IMG_0259When heading up the mountain this winter, pay attention to the new tire regulation laws. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be strictly enforcing these traction laws on I-70 this winter. Violators can be fined more than $130 for inadequate equipment or more than $650 for causing a blockage or accident with inadequate equipment.

The new traction laws are broken down into two codes:

CODE 15-TRACTION LAW: If CDOT implements a Code 15, all vehicles must have snow tires, tires with the mud/snow designation or be a four-wheel drive vehicle. All tires must also have a minimum 1/8 inch tread.

CODE 16-PASSENGER VEHICLE CHAIN LAW: During a severe storm CDOT will issue a Code 16. This is the final safety measure used before the highway will be closed. This code will require EVERY vehicle on the highway to have chains or an alternative traction device.

CDOT will post alerts to these codes on highway signage, or GovDelivery notifications. To sign up for GovDelivery notification go here. For frequently asked questions and more details on these tire regulation laws please visit:

There have been some changes in how owners and guests can purchase lift tickets for the 2015-16 ski season. In years past, we have been able to offer discounted lift tickets and passes on property as part of an Update Tour. We are no longer able to sell or gift lift tickets on property. Additionally, many outlets for rentals and even grocery stores that previously offered discounted lift tickets are no longer selling lift tickets.

To save on lift tickets and passes, we advise visiting as the best deals can be found there and by purchasing in advance.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is most often associated with getting together with family and friends, eating too much, and wondering what mad scientist first thought of combining sweet potatoes with marshmallows.

The town of Breckenridge offers many unique dining experiences for this upcoming Thanksgiving, with the added bonus of bypassing the worst part of the holiday: dishes. Here is a list of some of our favorite restaurants in town for Turkey Day.


Hearthstone will be offering a Thanksgiving dinner starting at 2 p.m.

Hearthstone Restaurant is widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in Summit County, and this premier dining experience will be available to all for Thanksgiving. Founded in 1989, Hearthstone Restaurant prides itself on serving locally grown products with an emphasis on taste and freshness. To secure yourself a seat call 970.453.1148, or visit their website for a more detailed explanation of their menu options.

Quandary Grille
is located just moments away from the base Peak 9 and offers unrivaled views of the ski resort with the relaxed atmosphere of being removed from Main Street. Serving traditional Thanksgiving lunch and dinner, Quandary Grille is an ideal location for those looking for a familiar dining experience while being away from home. For additional information visit their website or call them at 970.547.5969.


Motherloaded Tavern will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Thanksgiving options for all.

Motherloaded Tavern 
will be offering an early Thanksgiving dinner for those that just can’t wait. Opening at 11 a.m, you can pick between the roasted turkey breast Thanksgiving plate, Thanksgiving day “left-overs”, kids plate, fresh pumpkin pie or anything on the normal full menu. Happy hour will be served all day long, but doors close at 3 p.m. so don’t wait to long to start filling your belly. To see a full menu and drink options visit their website or call 970.453.2572.

Spencer’s Steaks & Spirits will be hosting an all you can eat buffet serving a wide variety of Thanksgiving themed dishes. Whether you would prefer something light like a simple soup and salad combination, or a hearty dish piled with enough halibut, turkey, and prime rib to make the heartiest of carnivore blush, Spencer’s will be able to provide for all members of your group. Call 970.453.8755 to make a reservation or view the menu here.


Sevens will be serving s set Thanksgiving dinner menu.

Sevens Restaurant will be a top dining option for all Breckenridge Grand Vacations owners and guests staying at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Serving a three course meal consisting of a soup or salad starter, a Cornish game hen for the entrée, and dessert of your choice, Sevens is a great choice for those looking for their most convenient dining option. Take a look at their full Thanksgiving menu here and call 970.496.8910 for more information and to make your reservation.

This is just a small taste of what you can expect to find when coming to Breckenridge this Thanksgiving. The lifts will start spinning on the 13th and the town will be relatively quiet during this time so book your trip now and let us treat you to a Grand Thanksgiving!

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

There is nothing like losing someone dear, to remind one how precious all the other people in one’s life are.  My business partner Mike and I, and our entire staff, have come through the most difficult time in the history of our company.  The loss of my brother Rob has devastated all of us, and we have only begun to recognize the many ways in which we will miss him.  I know no one who gave himself more completely to his family, his work, and his community than Rob did.

The thing is, for Rob all of it was about family.  There is no doubt that his wife Amy, his daughter Claire and son Grady held a special place in his life, but in reality the idea of family had no boundaries for Rob.  Growing throughout his career to include all BGV employees, owners and guests, in the last weeks of his life Rob’s family had grown to include the world.  The photos we have of his last days, helping to provide medical care to victims of the earthquake in Nepal, show Rob grinning from ear to ear, enjoying every minute of his humanitarian journey.

This must come as no surprise to those of you who had a chance to meet Rob, but the outpouring of sympathy that everyone at BGV has received from so many of you, our owners, tells me that even if you hadn’t met him, you had met his spirit in the way we have always worked to put service at the top of our priorities as we built the company together.  I cannot thank you enough for reaching out to us and reminding us at this difficult time, that we do indeed have a very big, and very special, family supporting us.

I can’t count how many times, over the past few weeks, I have heard employees talking about how to honor Rob’s legacy, and it always comes down to the same thing: to never stop nurturing his spirit in everything we do, from providing wonderful vacation experiences, to volunteering our time in the community, to supporting the company’s philanthropic outreach.  In acknowledgement of the profound way in which you have made us part of your family during these difficult days, we renew our commitment to always regard you as part of our family.

Mike Millisor

The snow is falling and with Ullr’s help we will hopefully have a grand ski season. While most love spending their time on the ski hill, it can be nice to take a break from the crowds. What is your favorite non-skiing activity to do during the winter in Breckenridge?

Answer below for a chance to win 25 Reward Dollars!

Take a look at some of the pre-winter fun owners are having:

Spring Break 2021. We are here for it!
🎿 🏔 ❄️ ⛷

#breckenridge #skitown #skiing #familyoffour #familyvacay #colorado #colorfulcolorado #winter #springbreak2021 #wanderlust #peak7 #snowday #saturdayvibes #inthemountains #mountaintopview #grandlodgeonpeak7

Rob - “My body hurts...I can’t even smile right now!”
Love you bebé
#breckenridge #colorado #snowboarding #skibreck #grandtimberlodge #birthdayboy🎉

What a great way to end summer. Can't wait until these mountains are filled with snow
#Breckenridge #GrandTimber #hiking

What an incredible weekend in the mountains. Breck has always been a second home, but something about knowing it’s only 2 hours away now makes it that much more magical. Oh, and catching the most spectacular “moon rise.” That too! 🏔🌙💫✨🏔
#breckenridge #brecklife #colorado #grandtimberlodge #mountaingetaway

Bamboo harvest has begun in the yard. Got a lot more to go, but excited to see what we can make out of it. #bamboofurniture #fishingpoles #bamboo #harvest #blackbamboo #grandtimber #goldengodess ...

Coffee and a view #mountains #coffee #goldpointresort ...

Congratulations Adam R. from Colorado! He is the winner of the VIP Breckenridge Distillery Giveaway this year! Adam will be winning a 5-night stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge, $1,000 cash and a VIP Breckenridge Distillery Package. Cheers, Adam! @breckdistillery ⁠

#bestofbreck #breckenridgedistillery #winner #brecklife #grandlodgeonpeak7

The one thing I miss about my Alaska home is my giant jetted tub. I am taking full advantage of having one this week #grandtimber #breckenridge ...

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IMG_0035 IMG_0037 IMG_0042Letter from the Assistant General Manager:

The 2015/2016 ski season is upon us and we could not be more excited to jump into winter! Opening Day for Breckenridge Mountain is November 13.  So load those skis and snowboards in your car and get up to the mountains to take a few turns!

  • The following is a list of owners that have won $500 from our weekly drawing: LaShawn and Andrew Torres and Adam Kniffin. Please contact our On Property Concierge at 970-453-4440 ext. 3012 for details on how you can enter to win.
  • The Breckenridge Grand Vacations 2015 Fall Fest was a huge hit! Many people came out for face painting, caramel apples, pumpkin carving, and music. We were thrilled to see all of you there.
  • Halloween at Grand Timber was a spooky good time! Our guests were able to enjoy all kinds of activities on property such as sugar cookie decorating, gourd painting, mask making, monster mash musical chairs, face paintings, trick or treating, and a costume contest!

Here are some updates of things that have been going on around property:

  • We completed our fall fire evacuation and fire extinguisher training for all our staff at Grand Timber. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather to go outside and put out a small flame that the Fire Department starts for practice purposes.
  • We have put LED lights as well as fixed a number of windows in all the hallways and common areas in order to improve energy efficiencies.
  • Our housekeeping and engineering staff have been hard at work completing the fall updates for Buildings 1, 6, 7, and 8. The remaining buildings will be completed in November. During our fall updates we completed a number of projects that we don’t have enough time for during peak season such as:
  • Carpet cleaning in units and common areas.
  • Painting units and common areas.
  • Deep cleans where all of the furniture, including the beds, are taken apart for a thorough cleaning as well as the floors are scrubbed and the kitchen receives a deep clean.
  • Fireplaces are cleaned out.
  • Exterior windows are cleaned throughout property. (Interior windows are cleaned on a weekly basis).
  • Building 8 looks great with its new furniture, appliances, and carpet. It is ready to go for the ski season!
  • Our landscaping team has come up to Grand Timber to complete a few projects around property. The biggest and most noticeable one is the retaining wall by the shuttle stop. They rebuilt the whole stone wall. They also recently completed their fall “clean-up” project. With the changing of seasons it is necessary this time of year to cut back our plants. Our entire staff is also hard at work keeping the falling leaves out of the common areas, a constant battle in the fall!

Michelle Ellis
Grand Timber Lodge Assistant General Manager


Grand Timber Lodge Featured Family: The Payne Family

  • From Brighton, Colorado
  • Grand Timber Lodge owners since 2007