Mountain Experience Gifts for the Traveler

If you are looking for the perfect gift this season, consider purchasing your loved one an experience. After all, a recent San Francisco State University Study, highlighted in Forbes, found that people who spent money on experiences, rather than material items, were happier. And, of course, the best part about buying an experience for someone is that you can be their plus one.

Here are two fantastic experiences that will win you big points with your favorite people this holiday season.

Photo courtesy Tennessee Pass Nordic Center/Timothy Gormley Image


Located at the base of Ski Cooper, just outside of Leadville, Colorado, Tennessee Pass Cookhouse is part of the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, which includes cross country ski trails, the Cookhouse and yurts.

Diners have to work for their dinner at the Cookhouse because it’s a one-mile ski or snowshoe trip to this one-of-a-kind dining experience. Skis, snowshoes, and headlamps are provided upon arrival and included in the price of dinner—or guests can bring their own.

Photo courtesy Tennessee Pass Nordic Center/Timothy Gormley Image

Dinner at the Cookhouse is comprised of four-courses of fine foods, such as grilled elk tenderloin and rainbow trout. There are vegetarian options as well.

This fine dining experience will create lasting memories for all who participate, and a gift certificate for an outing at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse is an ideal present for that hard-to-shop-for outdoorsy type.

Go to for more information about this unique Colorado destination. Reservations are required.

Photo courtesy Nordic Sleigh Rides


Sleigh rides don’t just occur in songs and stories. You can go on a real sleigh ride in Breckenridge, Colorado. Nordic Sleigh Rides has a variety of outings to choose from, including family-friendly excursions, a dinner theater experience, and romantic sleigh rides for two.

Their romantic packages are popular with men (or women) who are looking for a unique way to pop the question, and Nordic Sleigh Rides can help arrange a surprise engagement ride.

Nordic Sleigh Rides’ dinner theater shows are an ode to Colorado’s mining history and include a 30-minute sleigh ride to a 1860s mining camp dining hall where guests are entertained by mountain men, dance hall girls, and even the famous Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Located in the woods halfway between Breckenridge and Frisco, sleigh rides at Nordic Sleigh Rides transport guests through a winter wonderland. It’s a truly magical experience and a gift that your loved ones will remember for a lifetime.

Visit to purchase a gift certificate today.

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