If you feel better knowing youve burned a few calories before you indulge in a five-course meal, then the Grand Huts Progressive Dinner is just your thing. It requires a workout not only before the dinner, but between courses, as well. Hungry participants don cross-country skis or snowshoes at the Devils Thumb Ranch Adventure Center before embarking on a half-mile trek to the horse barn for hors doeuvre, then strap back in for a mile jaunt to the Sawmill Yurt for soup and salad before returning to the Broad Axe Barn for the main course, dessert, drinks, live music and dancing.
The Adventure Centers Phil White who calls himself a glide guru promises mellow terrain, with people shuffling along through meadow and pines. The trails will be lit by more than just the moon, and if you arrive on time, you should also get a jaw-dropping look at the Continental Divide. The dinner benefits the Grand Huts Association, which is trying to link the Grand County backcountry with year-round eco-friendly huts for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for kids under sixteen, paid by cash or check only. For information, go to www.devilsthumbranch.com or call 1-970-726-8231. JESSICA CENTERS
Sat., March 14, 2009