12 Feb 2020
There’s more than one way to dash through the snow on your Beaver Creek ski vacation. After you’ve tired your legs out on the ski hill, let the sleigh rides of the Vail Valley carry you through the snow for an unforgettable Colorado evening.
Santa isn’t the only one who drives a sleigh around these parts. In fact, there are quite a few different sleigh ride choices. We’re taking the guesswork out and sharing our favorites with you.
This classic 1000-acre Colorado ranch is located in Walcott, Colorado, a tiny town just outside of Vail. Its beautiful off the beaten path location means that the stars shine even brighter without competition from the lights of the neighboring resorts. Arrive at the ranch, homesteaded back in the 1800s, and warm up with one of their award-winning bowls of chili before cozying up under blankets for an authentic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow. Guests are encouraged to pet the horses and visit some of the original 130-year old cabins that will bring you back to a simpler time.
The beautiful Belgian Draft horses return you to the lodge where favorite cowboy crooners provide the evening’s entertainment. Well known songs will have your toes tapping and your boots stomping. Enjoy the ranch-style dinner and, if you saved room for dessert, top off the evening with a S’ more at the outdoor campfire. 4 Eagles Ranch is closed Sundays and Tuesdays, with sleigh ride dinners offered at 6 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays. $85/adults, $50 for kids (5-12) and $25/child (2-4 years old).
About 15 minutes west of Beaver Creek, in Cordillera, is Bearcat’s ranch and restaurant. The restaurant is located in the original cabin that the Bearden family homesteaded in the early 20th century. The Cordillera Preservation Foundation, in partnership with Bearcat Stables, completely restored this original cabin to be able to share this rich heritage with all of Bearcat’s visitors. It’s one of the most historic settings in the area.
Bearcat’s Cabin offers two different sleigh ride options. There’s an apres-ski sleigh ride with happy hour drink specials, and S’more fixins’ for the kids. These horse-drawn sleigh rides run every 30-minutes from 3 pm - 4:30 pm. Get your camera ready as the lighting is usually perfect for a selfie with these beautiful 2000 pound animals. The apres-ski sleigh ride is $30/person.
Bearcat’s also offers a sleigh ride dinner option for those who want to enjoy this historic setting even longer than the apres-ski outing. The dinner sleigh rides have seatings at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm and are $85/adult and $55/child. You might even spot an elk or two. After you’ve soaked up the scenery in the sleigh, you’ll enjoy a hearty and delicious buffet in the historic Bearcat’s Cabin. Private sleighs are available, always a treat for those celebrating a special occasion.
Beano’s Cabin is a favorite with those looking for a 5-star dinner accompanied by a million-star sky. Instead of horsepower, the open-air sleighs are drawn by snowcats. Beano’s Cabin is only accessible via sleigh.
Beano’s Cabin is snuggled into a snow-covered meadow at the base of Larkspur bowl on Beaver Creek ski mountain. It’s known as one of Colorado’s top restaurants, having earned the coveted 4-diamond designation from AAA.
The luxurious log setting is the perfect backdrop for the 5-course dinner including roasted venison and foie gras. Kids are welcome at Beano’s Cabin and treated to all of their favorites including mac n cheese, chicken pot pie or grilled cheese. Beano’s Cabin is $139/adult and $79/child (6-12 years old). Children 2 and under are complimentary, children 3-5 are $25/child.
Allie’s Cabin is a favorite for families. Of the 3 Beaver Creek gourmet cabins, Allie’s caters the most to kids. Everyone loves to arrive at Allie’s cabin via open-air sleigh, then slip out of snow boots into plush lodge slippers. If it’s Thursday Night Lights, there’s a perfect view of the fireworks and glow stick ski parade below. Adults can enjoy the 3-course dinner for $105/person and children are welcome to dine at the buffet for $45/person.
It’s perched above Bachelor Gulch with magnificent views of the Gore Range that pair beautifully with their award-winning wine list. Enjoy a short 15-minute snowcat sleigh ride, long enough to gaze at the gorgeous sky, short enough that you won’t be waiting too long to dine on Elk Loin or Dry Aged Duck Breast. Without a kids’ menu, Zach’s Cabin is focused more on lovebirds than baby birds. Dinner is decadent and is priced a la carte with a nominal sleigh ride fee included. Sleigh ride departure is your reservation time, departures starting at 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm and 8:30pm.
Sleigh Ride Tips
For all sleigh rides, we recommend dressing warmly and in layers. Typically, if it’s snowing outside, it’s a bit warmer than if it’s crystal clear out. Don’t forget hats, gloves and warm boots. Warm blankets are provided, but nothing beats being bundled up, as well.
Definitely dress little ones as you would for a day on the slopes. Everyone will have a better time if you’re dressed accordingly.
For the snowcat sleigh ride dinners, be sure to choose a seat at the front of the sleigh. There can be some snow that sprays in from the cat along the way and the seats in the front are the most protected.
We are happy to help you book the perfect sleigh ride for your family if you are our guest so that you can experience what fun it is to ride in a one-horse, two-horse, draft horse or snowcat open sleigh!
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