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Great Bear Weddings

Special Days Made More Special

Imagine exchanging your vows in a rustic setting with scenic views. Great Bear weddings and ceremonies can be held inside The Lodge or outside with a breathtaking backdrop of the lush, rolling hills of the park in Sioux Falls, SD.

Plan on having a great event when you choose The Lodge at Great Bear as your venue. Featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces and full catering options, including beer, wine and liquor, our event coordinator will work closely with you to ensure your special day is as worry-free and wonderful as you have envisioned. 

At Great Bear, we are dedicated to keeping you safe and comfortable as you celebrate with family and friends. Learn more about how we are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here.


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Wedding Reception Location in Sioux Falls, SD

Amazing views, amazing food, and amazing ambiance all come together to make your special wedding day even more amazing. The Lodge at Great Bear banquet facilities are ideal for any size gathering and offer you a wide variety of menu and beverage options. Call our event coordinator today at  605-367-7317 and let us help plan your event of a lifetime.

Our wedding services include:

  • Complete Menu Options (Appetizers, Prime Rib Dinner, Steak Dinner, 2 Meat Buffet, Burger & Brat Buffet, Pork Loin, Pasta Dinner, Sandwich & Salad Buffet, Breakfast Buffet, Desserts) cater pricing includes the cost of tableware, flatware and glassware
  • Beverage Service Options (Beer, Wine, Champagne, Liquor, Soda, Coffee, Punch, etc.) 
  • Dinner seating for up to 200 guests in the chalet with additional seating for 96 on our deck or cocktail style for 300
  • Skirting for head table, serving table, guest book table, punch and cake table all at no additional charge 
  • 10 cocktail tables with covers at no additional charge
  • On site event coordinator with contacts to area professionals
  • Full day rental 8 am - midnight. Additional set up time available upon request
  • Block rental times available for designated dates and hours
  • On site catering, no need to worry about the caterer being late or unprepared
  • Our round tables seat 6, perfect for conversation
  • Chalet is fully heated and air conditioned
  • Chalet and deck are in compliance with ADA regulations
  • Modern, clean main level bathrooms
  • We use real plates, cutlery, glassware and chafing dishes at no additional charge
  • Flexible bar options, kegs, drink tickets, cash bar, open bar
  • Access to 220 acres of beautiful hills for the ceremony, outdoor activities and photo options
  • Shuttle service provided by most area hotels, list can be provided
  • Special Requests Available for Consideration 
  • Outside licensed catering is allowed for a $3 per person plate charge which covers the cost of provided tableware, flatware and glassware


For Special Events & Weddings ONLY

Great Bear Event Appetizers

  • Shrimp Cocktail w/sauce 5lbs (approx. 90 count.)
  • Salmon Filet w/onions, eggs, capers & crackers
  • Chicken Drummies w/choice of dipping sauce (75 pieces)
  • Meatballs in choice of sauce (160 pieces)
  • Egg Rolls w/homemade Asian sauce (50 pieces)
  • Fruit Tray with homemade Dip priced per person
  • Cheese &crackers - 5lbs assorted cheeses w/assorted crackers
  • Veggie tray w/homemade dip 30-40 servings
  • Homemade Spinach cheese & Artichoke dip (crackers, bread or chips - approx. 25 servings)
  • Smokies in choice of sauce 3lbs (approx. 150 count)
  • Deviled eggs per dozen
  • Party sandwiches per dozen


Below is a basic catering menu, if you have specific requests please ask. No outside food or beverages may be brought into Great Bear. A $1,500 food minimum is required. Weekday, done by 5 pm minimums may be different. Due to health and insurance regulations, no food or beverage prepared for the event may be taken out of Great Bear, no exceptions.

Pricing includes linens & skirting for the serving tables, linens for other tables may be rented for $5 each. Beverages are not included in the prices. Pricing does not include 9% city and state sales tax or 15% gratuity. Prices for events booked 30 days in advance are subject to change.

Slow Roasted Hand Carved Prime Rib

  • Choice of potato – Hand mashed, garlic mashed, or wild rice blend)
  • Vegetable medley
  • Garden Fresh Salad Greens with assorted dressings
  • Dinner rolls with butter

Steak Dinner

  • 6 oz flame broiled whiskey flavored Steak
  • Choice of potato – Hand mashed, garlic mashed, or wild rice blend)
  •  Vegetable medley
  • Garden Fresh Salad Greens with assorted dressings
  • Dinner rolls with butter

2 Meat Buffet

  • Choice of 2 meats (Hand Carved Roast Beef, Roasted Turkey, Pork loin or Chicken Breast)
  • Choice of potato – Hand mashed, garlic mashed, or wild rice blend)
  • Vegetable medley
  • Garden Fresh salad greens with assorted dressing
  • Dinner rolls with butter


Burger & Brat Buffet

  • Grilled Burgers & Bratwursts on a fresh bakery bun (hot dogs upon request)

  • Choice of 2 salads – Homemade potato salad or fresh veggie pasta, baked beans or coleslaw
  • Appropriate condiments provided

Pork Loin Sandwich Buffet

  • Hand Carved Roasted Pork loin on a fresh bakery bun

  • Choice of 2 sides – Homemade potato salad or fresh veggie pasta, baked beans or coleslaw
  • Appropriate condiments provided

Pasta Dinner

  • Homemade Alfredo or Marinara sauce with choice of pasta (bowtie or penne)
  • Roasted Meat sauce or grilled chicken added 1.99 per person
  • Vegetable medley
  • Garden Fresh salad greens with assorted dressings
  • Dinner rolls with butter

Sandwich & Salad Buffet

  • BBQ or Deli meats (Roast Beef, Turkey, & Ham) Egg Salad and Chicken Salad
  • Choice of 2 salads – Homemade potato salad or fresh veggie pasta, baked beans or coleslaw
  • Substitute Soup for Salads (chicken noodle, vegetable beef or chili)

Breakfast Buffet

  • Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage and Hash Browns
  • Assorted mini muffins
  • Fresh fruit (in season options)
  • Milk and juice priced separately


All items subject to 9% city and state sales tax and a 15% gratuity.  Prices for events booked more than 30 days in advance are subject to change. Appetizers are subject to the food minimum requirements.

Beverage Information

Great Bear Ski Valley holds a beer/wine license and can obtain a temporary liquor license with 6 weeks prior notice and a $100 license fee. Alcohol usage is restricted to within 300 feet of the chalet. Alcohol may be sold by the drink (cash bar), pre-sold, or inventoried.  All alcohol consumed at Great Bear must be purchased through Great Bear Recreation Park, Inc. No outside alcohol may be brought into the chalet or consumed on the property. Any outside alcohol brought into the chalet will be confiscated & offenders will be asked to leave the premises. All guests will be asked for a valid form of age identification and banded, no exceptions. Any underage drinking will result in the authorities being contacted. All fees must be paid in full the day of the event. Two bartenders will be provided for the event. If additional staff is needed there will be an additional charge of $50 per staff member. All beverages will be served from the designated bar area. Prices are subject to change. Below, please find an example of beverage costs:


  • 16 gallon domestic keg
  • 8 gallon domestic keg
  • 13.2 gallon import/micro brew keg
  • 12 oz domestic bottles
  • 12 oz import bottles
  • 12 oz Mikes Hard Lemonade
  • 12 oz Non-Alcoholic bottle

House Wine

  • per glass
  • 750 ml bottle 

House Champaigne

  • 750 ml bottle (additional brands available upon request)
  • Liquor
  • per glass (serves "top shelf" liquor)


  • 16 oz. glass (we proudly serve Pepsi products)
  • Coffee
  • 50 cups (cups, napkins & condiments provided)
  • 100 cups (cups, napkins & condiments provided)


  • Cups, napkins & punch bowl provided



Great Bear does not offer on site lodging, however the Homewood Suites by Hilton is conveniently located at the Interstate 2-29 and Louise Avenue exit. Our partnership allows discounted Great Bear ski and stay packages. For further information and rates, please visit them at or 605-338-8585.

Learn More About Our Ski & Stay Packages

Great Bear Ski Valley Offers A Picture-Perfect Setting For Your Wedding in Sioux Falls, SD

For more information about booking your wedding at Great Bear Ski Valley, please fill out the form below or call 605-367-7317. Please note: Due to the ski season, weddings can only be booked from April 1 to Oct. 31.

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