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Ragnar’s in Steamboat

Up the Gondola, a 20 minute sleigh ride, and a gourmet 5 course meal for $79. The Ragnar’s sleigh ride dinner is one of Americas most amazing dining experiences.

It’s rare that Charlene and I blog about a restaurant but last night 14 members of our family went to Ragnar’s Sleigh ride dinner and the whole experience was nothing short of perfect.

From our timeshare we were able to catch a shuttle to the ski mountain where our dinner ticket got us a free ride up the gondola. As you climbed off the gondola, an employee from the restaurant greeted you and gave you nice warm wool blanket for the sleigh ride.

The gondola ride is a beautiful experience. As the Gondola rose above Steamboat we had a hundred mile view of the Colorado Rockies. A few of the children had never been on a Gondola and it was fun to watch their little eyes light up as the world began to shrink below them. The gondola ride was about 15 minutes. At the top of the gondola we were greeted by a host from the restaurant that led us to a mountainside restaurant where we were treated to hot chocolate while we waited for our sleigh to arrive. After about a 10 minute wait we were led out to our sleigh.

The Ragnar sleigh is a large open wagon with comfortable bench seats. After we were all snuggled up in our wool blankets, the large snow cat pulled our sleigh slowly up the mountain and we were treated with amazing mountain views around every turn. With a temperature of about 40 degrees farenheit we didn’t need the wool blankets but they were still fun to wrap up in.

After about 15 minutes of breath-taking views we rounded tree covered lane and beautiful Rendezvous Saddle the home of Ragnar’s. We parked in front of the lodge and were escorted into the restaurant, greeted by the staff and seated to begin our incredible evening.

In a matter of minutes the staff was getting us our first course a wonderful appetizer consisting of fun tasty treats like pickled herring, salami, blue cheese, pate, cheese, capers, smoked salmon, and pickled juniper berries. As we enjoyed our appetizer we were accompanied by a musician playing a medley of light rock and good old John Denver favorites. The atmosphere was fun and welcoming to everyone even the smallest of our grandkids began to open up and enjoy themselves.

We shipped all the kids to one end of the table and I armed them with my camera so they could get fun shots of learning the art of photography. Give six kids a camera and this is what happens. The second course was a rich and hearty roasted carrot soup. The wine list was well thought our and reasonably priced so, knowing we didn’t have to drive home, the wine began to flow at the adult side of the table.

Our next course was a salad of young garden greens with a

Picture By: Alyssia Johnson                            light oil and vinegar dressing.

The Ragnar offers 7 choices for your main course ranging from duck to elk and from a good old fashion beef fillet to a scrumptious lamb dishes. I don’t think any of the carnivor’s we  raised tried the vegetarian entre but it looked good as it went by.

A survey of all 12 of our restaurant savvy kids and grandkids gave all five of the courses a solid 10 out of 10 ratings.

Mid-way thru the entree the wine, cocktails and 10,000 feet of altitude began to take an effect and our little table had to join the rest of the Ragnar’s guests in a spontaneous sing- along of old favorites like Country Road and Blue Ridge Mountains. Even the kids joined in.

Our entree’s, which were all excellent were followed by chocolate fondue with accompaniments like white cake, berries, cookies and lady fingers.

After a wonderful three-hour dinner our stuffed little crew loaded back onto our snow-cat open sleigh and rode down the snow covered mountain to the Gondola. At around 10:00 we were safely down the mountain and tucked into our bed.

The Ragnar Sleigh ride dinner is a glimpse into how perfect an evening can be. The experience of the Gondola and Sleigh ride is pure magic. The food, staff, and atmosphere of the Ragnar was a solid 10 out of 10.  Finally, the base price $79 for your 5 coarse meal, a gondola ride and a sleigh ride is a bargain hunters dream.

At we rarely do restaurant reviews but if we don’t share this experience with all of our readers we would be letting you down.

Edit by: Peyton Goetz and Alyssia Johnson.

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