordan Owner/Customer Relations

Karen Hackett Marketing

Peter O’Neill Sales

Glenn Brady Sales

David McEnery Sales

If you’ve had the pleasure of interacting with any of these employees, I have no doubt you’d agree that they deserve these honors. But even if you haven’t, it is my hope that this recognition will make you more confident than ever that your vacation ownership is in good hands with BGV!

Mike Millisor
GrandVacations@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com