April was Earth Month, and our employees took it to heart! Events were planned, initiatives were taken, all for the greater good of Mother Earth. Employees from across the company jumped at the opportunity to get outside or make changes to benefit the sustainability of our operations.

Check out our top five earth month wins!

  1. The BGV Owner Relations Department organized a trash cleanup along Airport Road. Their last two cleanups have resulted in 19 bags of trash which is about 380 pounds!
  2. BGV moved from a physical printed plastic owner card to a digital owner card. This saves us from printing thousands of plastic cards a year.
  3. BGV employees who live at the Moose Landing complex picked up trash along their neighborhood road. Seven bags of trash were collected.
  4. The Breck Inn switched to a paperless check-in, saving them nearly a full ream of paper every week! Not only has this switch saved them paper, but it has also made the check-in process smoother and a more positive guest experience.
  5. On Earth Day itself, the Sustainability Department organized a virtual compost class. A compost professional joined us online and taught us how to start our own compost at home. The High Country Conservation Center (HC3) also stopped by and pioneered a Food Scraps Challenge! HC3 encouraged people to learn about composting in the High Country and to sign up for their Food Scraps Program. The goal was to get 20 new people signed up….we got 16! So close!

We know plenty of people took part in Earth Month and we are so proud of these examples and initiatives coming from our own employees! It speaks volume that many of these were self-driven events and organized by folks in many different departments. We want to thank our employees for being so amazing and for showing that they care about this place where we live and play, and that owners and guests come to enjoy! 


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, poor mental health and mental illness are not the same. A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness. Likewise, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of physical, mental and social well-being.

Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health. For example, depression increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke. And the presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk of mental illness.

A person’s mental health can change over time. When the demands placed on a person exceed their resources and coping abilities, their mental health could be impacted. For example, if someone is working long hours, caring for a relative or loved one, or experiences economic hardship, they may experience poor mental health.

Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. 

  • More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.
  • 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.

There is no single cause for mental illness. A number of factors can contribute to risk for mental illness.

  • Early adverse life experiences, such as trauma or history of abuse.
  • Experiences related to other ongoing (chronic) medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes.
  • Biological factors or chemical imbalances in the brain.
  • Use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Having feelings of loneliness or isolation.

It’s okay to not be okay. You are not alone. Take advantage of these employee and community programs to connect with others and to seek help for yourself, a family member, friend or colleague. Support groups, websites, screening tools, books, trainings, peer support, access to therapists, financial assistance and more are all available in Summit County.

BGV Minds is an employee Mental Health and Wellness Program that provides ongoing access, resources and education in support of living a balanced and healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally. Information can be found here BGV Minds – ONEBGV.

Building Hope Summit County www.buildinghopesummit.org is a grassroots organization whose mission is to create a more coordinated, effective and responsive mental health system that promotes emotional health, reduces stigma and improves access to care and support to everyone in Summit County.

Anyone has the power to make a positive difference in their community when it comes to mental health and it starts by TALKING. Whether it’s a conversation on a chairlift, at a construction site, or in a high school classroom, perhaps one of the most powerful things you can do in your community is listen to someone with kindness, share openly about your own experience and start a positive dialogue around mental health. The change starts with you!

A number of individuals and departments were honored at the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) annual conference in Ft. Lauderdale earlier this month. Congratulations!

ARDA Gold Winners

Jessica Carver – Sales Verification Loan Officer/Quality Assurance Officer

Greg Cohen – Salesperson: In-House

Kacper Grochowalski – Salesperson: Traditional Line

Brittany Holloman – Marketing Management Leader

Jacob Roll – Resort Department Manager

Jeff Salquist – Maintenance Team Member

Eli Yoder – Resort Assistant Manager

ARDA Silver Winners

BGV Gives and “People. Planet. Prosperity.” for Breckenridge Grand Vacations – ACE Philanthropy and Community Service Award

Alex Brown – Legal and Regulatory Manager, Team Member or Team

Online Lead Generation Team – Marketing Program

Owner Relations Team – Owner/Customer Relations Team Member or Team

“I am beyond appreciative for all the hard work our teams have put in to get us to this level of national recognition year after year and amongst the best of the best in the industry. It truly is something exceptional and I could not be prouder to be part of this BGV family” said Mike Dudick, Owner/Developer.

The Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies provides a safe and fun place for youth from 5 – 18 years old in Fairplay and Bailey. Serving more than 500 students, the Club offers a place where students can focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character, and citizenship. The program prioritizes five key elements for positive youth development: a safe, positive environment; fun; supportive relationships; opportunities and expectations and recognition. The program covers five core program areas including the arts, education, health and wellness, leadership and service, and sports and recreation.

The Club is offering a variety of summer programs including field trips to skate parks and wolf preserves, roller skating, swimming, and art exhibits. Also new this summer is an art therapy program. And especially important is having all the kids together in person to have fun. The expectation if for a record number of youth participating in the program and for a semblance of getting back to pre-COVID normal.

Over the past school year, the club offered weekly emotional resilience programming with local mental health providers coming to the club to support staff and youth. It was a favorite program for everyone! They have completed Positive Action/Social Emotional programming, the Stock Market experience, and Active Youth/Healthy Futures.

The Club hosted many successful events and fundraisers throughout the school year. A highlight was the chili cookoff in March. Twelve chili-chefs competed in this well attended community fundraiser.

More information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the High Rockies can be found at https://bgchr.co, by contacting Amy Carman at ceo@bgchr.co or 303-204-1795.