Posted on 3/3/2016 by Alyssa Hubbard

A Night Under the Stars- Winter Dinner Sleigh Ride with 2 Below Zero

The SummitCove team recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dinner sleigh ride with 2 Below Zero.  We all gathered at the Frisco Nordic Center, bundled up on a chilly December night. We were all really looking forward to the dinner sleigh ride with 2 Below Zero! Check-in was easy and soon we were split up in a few different sleighs mixed in with other guests from all over the country. Our driver was friendly and the horses (mules) were big! The driver was not only cracking jokes at us the whole time, but also giving us a really good historical insight on the area. Everyone had a thick blanket to keep them warm. We enjoyed talking to the others in the group on the one mile sleigh ride to the campsite where dinner would be served in a large white canvas tent (which was heated of course!). We arrived at the tent about a half an hour later and climbed off the sleigh to go inside and warm up. As we walked into the dinner hall, we were greeted by a very friendly man on the guitar center stage. Musician David Peel played a few songs upon arrival while the wait staff (who are the wagon drivers) served hot cocoa. Adults got the pleasure of a spike of peppermint schnapps in theirs!

After everyone was settled and warming up with their cocoa, the wait staff took wine and beer orders (cash only). The first course and my favorite part of the meal was warm bread and a delicious spicy chicken soup. The main course consisted of steak, chicken, and veggies with a large baked potato, standard cookout meal, but very delicious. Dessert was a warm slice of apple pie.

Once dinner was served, the highlight of the night was the entertainment. Mr. Peel is a musician from Memphis and had some good stories to tell. He engaged the whole crowd and got everyone singing to a John Denver melody and Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline. We learned that it was a family's second time to the dinner sleigh ride and another couple's anniversary. There was also a young birthday boy in the crowd, who got to go on stage and ride the 'pony'. David had the whole audience engaged, singing and laughing.

Once our bellies were full and our faces hurt from laughing so much, it was time to jump back on the sleigh and head back.  The ride back was beautiful under the clear skies and we had a little time for stargazing. The dinner sleigh ride with 2 Below Zero is a splurge but well worth the money on you Keystone ski vacation. It is a memory that will last a lifetime.

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