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There are plenty of ways to dash through the snow in Breckenridge, but one of the most nostalgic involves horses and a sleigh. Choose your own adventure with many options including scenic and dinner sleigh rides, or make a night of it and embark on a ride that features dinner and a lively show in an old miner’s cabin warmed by an antique wood stove. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed a great time from this unique Colorado experience.
Breckenridge Sleigh Rides
Scenic Sleigh Rides
Dash through the snow from the comfort of a sleigh while taking in the mountain views. Two Below Zero’s Scenic Sleigh Ride is a one-hour (round-trip) experience complete with hot cocoa and homemade cookies (and schnapps for the adults). Golden Horseshoe Tours offers a cherry-red scenic sleigh ride pulled by Belgian draft horses. Your wranglers will ensure you’re nestled under a cozy blanket before heading out through trails of powdery snow in the White River National Forest.
Dinner Sleigh Ride
Dinner sleigh rides take the experience to the next level. Two Below Zero’s Dinner sleigh ride begins with a quiet 20-minute journey amidst snow-capped mountains and starry night skies. Dinner takes place at their back country camp, where the old-fashioned fun begins inside a cozy lantern-lit, heated tent. Your evening includes a hearty three-course, home-cooked meal and musical entertainment.
Mining Camp Dinner Theater Sleigh Ride
Golden Horseshoe Tours gives you the opportunity to take a sleigh ride back in time! Enjoy cozy blankets as two magnificent horses take you through the snow and back to a 1800s mining camp where you’ll be entertained by a dinner show created to transport you back to the mining days.
The staff uses two mid-1800’s stoves — one to cook your choice of steak, barbecue chicken, salmon or vegetable lasagna — and one to make the cabin nice and toasty. Dinner (eaten off of tin plates) includes salad, corn on the cob, barbecue “miners’” beans, and hot apple pie. Plus, there’s always hot chocolate and cider to warm you up, too.
During dinner, one of three shows begins. Depending on the night, you’ll see either the unsinkable Molly Brown, the Mountain Man, or Dance Hall Girls.
Private Sleigh Rides
Both companies offer private sleigh rides, perfect for a romantic evening or a little family bonding. This is your once-in-a-lifetime Currier and Ives experience: it’s the fairytale, one-horse open sleigh ride. The red “Santa sleighs” have curled runners and special red blankets to make any anniversary, proposal, birthday or other special occasions truly memorable. Every year, dozens of couples have gotten engaged, and some have even tied the knot on a sleigh, against Breckenridge’s snow-capped Ten-mile mountain range.
A Twist On A Classic: Breckenridge Ski Resort Starlight Dinners
Enjoy a winter sleigh ride from the base of Peak 9 up to TenMile Station at Breckenridge Ski Resort through the scenic trails. After gliding across the snow and through the trees, you’ll arrive at your Starlight Dinner destination, TenMile Station, for a world-class meal under a snowy night sky.
Dress for Success
Unless you want the memory of your sleigh ride to involve cold feet, leave flimsy footwear behind. Opt for a hardy pair of Sorels, UGGs or similar snow-boots. Hiking boots will do, but be sure to wear warm — preferably high performance — socks. Avoid cotton socks, as they can get cold on the way home if you end up sweating inside.
For the rest of your attire, take a cue from the song “Let it Snow”: the weather outside may be frightful, but the fire (inside), so delightful. In other words, dress in layers to avoid shivering outside and/or overheating inside. And never forget your hat, gloves and scarves!