Breck sleigh-ride service continues through April
April 10, 2009
The slopes may be closed after next weekend, but Breckenridge Stables will continue its scenic and dinner sleigh rides on Peak 9 through the end of the month.
Stables owner Brad Bays said the synthetic snow sticks around long enough on the green runs for the draft horses to continue pulling folks up the mountain on custom, Amish handmade sleds.
Through a special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, the sleighs are able to take people about halfway to the top of Peak 9.
Bays said the business this season has done pretty well despite the economy.
“It’s been all right,” he said. “The way everyone was talking, I thought it would have been a lot worse.”
The sleighs’ location at the base of Peak 9, at the Beaver Run Resort parking lot, allows “good visibility” for the business, Bays said.
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The Breckenridge Stables also operate the horse-drawn carriage rides downtown on afternoons and evenings. A ride in the carriage is $75 for up to nine people and includes a narrated tour through the historic district.
“Most of the business is people see it, walk up and take a ride,” he said.
By the end of May, the business begins offering summer horseback rides.
“We plan on doing breakfast and dinner rides for the summer horseback rides, which is something we didn’t do last year,” Bays said.
The summer rides also include a 1.5-hour trail ride along the Tenmile Range that ascends to about 10,700 feet.
The stables have 110 horses, and most are used for the summer rides. About 18 are used for the winter sleigh rides.
For more than 20 years the stables have provided horse rides in the Breckenridge area. Bays has owned the business for three years.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or email@example.com.