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Breaking Ground and Building the Future: The Ranahan by Welk Resorts

Construction has begun! On June 7, 2018, we broke ground on The Ranahan by Welk Resorts in gorgeous Breckenridge, CO. We’re very excited to get started on this new addition to the Welk family of resorts! Close to the historic mountain town and on the beautiful Blue River, The Ranahan will sit in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, providing visitors easy access to everything that beautiful Colorado has to offer.

Groundbreaking ceremony for The Ranahan by Welk Resorts
Many locals joined our hard-working team to celebrate the exciting day.

The celebratory crowd included Breckenridge Mayor pro tem Elizabeth Lawrence along with Denver sports mascots Dinger (Colorado Rockies), Bernie (Colorado Avalanche), and the Denver Nuggets Dancers as they welcomed us in true Colorado spirit throughout the day's festivities. In addition to partnerships with these national sports franchises, we’re forming lasting relationships throughout the local community as we continue to live the Welk values and give back.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.
Breckenridge Mayor pro tem Elizabeth Lawrence speaks at the groundbreaking.

“Welcome Welk Family, staff and Owners to the town of Breckenridge,” said Breckenridge Mayor pro tem Elizabeth Lawrence. “Citizens and Town officials look forward to the completion of the The Ranahan and a meaningful partnership and addition to the fabric of our community.”

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.
Two of the Denver Nuggets Dancers join the crowd at our celebration.
The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.
The local wildlife was out in full force when Bernie from the Colorado Avalanche stopped by.

At the groundbreaking, our CEO Jon Fredricks announced the future employee housing units, which are scheduled for completion during Phase I. These units will allow our low-income team members to find affordable housing and a great place to stay, live, and enjoy the area. This project will be vital for the community since Breckenridge has such a small amount of housing to support the people who work hard, day in and day out.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.
Jon Fredricks presents a donation to the Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk.

As part of the afternoon’s celebration, Welk Resorts made a surprise $10,000 donation to the Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk in Breckenridge. The walk supports heart health programs in Summit County.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.
Welk Vice President of Sales Trina Miller cutting the red ribbon in front of Gibbs' Barn Preview Center.

We also celebrated the grand opening of the Gibbs' Barn Preview Center. This center uses some of the latest technology to help guests and Owners preview our beautiful properties, as well as the amazing benefits Welk has to offer.

View from the Gibbs' Barn Preview Center.
View from the Gibb's Barn Preview Center.
The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.
Rendering of the planned exterior for Phase I of The Ranahan.

Located on six acres of a scenic bend in the Blue River and minutes from the world-class Breckenridge Ski Resort, the first phase of resort accommodations is expected to open, weather and construction conditions permitting, in late 2019.

Some of the beautiful scenery found in Breckenridge near The Ranahan by Welk Resorts.
Some of the beautiful scenery found in Breckenridge near The Ranahan by Welk Resorts.

The resort is just a 10-minute ride from the heart of the historic town of Breckenridge; 20 minutes from Frisco and Lake Dillon for sailing, biking and fishing; adjacent to area ghost towns, rail lines and historic mines; across the street from the public Breckenridge Golf Club; next to Summit County’s popular paved recreational pathways system; just over an hour from nearby casinos; under an hour from Vail, Beaver Creek and many other popular ski mountains; and is conveniently about two hours away from the Denver International Airport. The Ranahan has enough area amenities and attractions to pique the interest of any visitor.

For more details about the exciting plans in store for The Ranahan, head over to our Welk Resorts Breckenridge page and stay up-to-date with all the progress!

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