The glow of candles cast a golden hue over the trails of Snow Mountain Ranch last weekend as hungry skiers clipped in, ready to ski and dine under a full moon. February 15th was the annual Grand County Hut’s Moonlight Ski Progressive Dinner and Auction, and the 40 degree evening weather has everyone is a warm mood.
Folks from Fraser to Denver made the trip to not only treat themselves to a delicious five course meal, but to show their support for the Grand Huts Association, whose goal is to create an eco-friendly Hut System in Grand County, Colorado.
Traci Maddox, event organizer and Grand Huts Association member thinks the Moonlight Ski Progressive Dinner is, “the best event of the winter!” The dinner will help Grand Huts can raise funds to build new structures, while sustaining environmentally friendly activities in the backcountry.
After picking up skis from Snow Mountain Ranch’s Nordic Center, diners followed the candlelit trail to the first course, The Rowley Homestead. The latest Swix and Rossignol skis rested against the time-worn cabin as diners nibbled on the first course of cheese, crackers and wine. Headlamps and antique gas lanterns lit the tables of rustic pioneer life artifacts from the 1800s.
The trail continues through the fragrant pines to the Yurt Village for creamy corn bisque and bread. The eco-friendly yurts can sleep up to six, but tonight are perfect dining rooms for the skiers. The final segment of the ski is to the main course. Everyone seems to be going a good bit slower now that their stomachs are already full!
The final dinner and dessert destination lies twinkling in the distance at Indian Peaks Lodge. Salad greens, tortellini and creamy chicken warmed participants as they began to bet on the silent auction. Prizes highlight local business and include Winter Park Resort lift tickets, local art and free nights stay at High Lonesome Hut and other lodging properties.
Whether participants went home with a prize or not, they were sure to take home memories of a beautiful full-moon night—and a greater appreciation for what it means to ski for your dinner!