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There are plenty of ways to dash through the snow, but one of the most nostalgic involves horses and a sleigh. In Breckenridge, you can choose from scenic sleigh rides, dinner sleigh rides and even a sleigh ride that features dinner and a show. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed a great time from this unique Colorado experience.
What To Expect
Scenic Sleigh Rides
Dash through the snow from the comfort of a sleigh while taking in the mountain views. Scenic Sleigh Rides are all different but this shorter (and less expensive) option is a great experience for families or anyone looking for a unique experience. Two Below Zeros Scenic Sleigh Ride is a one-hour (round-trip) hot cocoa and homemade cookies (and schnapps, for adults) ride. Similarly, Golden Horseshoe Tours offers a cherry-red scenic sleigh ride pulled by Belgian draft horses. Your wranglers will ensure you’re nestled under your cozy blankets before guiding your sleigh through trails of powdery snow in the White River National Forest. You’ll be treated with postcard-worthy views.
Dinner Sleigh Ride
Dinner sleigh rides take the experience to the next level. 2 Below Zero begins with a quiet 20-minute sleigh ride amidst snow-capped mountain views and starry night skies. Dinner takes place at their back country camp, the old-fashioned fun continues inside a cozy lantern-lit, heated tent. Your evening includes a hearty three-course, home-cooked meal musical entertainment.
Mining Camp Dinner Theater Sleigh Ride
Golden Horseshoe Tours gives you the opportunity to take a sleigh ride back in time! Guests enjoy warm blankets as two magnificent horses will take you through the snow and back to a 1800s mining camp. 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 heat up the place. Dinner (eaten off of tin plates) includes salad, corn on the cob, barbecue “miners’” beans, and apple pie. And, there’s always hot chocolate to warm you up, as well.
During dinner, one of three shows begins. Depending on the night, you’ll see the unsinkable Molly Brown, the Mountain Man, or Dance Hall Girls.
Private Sleigh Rides
Both companies offer private sleigh rides. 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. Last year, 60 men each proposed to their beloveds on the Two Below Zero sleigh, and couples have even tied the knot on a sleigh, against Breckenridge’s snow-capped mountain backdrop.
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 through the scenic trails. Starlight Dinners feature Snow Cat doing the heavy lifting, you’ll travel in old-fashioned style with a modern twist. After gliding across the snow and through the trees, you’ll arrive at your dinner destination, TenMile Station, for a world-class meal.
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 snowboots. 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 and gloves.