Magical Sleigh Ride at Big White

With the temperature at  -6C and with snow falling lightly, we jingled our way through the forest aboard a  horse-drawn sleigh.  The sleigh was pulled by two Clydesdales, decked out in traditional gear, including bells.  The bells and the swishing of the sleigh were the only sounds  we heard as we moved through the tall snow-covered trees.  The forest sleigh ride is one of the alternative activities offered to skiers at the Big White Ski Resort, in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.  We were there in January 2013.

Clydesdales ready to go

Clydesdales ready to go

 

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Sleigh driver Jim

Sleigh driver Jim

 

Driver Jim's assistant

Driver Jim’s assistant

 

Leather belting on the horses

Leather belting on the horse’s rump

 

Rest at the hut

A rest at the hut

 

Warm fire adds atmosphere at the hut

Warm fire adds atmosphere at the hut

 

A welcome sup of hot chocolate

A welcome cup of hot chocolate

 

Here come the sled dog team

Here comes the dog sled team, catching our sleigh

 

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Sled dogs fly passed our sleigh, heading back to the village

The dog sled team flies past our sleigh, heading back to the village

 

Heading back to Big White Village

Returning to Big White Village, in the distance

 

Our sleigh done, hot work for the horses

Our sleigh ride is done, hot work for the horses

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