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Make it a unique Summit County Valentines Day

ALEX MATTHEWSspecial to the dailySummit County, CO Colorado
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Copper Mountain heats up the night with an ice skating show on the West Lake with the Breckenridge Skating Club, a fire performer throughout the village and fireworks. Also check out sleigh rides ranging from scenic to dessert rides. Pairs skating or ice dancing lessons are available at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Dinner specials are available at various Copper Mountain restaurants.

Dogsledding: Take an hour ride with a guide and team of Siberian huskies, swapping positions as musher and passenger along the way ($70). Snowmobiling: Hop on together or take separate sleds through a 40-mile groomed trail system. The classic, most popular tour leads snowmobilers up to the Continental Divide at Georgia Pass, over 11,500 feet above sea level. The round-trip tours last about two hours and begin as early as 9 a.m. One-hour and two-hour rides are also available. Price: $75-$150, plus $40-$75 for an additional passenger.6061 Tiger Road, Breckenridge (past the Breckenridge Golf Club)Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday though SundayReservations: (970) 453-7604, (800) 477-0144 or http://www.snow

Most nights, two mule-drawn dinner rides run at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. As many as three 14-person sleighs glide over groomed trails to a heated tent, where guests enjoy steak and chicken dinners with wine, beer and other spirits. Musician David Peel entertains with his guitar, banjo and dead-on voice impersonations of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Neil Diamond.Saturday, both two-hour dinner rides are completely booked, but a later ride from 10-11:30 p.m., which will serve cheese, crackers and wine along with fruit and a chocolate fountain, still has openings as of this printing. Ranked as the No. 1 sleigh ride in the nation for the last two seasons by Americas Best Online, owner John Lampe prides his companys longevity. This is our 25th season, he said. Not too many sleigh ride companies can boast that. A big part of it is that the sleighs are truly your transport to a remote dinner and a live musical show, and David Peel used to be the opening act for the Osmond Brothers.Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh RidesFrisco Nordic Center, The Peninsula Recreation Area, Highway 9Reservations: (970) 453-1520, (800) 571-6853Website: http://www.dinnersleighrides.comPrice for tonight and Sunday: $84; Saturdays late ride is $75

The two-hour sleigh rides, which include dinner and a show, leave at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Powered by Belgian draft horses, each sleigh carries a maximum of 20 people to a re-creation of an 1860s miners camp. There, guests are greeted with ragtime piano tunes and served steak, chicken or salmon dinners. Alcohol is not available, but guests are welcome to bring their own drinks, said owner Al Nilsson.A Mountain Man theatrical show creates audience interaction and is geared toward families. Most of Saturdays reservations, however, are couples, Nilsson said. Limited space remains on both Valentines rides.The only stipulation is that [people] come ready to have a wonderful time, Nilsson said of his 20-year-old company. 6061 Tiger Road, Breckenridge Reservations: (970) 453-2005 Website: nordicsleighrides.comPrice: $82/adult

Skip the movies and see the real thing, up-close and in-person. The local production of Tuesdays with Morrie is showing this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. The two-hour play breaks for a 15-minute intermission when wine, beer, soft drinks and candies can be purchased along with autographed copies of Mitch Alboms book, Tuesdays with Morrie.121 South Ridge St., BreckenridgeReservations: (970) 453-0199Website: Price: $18/adult

Nothing combines romance and recreation like a night snowshoe tour. Tom Dayton, brother of Breckenridge Nordic Center co-owner Gene Dayton, leads tours based on interest, with night hikes leaving the center at 7 p.m. and arriving back around 9 p.m. Dayton recommends tour dates based on moonlight, and unfortunately, the prime time around the Feb. 9 full moon will dim by Wed. Feb. 11. Dark, clear nights, however, are great for operating by starlight, he said. Hot cocoa is provided by candlelight in an old miners cabin. Snowshoes can be rented through the Nordic Center and advance reservations are recommended.Breckenridge Nordic Ski Center, 1200 Ski Hill Rd.Reservations: (970) 453-6855 (Breckenridge Nordic Center, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or (970) 453-2182 (after hours)Website: http://www.breckenridgenordic.comNight tour price: $25/person. Rentals are available

Looking for day plans? Meet at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, 203 S. Main St., on Saturday morning for a 10 a.m. to noon intimate hike in a winter wonderland.Contact the Breckenridge Recreation Center for more information: (970) 453-1734.Price: $20/couple

Cross-country ski for half the regular cost Saturday. Gold Run is offering two-for-one lessons, rentals and trail passes. After working hard, kick back and enjoy an aprs-ski barbecue on the deck. Call the Nordic Center for more information: (970) 547-7889Prices: Day trail pass — $15/adult, $10/youth and senior; rentals are $15/adult, $10/youth; and lessons (which include a trail pass are $34 for group and $45 per person for up to two people

Buy your Valentines gift in advance for two complimentary lessons and trail passes with purchase of two rentals, redeemable this Monday through Friday, Feb. 20. both locations also will host an Austrian-cuisine cookout on Saturday and are having a 25 percent-off sale on soft goods, including ski wear. Breckenridge Nordic Center, 1200 Ski Hill Rd.Reservations: (970) 453-6855Frisco Nordic Center, The Peninsula Recreation Area, Highway 9Reservations: (970) 668-0866

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