Slægtsstævne 14.-20. juli 2003

i det smukke Vail , Colorado



Kære medlemmer af familien Bjørn og Thordahl,


Vi har alle sammen fået en invitation til slægtsstævne i den kommende sommer i USA fra Cathy og Faith, der har lavet et stort stykke arbejde for at stable det på benene.


Vi håber og tror på at rigtig mange vil tage imod invitationen, og de fleste af os kan huske det store fremmøde fra USA til sidste familiestævne i Danmark i 1999, og det kunne ikke alene være sjovt at overgå sidste slægtstævne i USA men også spændende at møde familien over-there uanset om det er et glædeligt gensyn eller måske for første gang. 


Rammerne er ideelle i det smukke Vail i Colorado og der er gode muligheder for at opleve noget af den smukkeste natur i USA både i Colorado og de omkringliggende stater, der bl.a. byder på Grand Canyon, Yosemite Nationalpark eller Las Vegas.


Der er planlagt en hel uge med masser af fælles aktiviteter, oplevelser og lejlighed til at se eller gense familien og indtil videre har mere end 10 danskere meldt deres ankomst.


Der er allerede rift om flyrejser til USA her til sommer, så skynd dig at forhøre dig, hvis du skulle være interesseret. Prøv f.eks.


Lyder det spændende kan du læse mere om de praktiske ting i det tidligere udsendte brev eller tilmelde dig nedenstående nyhedsbrev, hvis du gerne løbende vil holdes orienteret om planlægningen eller andres tips og rejseplaner.


Vi laver nemlig et elektronisk Nyhedsbrev, som du kan tilmelde dig ved at sende en e-mail til  eller


Har du allerede besluttet dig for ikke at deltage vil vi meget gerne have din e-mailadresse alligevel.


Hvis du ikke har e-mail kan du løbende følge med på familien Bjørns hjemmeside  hvor vi løbende vil lægge tips, links og nyheder på.


Med venlig hilsen


Allan Bjørn









JULY 14-20, 2003


(arrival on Sunday 7/13/03 is ok)




Cathy Lillehoj and Faith Thordahl


4690 Vail Racquet Club Drive • Vail, Colorado 81657
800-428-4840  •  970-476-4840•  fax: 970-476-4890


Directions from Denver International Airport


I-25 North (approximately 12 miles)


US-6 W/6TH AVE exit- exit number 209B (approximately 9 miles)


I-70 W exit towards IDAHO SPGS/GRAND JCT.(approximately 85 miles)


exit number 176- towards VAIL


Enter next roundabout and take 4th exit onto VAIL RD.


Enter next roundabout and take 3rd exit onto S FRONTAGE RD E.







Estimated travel time 2 hours, approximately 112 miles



Ground transportation from Denver International Airport with Colorado Mountain Express (for those who do not want to rent cars).

Jeff Kurtz is the Director of Sales at Colorado Mountain Express

Telephone: 800.525.6363



Bjorn/Thordahl Reunion

July 14-20, 2003


Lodging Information

The Vail Racquet Club Townhomes & Condominiums have been selected as the lodging location for the Bjorn/Thordahl Reunion. Located in scenic East Vail, bordering the White River National Forest, the Vail Racquet Club Townhomes & Condominiums offers a variety of lodging accommodations along with a wonderful restaurant, the Bighorn Bistro, and extensive health club amenities:


14 Outdoor Tennis Courts                                          Complete Fitness/Weight Room Facility

Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool                                            Indoor & outdoor Hot Tubs

Saunas and Steam Rooms                                        Massage Therapy

Personal Training                                                        Racquetball & Squash

Children’s Play Area                                                   Aerobic & YogaClasses

Lodging Rates

1 bedroom condominium       $ 95   per night, based on 2 people  (maximum 4 people)

2 bedroom condominium       $130    per night, based on 4 people  (maximum 6 people)

3 bedroom townhome            $195    per night, based on 6 people  (maximum 8 people)


*A 2-night minimum stay is required.  Rates listed above do not include 13.9% tax and service charge.  Each unit can accommodate up to two additional people on a sleeper sofa. To make reservations, please contact Christine Wight, Group Sales Manager or our Reservations Department at the Vail Racquet Club Townhomes & Condominiums by May 14th, 2003.  Reservations booked after May 14th are guaranteed the same rate but will be on a space available basis.


Payment & Cancellation Policies

Payment Policy:  A 1-nights lodging deposit is due upon booking your reservation. Final payment is due 7 days prior to arrival and is automatically deducted from same credit card given for the deposit unless Vail Racquet Club is notified otherwise.

Cancellation Policy: If a deposited reservation is cancelled 8 or more days prior to arrival, all money collected will be refunded less a $50 handling fee.  Cancellations made 7 days or less prior to arrival are non-refundable.



Christine, Ext. 320 or Reservations, Ext. 2 or

Remember to identify yourself as being with the

**Bjorn/Thorndahl Reunion**

to receive the special group rate!


This is a partial list of the activities/events planned….



            Day:                 Hiking (Erik Lillehoj- meet at 8:30 am at the E. Lillehoj condo)

            Evening:            Night on the Town (Vail) (Peter Pasqualini)



            Day:                 Biking (Scott Anderson)

                                    Workshops in Racquet Club Room

            Evening:            Wine and Cheese (Eivind & Jeanette Lillehoj)

Family Banquet in Bistro at Racquet Club



            Day:                 Kids/Family Games with picnic in the park at Racquet Club

            Evening:            Goldmine tour, dinner, hayride, campfire in Breckenridge



Day:                 Whitewater Rafting

Evening:            Beaver Creek Rodeo & BBQ



            Day:                 Berthoud family farm tour & lunch

            Evening:            Open



            Day:                 Piney River Ranch – horseback riding, canoeing, archery, fishing

            Evening:            Eagles Nest Gondola ride and hours’deouvers


Other activities include Bravo! Music Festival, Summer Sports fest, hiking, picnicking, shopping, etc.


There are between 90 and 100 family members attending and good therefore get group rates for some of the activities.  Two of the events require reservations by the end of June


Goldmine tour & dinner (Wednesday evening) – we leave the resort around 3:30 for a 1 hour ride to Breckenridge.  Once there we will have a 1 hour tour of the mine and have time to pan for gold in the creek.  We will also have dinner under a miner’s tent with spectacular views (Menu is ribs, chicken, miner beans, cornbread, lemonade and dessert).  A hayride and campfire complete with marshmallows will finish our adventure.  The evening will conclude about 8:30pm.  Prices are as follows:  $55 for ages 13 to adult, $45 for ages 4-12 and children 3 and under are free.  If you are interested in this event, call Country Boy Mine at 970-453-4405 and ask for Betsy (if she is not available, leave a voice message and she will call you back).  Tell her you are making a reservation under the Bjorn Family Reunion.


Whitewater Rafting (Thursday morning) – we will be picked up at the resort at 10:00am and returned around 3:00.  This raft trip is the beginner level and is suitable for the young and “the old”.  The only restriction is you must weigh at least 22#.  The rafts will carry us down part of the Upper Colorado River.  There will be places to jump in and swim along the way.  We will be served lunch along the riverbank.  I have been promised a ‘splashing good time’.  Prices (including tax but not tips) are as follows:  $64.57 for ages 13 to adult, $55.48 for ages 6-12 and $27.29 for children 5 and under.  If you are interested in this event, call Lakota Rafting at 800-274-0636 and ask for Darrell.  Tell him you are making a reservation under the Bjorn Family Reunion.


Keep in mind all these activities have a 24 hour cancellation for a refund of all or part of the deposit paid.


FYI - The Family Banquet will cost $30 per person and will be collected from everyone by Eivind Lillehoj in Vail.


FYI – The Eagles Nest Gondola is free on Saturday evenings, so the only expense that night will be whatever you purchase to eat (dinners are very expensive on top of the mountain, eating a meal elsewhere is suggested). 


More details on these and the other activities will be handed out when you check-in and discussed at the Family Banquet. 


If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at 704-366-0453.


For the Danes…three items…

1 - this email went to Michael Bjorn, the Sorensen Family, HansOle Frostholm, Merette Frostholm and Hanne Bjorn.  If I have missed anyone who is coming, please forward this email to them AND email their address to me so I can update them directly with any future information. 

2 - if it is difficult for you to make reservations for the above activities for any reason, please email which event(s) you are interested in and how many of you will be attending.  I will make the reservation and you can pay me the week we are together in Vail.

3 – I am making name tags for everyone.  Please email me the correct spelling of your names and the city/town you live in.


I look forward to seeing all of you there!  Sherri (Thordahl) Twente