Five Apps for Going Green in 2017

Breckenridge Grand Vacations has adopted many sustainability-minded business practices, and, as we celebrate a new year and new resolutions, we encourage our BGV family to consider including a commitment to be more green in 2017. Not sure where to start? Well, there’s an app for that. Each of the following smart phone applications is available free of charge and will help you to become more green in 2017.

  1. JouleBug is designed to make eco-friendly behaviors social and fun! The app features a huge list of sustainable actions and rewards users with points when they engage in those behaviors. Every suggestion about an eco-friendly habit or practice that becomes a reality is a way to earn pins, trophies, badges, and other assorted goodies. You can follow your friends to see how they’re doing and compete against them to see who gets the most points. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. GoodGuide is a guide to environmental shopping. The app lets you scan a product’s barcode or search it and then gives rankings based on health, environment, and societal impact. GoodGuide employs scientists and technology experts to complete the product analyses, so you can be confident that the information you’re getting is trustworthy. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. OroEco is a fun, easy, and rewarding way for everyone to get involved in climate action. OroEco is a service that automatically tracks your impacts on climate change, and then rewards you for helping to be part of the solution. The app helps you to quantify your own environmental footprint and allows you to compare it with others in your virtual community. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. Environmental Working Group, or EWG, makes healthy living easy. This app has ratings for more than 120,000 food and personal care products, and allows you to scan products and review ratings in order to help you make better healthy living choices. You can also browse over 140 EWG Verified products. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. iRecycle is the premiere application for finding local (in the United States only), convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. It provides access to more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials in the United States. You can customize your search based on what you’re trying to recycle and iRecycle will find the nearest recycling facility for you. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Remember Always GRAND, Always GREEN!

Yours in sustainability,
Breckenridge Grand Vacations

Interval International Tips for Success

Did you know that Breckenridge Grand Vacations employs a full team of Interval International Support Liaisons whose sole purpose is to help owners maximize their membership with this 3rd party trading network? To the timeshare world, this is unique, because most owners have to contact Interval International directly in Miami for their trading needs. Breckenridge Grand Vacation owners have exclusive access to a team that focuses on quality rather than quantity in order to assist you with planning travel within this worldwide network of resort partners. We consistently offer tips and tricks in order to help you, the owner, gain the most utility from this service. Here are three such tips, that if followed correctly, will undoubtedly help you to succeed in using this trading network:

 

  1. Plan ahead. Typically, we will see the most open inventory available when searching nine to twelve months ahead of time. The reason for this is that most timeshares will allow owners to book their ownership weeks one year in advance, so this is when the majority of owners decide to deposit their units with Interval International. There are always exceptions to this rule, but historically, this has been the inventory trend for most locations. 
  1. Be flexible. I’m not talking about being able to touch your toes, although that is important, but rather about being open to multiple weeks and/or resorts for a potential Exchange. One of the main advantages of using Interval International is the vast number of lodging partners that owners in Breckenridge have access to trade into. Therefore, if you do not see live availability for a specific week in the specific resort you are looking for, you may want to consider other, very comparable, alternative options.
  2. Use waitlists. Is there no live availability for a potential exchange to your desired location? If so, setting up a waitlist can be a very viable solution. Once inventory does become available, owners can automatically be matched to their requested resort. In the past, Interval International has instituted a “Rule of Three,” in the sense that, when setting up a waitlist, users had to choose from one resort for a three-week period, three separate resorts for a single week, or a combination of the two. Within the last month, Interval International has amended this rule to allow members to select one resort for one week for very specific requests. However, our department will always recommend that you add as many resorts as possible, for the most broadened travel period, to increase your chances of successfully receiving a match.

2016 Property Taxes

Many owners have requested that there be a line item on the dues billing for property taxes, which states what part of the yearly association dues should be listed as the 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 property tax information for your Breckenridge Grand Vacation Residence:

Grand Lodge on Peak 7 property tax

Grand Timber Lodge property tax

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 an informed decision regarding what to deduct for 2016.

Green Tip

Take-out food containers are a huge source of consumer waste. Whether it’s a styrofoam restaurant take-out container or plastic packaging from the supermarket deli, if you and everyone else contributes even a small amount every day, it adds up to a big impact. And it isn’t just containers: plastic forks and spoons, straws, and cups count too. We will all be paying for that convenience with negative environmental impacts for years to come. Take it easy on your wallet, as well as the environment, by investing in various sizes of reusable plastic containers, and make and pack your own lunches to bring to work or school. Even if you change this practice just a few days a week, the planet will thank you.

Ski Rentals

Planning your winter vacation to Breckenridge? Avoid the hassle of setting up your ski or snowboard equipment rental by booking your rental online before you arrive. Below is a list of companies that have partnered with Breckenridge Grand Vacations to offer additional discounts to owners and guests.

  • Blue River Sports is the shop we recommend to Gold Point Resort guests, located across from the Village next to Mi Casa. Receive a 10-percent discount when booking online or as a walk-in. Guests may reserve equipment online at blueriversports.com.
  • Breckenridge Sports offers our guests a 25-percent discount when reserving online or a 20-percent discount in person. It is located right at the base of Peak 7 in the Crystal Peak Lodge, which is next door to the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. To receive the discount, go to rentskis.com/bgv and be sure to choose the Peak 7 location in Breckenridge.
  • Ski Butlers is a delivery service offering a 10-percent discount to guests at any of our properties. They have a large selection of gear and provide on-property delivery with in-room fittings and slope-side adjustments. To book, go to http://www.skibutlers.com/breckenridge-ski-rentals.
  • Christy Sports offers a 20-percent discount online and 20-percent for walk-in guests. Guests may reserve equipment online at http://rental.christysports.com/bgv.

Using your Epic Pass with Interval International

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Located about 40 miles west of Breckenridge is the town of Vail, home of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in the 1980s and 1990s and recently the site of the Burton U.S. Open. As anyone that has had the privilege of riding on Vail’s legendary slopes will attest, the seemingly limitless terrain has something for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. Nearby, Beaver Creek Resort has a very relaxed atmosphere, endless mogul runs and most importantly, free cookies at the end of the day! Popular resorts in the Vail and Avon area include the Marriott’s StreamSide, Park Plaza at Beaver Creek and the Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, among others.

The town of Park City, Utah, draws many parallels to Breckenridge in terms of world-class ski resorts, amazing night-life and maintaining signature small-town values through continued growth and expansion. With 7,300 acres of terrain available on the Park City resort, Exchange and Getaway guests will continue to find secret stashes long into their week-long stay. Marriott’s Summit Watch and the Westgate Park City Resort and Spa are very comparable resorts to the Grand Timber Lodge and Grand Lodge on Peak 7 here in Breckenridge.

For guests looking to travel further west than the Rocky Mountains, Epic Pass holders now have access to Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region. The Marriott Grand Residence Club, the Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, and The Ridge Tahoe are very viable Premier and Elite-rated locations to potentially Exchange into. Further north, Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia has recently been acquired by Vail Resorts, opening up this Olympic site for all Interval International owners. Embarc-Whistler and Powder’s Edge are typically top choices for our valued owners.