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Owners Only

2015 is the year of change at Breckenridge Grand Vacations: a new property, new features on Grand Central and now a brand-new owner blog! This blog is another tool to help all owners stay up-to-date with events, property updates and to communicate with us. We have created a more user-friendly layout, a calendar of events, and a quick link navigation system.

We want to know what tools, features and content you would like to see added to our owner blog. So take a look around and let us know what else you would like to see. Comment below or send an email to customerservice@breckenridgegrandvacations.com with your suggestions and a chance to win 25 Reward Dollars!

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It’s only February and Ullr, the Norse God of Snow, has already blessed Breckenridge with over 196 inches of champagne powder! With our snowiest months still ahead there is still tons of fun to be had!

For a chance to win 25 Reward Dollars share your favorite ski memory and what you’re most excited for this ski season!  Share your best story and most anticipated moment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email your answers to CustomerService@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com!

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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.

About fifteen years ago, we implemented a New Employee Orientation program. Each new employee spends his or her first day on the job learning about the foundation of our company – the BGV culture of customer service – before they move into training for particular job skills and responsibilities. We explore the many dimensions and expectations carried by our company’s passion statement – “Our Family Commitment: Always Grand Vacations.”

A few weeks ago as I sat with about half a dozen new employees at the orientation session, I couldn’t help but wonder what they thought of my emphasis on our passion and commitment to customer service. Did they get it? Did they think it was just lip service, or a show, something to get them pumped up on their first day of work? Did they think I was living in a dream world, removed from the day-to-day challenges of resort staffing? Or just plain hokey?

 In a culture that talks about customer service more often than providing it, maybe I do sometimes go a bit over the top in articulating my passion for creating fantastic vacations. But I also know that I am not the only one with this passion. I know that an increasing number of our employees stay with BGV for years because they have also caught the fever.

Providing great customer service isn’t something we are all born knowing how to do. It takes focus, practice, and learning to anticipate all the little things that go into providing a seamless experience for you, our owners. That is why we start this training from day one, and why I encourage our more experienced employees to mentor the newer ones, as well as to be open to what even they can learn from the newer people. And perhaps most important, I make it clear that if they are approaching their work correctly, they will learn most from listening to our owners and guests to find out what makes a grand vacation for you and your family.

We may not be perfect, much as we would like to be. It is something we are constantly working on, striving for. But you want to get me worked up over a topic? You want to know what my passion is? Ask one of the new employees in that orientation session.

Hokey? Maybe a little. Serious? You bet.

Mike Millisor
GreatVacations@breckenridgegrandvacations.com

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Alpine Adventures Dogsledding

Looking for a hands-on adventure in a majestic winter setting? Let Alpine Adventures take you on a dog sledding excursion that the whole family will enjoy. Plus, you can meet and greet your adorable team of dogs!

Their tagsled tour is a great way for the family to experience the Alaskan lifestyle of a musher! You and your guide will be pulled by 8-12 dogs through the beautiful winter scenery and snow-covered meadows, surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in Colorado. As you get on the trails, the guide will give you the opportunity to drive, ride and control a larger team! With a completely dog powered sled, it is a peaceful, relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

This is a GRAND opportunity to add some excitement to your vacation while making memories that will last a lifetime. Transportation is included with these activities if you book ahead of time. So, bundle up for the ride of your life time!

For more information about this activity or any other please use the inquiry form below!

 

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center Grand Opening

Join us on Saturday, January 10, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 103 S. Harris Street in Breckenridge for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library!

The community will gather in the front of the building for a toast and ribbon cutting ceremony after hearing from key members of this historical renovation project. Once inside, there will be various children’s crafts such as personalized library cards and book totes, photobooth, book signing by Sandie Mather, as well as the unveiling of a handcrafted quilt designed and made by the Summit County Quilters. The Speakeasy Movie Theater has also reopened and has installed a new digital projector.

After more than 100 years since its original construction, the schoolhouse on Harris Street will once again have new life. After extensive renovations and restoration, the building will now house the south branch of the Summit County Library, Speakeasy Movie Theatre, several non-profit offices including The Summit Foundation and Breckenridge Festival of Film, an archive room for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance as well as community rooms available for public use.

The building has housed various tenants over the past century. Starting as a high school, it became Town Hall, housed the fire department, sheriff’s office, dance studios, Colorado Mountain College, and more.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is proud to have partnered with the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County Government on such a community-centered project.

“We invite our owners and guests to come and enjoy the new state-of-the-art library facility, take their family to view a feature film at the updated Speakeasy Movie Theatre, and even sit back to take in the spectacular views on the new reading deck. We want our owners and guests to feel as they have a stake in Breckenridge, and this is the place for them to feel like a part of the community. “

For more information, visit: www.BGVCenter.org

Property Taxes on Breckenridge Grand Vacation Residences

Many owners have requested that there be a line item on the dues billing for property taxes that states which part of the yearly association dues is for property taxes deductible on individual income tax returns.  Unfortunately, this subject is more complicated than it appears.  The amount included in dues is an estimate of what the Homeowners Association expects to owe in future periods. Taxpayers may deduct the amount of tax actually paid in the tax year.

Below are links to the property tax information for your appropriate Breckenridge Grand Vacation Residence:

2014 Property Taxes on GL7 units

2014 Property Taxes on GTL units

2014 Gold Point property tax

We are not able to advise you on your personal income tax preparation, but these amounts and documentation should provide enough information for you and your personal tax advisor to make and informed decision on what to deduct for 2014.

Good luck!