Five Tips for a Greener Holiday Season

stocksnap_38vxly6humAndy Williams deemed this time of year as the “most wonderful time of the year” and BGV couldn’t agree more with this statement. However, this time of year can also be pretty wasteful. During the seasonal cheer, we ought to show some extra care for the environment. After all, the holidays do not have to be a burden on the planet and its resources.

Here are some sustainable gifting and wrapping ideas to help you celebrate and spread some red and greener cheer.

  • Look for locally made gifts. Many gifts in the marketplace are made and transported from halfway around the world. Local craft fairs and shops offer a good source for gifts without the added costs of transporting them from around the world.
  • Choose gifts made from recycled materials. Many businesses and individuals develop great products using recycled content. Check out some of Eartheasy’s recommendations on recycled content gifts.
  • Choose battery-free gifts. The EPA estimates that 40-percent of battery product sales occur during the holiday season. The EPA also estimates that Americans purchase nearly three billion dry-cell batteries every year, with alkaline batteries being the most common type. These batteries are very safe and effective but over time can contaminate the environment and groundwater if thrown away rather than recycled. Check out some of these naturally powered toys.
  • Use environmentally friendly wrapping paper. The United States’ annual trash from wrapping paper totals over four million tons. To help reduce waste, choose wrapping paper made from sustainable fibers such as hemp or paper using recycled content. Repurposing brown paper grocery bags is another great alternative source, too!
  • Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper. This kind of “paper” is difficult to recycle and it has no value for use as mulch since there are heavy metals used in the foil paper. Foil gift wrap is also harder to reuse because it wrinkles and creases easily when a gift is being unwrapped.

For more alternatives for green gift-wrapping ideas, check out Eartheasy’s guide to gift wrapping alternatives.

Interval International Lingo

Interval International Lingo

Comprehending and understanding all facets of Interval International’s services can be intimidating. Understanding the basic fundamentals and terms associated with your Interval International membership can be a great start to maximizing the value you gain from their services. Below are a few brief explanations of Interval International’s most common terms and types of reservations:

Deposit: (verb) This is when you take your week at your home resort and put it into the Interval International (II) system, and in return a week is put on your account to be used within two years of the original check-out. (noun) We refer to the week on your account as a “deposit”.

Exchange: (verb) This is when you take your deposited week and utilize it to book a stay through the Interval International network. (noun) We then refer to the stay you booked as an exchange.

Getaway: These are week long rentals available through the II network. On average they can cost between $150 to $2,500 depending on the week, resort, and unit size you are interested in.

Bonus Week/Accommodation Certificate: (noun) An extra week of vacation provided to you by Interval International or your home resort. These are generally going to be based on a travel grid of II’s extra inventory, and will cost between $250 and $400 depending on what size unit you book.

ShortStay: (noun) This option is available only to individuals with a Gold membership or Club Interval Gold membership. This is where you can split your full week traditional deposit into two short stays, ranging from 1 to 6 nights each. Points deposited through the Club Interval Gold membership can be used to book short stays of various point values based on time of year, resort, and size of unit.

Hopefully these terms can serve as a helpful reminder or a basic foundation for your future actions and conversations regarding your Interval International membership.

Tip of the month: As an owner with Breckenridge Grand Vacations, you have access to a team of individuals within the Owner Relations department that serve as your personal advisors for all things Interval International related. These Interval International Liaisons have access to your ownership at your home resort, as well as your II account. They can be reached Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm MT at 877-453-4440, option 1, and then option 3.

Season Passes

 Holly BNovember 10, 2017 marks the beginning of the 2017/18 ski season! While you may still be enjoying fall, it’s time to start planning for winter fun. Currently, single day adult lift ticket prices range from $106–$151 and children’s prices range from $64–$98.

If you plan to ski or ride for more than four days, a season pass will save you and your family money and time. If you are planning on only a day or two on the ski hill, book your tickets online now.

We want to note that we have no affiliation with Vail Resorts or control of tickets sales or ticket prices. All tickets must be purchased from Vail Resorts, which can be done here. The breakdown below is a comprehensive overview of the different pass options and prices. We hope this will help you and your family to make the most of your next trip to Breckenridge.

Epic:

  • Good for avid skiers that want to have unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Park City and may want to travel to Europe, Italy, France, Austria or Switzerland to ski.
  • Adults- $899* | Child-$469*
  • Also included is unlimited access to Whistler Blackcomb, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Perisher and Arapahoe Basin
  • Not transferable and may not be resold

Epic Local:

  • Good for skiers that want access to Breckenridge over holiday weekends and Christmas/New Years.
  • Adult-$679* | Teen-$539* | Child-$359*
  • Also included is unlimited access to Keystone, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin.
  • 10 restricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb ans Stowe.
  • Restricted access at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Restricted dates include 11/24/17-11/25/17, 12/26/17-12/31/17, 1/13/2018, 2/17/18-2/18/18
  • Not transferable and may not be resold

Summit Value Pass:

  • Good for those not planning to ski during holiday timeframes at Breckenridge.
  • Adult-$559* | Teen-$449* | Child-$329*
  • Unlimited access to Keystone and Arapahoe basin
  • Restricted access at Breckenridge. Restricted dates include 11/24/17-11/25/17, 12/26/17-12/31/17, 1/13/2018, 2/17/18-2/18/18.
  • Not transferable and may not be resold

Epic 7-Day:

  • Good for skiers that won’t ski more than seven days, but want unrestricted access to all ski slopes.
  • Adult-$679* | Child-$359*
  • Seven unlimited tickets valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Whistler Blackcomb, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe and Arapahoe Basin.
  • Not transferable and may not be resold

Epic 4-Day:

  • Good for skiers that won’t ski more than four days, but want unlimited access to all ski slopes.
  • Adult-$459* | Child-$249*
  • Four unlimited tickets valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Whistler Blackcomb, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe and Arapahoe Basin.
  • Not transferable and may not be resold

Keystone/A-Basin Pass:

  • Good for those looking for the most cost effective way to ski multiple days while on vacation during non-holiday timeframes.
  • Access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited holiday restrictions.
  • Adult-$369* | Child-$279*
  • Restricted 11/24/17-11/25/17, 12/26/17-12/31/17, 1/13/2018, 2/17/18-2/18/18.
  • No access to Breckenridge
  • Not transferable and may not be resold

*prices are subject to change

 

Interval International Tip: E-Plus

Have you ever exchanged into a one-bedroom unit because a two-bedroom was not available? Or, have you settled for a Sunday check-in when you really preferred a Saturday? In these types of situations, utilizing the E-plus option for $54 is an excellent resource. This option allows you to re-trade your exchange up to three times, without paying an additional exchange fee! E-Plus is a resource you can purchase at the time of booking and up to five days later. This option is a good choice for anyone who has booked a seven-night exchange and would like the ability to take advantage of a better option, if it becomes available.

One word of caution, not explicitly stated: if you utilize one of your E-plus re-trades inside of 60 days of the check-in date of your original exchange, there will be a late restriction applied. This late restriction will only allow you to check for availability inside of 60 days from the date you are re-trading. The late restriction will apply to any of the remaining re-trades that you utilize. It’s important to be aware of this if you would like to make last minute re-trades.

Owner Tip: Self-Rentals

If you are planning on renting your unit out on your own, please pay attention to a new ordinance by the Town of Breckenridge for short-term rentals. The town of Breckenridge now requires that any unit rented on a short-term basis must display a Breckenridge Business License Number in any advertising. We can provide you with the specific license number for your property, so please contact the Owner Support department if you prefer to rent on your own and before advertising your rental.

For our full guide to self-rentals see below: 

If you choose not to participate in our rental program, you have the option of renting out your unit on your own. You may list your rental at any rate you feel appropriate, and we are more than happy to disclose the rates we are charging. To check prices, please call our Owner Support department. You may either rent your week to multiple guests or as one full stay, in order to generate as much income as possible. Many owners utilize vacation rental websites, family and friends, or even social media to find renters.

Listed below are some websites in which owners have had success in the past:

◘   www.redweek.com                                                              ◘   www.vrbo.com

◘   www.vacationtimesharerentals.com                            ◘   www.craigslist.com

◘   www.homeaway.com                                                         ◘   www.flipkey.com

When posting your ad, you are more than welcome to steer owners to our websites to take virtual tours of the units, view amenities, and show what the resort has to offer.

We recommend that you have a contract with any renter to establish rates, policies, etc. Once you have secured a renter for your unit, please give us a call with their name(s) and contact information, including an email address so that a confirmation for their stay can be sent. Your renter will need to have an ID and a major credit card for incidentals upon check-in. You will be responsible for all payments between you and your renter.

You are more than welcome to actively look for renters while you are participating in our rental program. However, we can only accept your renter if your unit hasn’t been rented out or if we are able to move any existing reservations to another available unit. You are allotted one full clean per week, so keep in mind if you are renting your unit on your own and you have more than one renter that you will be responsible for a cleaning fee between stays. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Owner Support department Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

Owner Week Trade Forum

owner trade

Not able to use your owner week? Please remember that there are several options available for owners who find they cannot use their reserved time in any given year.

One great option is to swap weeks with another owner via the online Owner Weeks Trade Forum, located in the Owner’s Info section of Grand Central This service is free of charge and can be a great alternative to giving your week away to a friend or family member, renting your time or depositing it with Interval International.

To switch owner weeks, both owners will need to agree to the swap and contact the Owner Relations department to confirm. Once both owners have confirmed the swap, the dates will be changed and new confirmation emails will be sent. These weeks will act exactly like the original owner week, so all policies will remain the same.

For more information, please contact our Owner Relations department at 877.453.4440. They are available Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.