Letter from the General Manager 7.10.17
The entire Breckenridge Grand Vacations family is excited to be working on the final touches for the Grand Lobby in preparation for its opening this month! In addition to the lobby opening in July, we are also putting together the final preparations for the Phase 2 amenities. They include the Lobby Bar, fitness center, movie theaters, Grotto, arcade, business center/library, Peak 8 Market and Infinity Spa. Not all of these amenities will open at the same time as the lobby, but they will not be far behind and will be worth the wait. We appreciate all the feedback and suggestions from our owners and guests throughout the building of the Grand Colorado on Peak 8. We hope you will be able to see how they are incorporated into the new phases of the resort.
We also believe in collecting feedback from our employees about their level of job satisfaction and how we can help improve that. Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) has always made it a priority to be the employer of choice in Summit County, and in recent years BGV has been named a top company to work for in Colorado. We strongly believe that employees who have a high level of job satisfaction and are recognized for their hard work become a greater asset to our team and will take more pride in going above and beyond for our owners and guests.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations does a fantastic job of recognizing the staff for their Grand customer service, and we would like to ask for your assistance in identifying more employees to recognize. If an employee has made a positive impact on your vacation, please share your experience with us. We would love to recognize them for it. You can share it with any of our staff, email me directly, email@example.com, or fill out a nomination online so the employee will be recognized for a Grand Vacation Award.
On July 5, a wildland fire was spotted on Peak 2 in Breckenridge. This fire spread over 87 acres and lead to pre-evacuation measures for some areas within Breckenridge. With the help of local and federal resources, we are happy to report the fire is 85 percent contained and no longer represents a threat to the town or public. We are extremely grateful for the amazing job the firefighters and community did to keep all of its guests and residents safe.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 very soon.
General Manager, Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Breckenridge Grand Vacations recently rolled out a new benefit for employees that offers paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO). Now employees who are passionate about giving back to the community by volunteering can get paid for their time! All benefits-eligible employees receive a generous 24 hours of VTO annually.
We are gearing up for the annual Volunteer Day with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD). Each summer, BGV partners with FDRD to maintain the trail systems in and around Breckenridge. The Forest Service assessed trails with FDRD, then volunteers are sent out to areas that need help most. Volunteers clean trails, transplant trees, and close trails in sensitive areas. After all the hard work, volunteers are rewarded with a mountain-top cookout sponsored by BGV!
With benefits like this, it comes as no surprise that BGV remains Summit County’s top employer and has again been named as one of the best places to work by The Denver Post, the Best of Summit, the Business Excellence Awards, and ColoradoBiz.
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Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) and its philanthropic program BGV Gives will host The 2nd Annual Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk (RAM Walk) on Saturday, June 10th. This event will pay tribute to the late BGV Owner/Developer, Rob Millisor, who sadly passed away from a heart attack in October of 2015 while on a humanitarian trip to help earthquake victims in Nepal.
To honor Rob and increase cardiac health awareness in the community, this fundraiser benefits heart health programs, education and research. “We are committed to helping prevent what happened to Rob from happening to anyone else. The Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk is one of the many ways in which BGV strives to decrease heart health issues in the community and pays tribute to Rob’s legacy of giving back,” stated BGV CEO, Mike Dudick.
Registration and check in for the RAM Walk start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at Carter Park in Breckenridge. This fundraiser is presented by BGV and BGV Gives and made possible with support from walk participants, volunteers and generous sponsors including Interval International, Griffis Residential, Amy, Claire and Grady Millisor, the Mike and Mary Jo Millisor Family Fund, Matthew Stais Architects, Binge, Davis, Doran, Frank, Liner, Tramontana and Vietti Families, Breckenridge Restaurant Association, Capital One, Colorado Mountain Cleaners, Colorado Premier Resort Properties, Egerton, Manley and Moorefield Families, High Country Healthcare, Ifurnish, Dr. Warren and Becky Johnson, Mountain Pride Cleaning and Restoration, Inc., Nordis Technologies, PCL Construction Services Inc., St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Concord Servicing Corporation, High Country DJ, Howard Head Sports Medicine, John and Elizabeth Palmquist, Sikich, LLP, Vail ♦ Summit Orthopedics, Colorado Restaurant Association, and Starbucks.
Online registration is closed, however, walk-ins are welcome. Click here to download a day-of registration form and release waiver. Simply bring the filled-out forms with you to the event. To learn more about The 2nd Annual Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk, including sponsorship opportunities, walk details and to volunteer, please visit bgvgives.org or contact the BGV Gives Program Manager, Deb Edwards, at (970) 547-8748.
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The new and improved Epic Discovery Fun Park opens Friday, June 9th!
Breckenridge Ski Resort has renamed the Peak 8 Fun Park, Epic Discovery and with good reason! Epic Discovery was named because Breckenridge’s signature summer activity has grown so much that it now encompasses Peaks 7 and 8. This summer there will be the addition of a newer, bigger Gold Summit Climbing wall, a new ten tower zip line and the new Aplineer Challenge Course, a multi stage ropes course nestled high in the trees above Peak 7. All of this is new and in addition to Peak 8 stalwarts such as the God Runner Coaster, Mineshaft Maze and of course the Alpine slide.
Here is a breakout of just some of the various activities you and your family can enjoy at the new and improved Epic Discovery Fun Park.
Expedition Zipline Tour – Test yourself on the new Expedition Zipline Tour. Based out of the new Independence Outpost on Peak 7, you will fly along 8 ziplines between 10 towers and 200 ft long aerial bridge walk. Get a bird’s eye view of the mountains, the skyline and critters along the forest floor.
Gold Summit Climbing Wall – Start at the top of the new Alpine Camp, and then climb higher! The Gold Summit is a 40 ft tall climbing wall, with 16 distinct routes available- perfect for beginners to advanced climbers.
Alpineer Challenge Course – This other big addition is also located at the new Alpine Camp. Pick your route and test your balance. Freely choose your route with 15 features including a log walk, rope swings, and more!
Gold Runner Coaster – Enjoy this 2,500 ft alpine rollercoaster and race through the forest by yourself or with a friend and don’t worry. If it is too fast you get brakes!
Alpine Super Slide – The alpine slide is the “old school” ride that started it all on Peak 8! Contesting of 3 tracks each 2,600 feet long, cruise down and race your friends as tracks 1 and 2 are side by side and identical.
Breck 4×4 Tours – Ride in an open air 4×4 vehicles with up to six of your friends or family members. This 90-minute ride explores Peaks 8 and 7 and takes in beautiful views of the Ten Mile Range and the back side of the Front Range.
Mountain Biking – Downhill mountain biking has been growing in popularity year after year and Breckenridge is a world class downhill biking experience. Get a mountain bike and take a chairlift to the top of Peak 8 for an exhilarating ride down the Breckenridge’s Mountain Bike Trails. From easy to expert there are trails for all ability levels.
SuperPutt Mini Golf – Mini Golf is still as much fun as when it started way back when. Breck has a great course for the whole family.
Scenic Chairlift Rides – Take a scenic chairlift ride and now also the ride to the new Epic Discovery Alpine camp! The Colorado Super Chair runs up to over 11,000 feet in elevation and offers stunning mountain views. Ride back down or hike through Breckenridge pristine pine forests and aspen glades.
Gemstone Panning – Great for kids, pan for gems and keep what you find!
Mineshaft Maze – A Peak 8 summer all-star! Try and beat the clock in Colorado’s largest human maze. Kids win prizes when they are faster than the clock.
Rockpile Climbing Wall –With the addition of the new 40-foot Gold Summit Wall at the Epic Discovery Alpine Camp there is a lot of climbing. The Rockpile wall is located at the base of Peak 8 and is easily accessible and fun for the whole family.
Lil’ Climber Ropes Course – This year add one for the kids. This course offers super fun and safe obstacles for the kiddos to play on.
Little Flyer Zip Line – a zip line perfectly designed for little kids to get the flying as soon as possible!
SuperBungee Trampoline – Fly high on the SuperBungee Trampoline. Twist and flip as you gain even more altitude bouncing along. This safe and exciting trampoline is great for kids and adults.
Tom’s Nugget Tubing – another kids’ ride a wonderful summer tubing experience.
Ripperoo’s Bounce House – Kids love bouncy castles! This one is awesome and huge!
Spend a day at the Breckenridge’s Epic Discovery Park and You will not be disappointed. Click here for more information!
The St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has recently opened a brand new 5,000 square foot addition to the hospital. Summit County residents now have access to a cancer treatment center equipped with 10 exam rooms for rotating physicians from Denver along with an Infusion Center for chemotherapy and other chronic illnesses. This will help cancer patients who need Chemotherapy and patients with chronic illnesses that need regular IV medications. In the past, these patients would have to drive all the way to Denver, sometimes several times a week to receive treatment. Thanks to this new cancer treatment center, patients in the mountains can heal closer to home.
The facility and all the equipment cost about 1.5 million, $700,000 of that raised by the Summit County Community, and $250,000 of that was donated by Breckenridge Grand Vacations.
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Breckenridge Grand Vacations recently named John Liner as the new VP of Sales while celebrating his team’s monumental achievements in 2017 including the company’s best month of sales to date and one fo the most successful fist quarters in BGV History.
John Liner is a long-time industry professional. He Joined the BGV family in October 2010 as the In-House Director of Sales and has been an integral part of the company’s success. GV has increased annual revenue by more than 35% since Liner came on board. Prior to BGV, John was a Regional Sales Director for Diamond Resorts International for more than 12 years, working in Sedona and Scottsdale, Arizona and Maui, Hawaii.
When asked about what he was most excited for in becoming the VP of Sales, John said, “I’d like to thank all those who have supported sales in so many ways for so many years. As I step into an even bigger role, I intend to always lead by following one of George Patton’s philosophies, “Instead of telling people how to do things, ask them what to do and watch them surprise you with their ingenuity!”
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