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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. 

Call our event coordinator today at  605-367-4309 and let us help plan your event of a lifetime.

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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  605-367-4309 and let us help plan your event of a lifetime.

Our wedding services include:

  • Complete Menu Options (Appetizers, 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 lodge 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 - 11 pm. 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
  • Special Requests Available for Consideration 

 

Menu (Weddings & Special Events)

Great Bear Event Appetizers

  • Shrimp Cocktail w/cocktail sauce (approx. 90 count.)
  • Chicken Drummies w/dipping sauce (75 pieces)
  • Meatballs in sauce (160 pieces)
  • Egg Rolls w/homemade Asian sauce (50 pieces)
  • Fruit Tray with homemade dip (priced per person)
  • Cheese & crackers - (assorted, 5lbs)
  • Veggie tray w/homemade dip (30-40 servings)
  • Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip (crackers, bread or chips - approx. 25 servings)
  • Smokies in BBQ sauce (approx. 150 count)
  • Veggie bagel pizzas
  • 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. Food minimums apply for lodge rentals. 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 $7.50 each. Beverages are not included in the prices. 

Steak Dinner

  • 6 oz flame broiled whiskey flavored Steak
  • Choice of side - mashed potatoes 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 side - mashed potatoes 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 sides – Homemade potato salad or fresh veggie pasta, baked beans or coleslaw
  • Appropriate condiments provided
  • Kettle Chips

Pork Loin or Pulled Pork Sandwich Buffet

  • Hand Carved Roasted Pork Loin or Pulled Pork on a fresh bakery bun

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

Pasta Dinner

  • Homemade Alfredo or Marinara sauce with choice of pasta (bowtie or penne)
  • Add roasted meat sauce or grilled chicken for additional charge
  • 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 sides – Homemade potato salad or fresh veggie pasta, baked beans or coleslaw
  • Substitute Soup for Salads (chicken noodle, vegetable beef or chili)
  • Kettle chips

Breakfast Buffet

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

Taco Buffet

  • Soft shells & tortilla chips
  • Beef & chicken
  • Assorted toppings
  • Shrimp available for additional chrage

 

Pricing does not include 9% city and state sales tax or 18% service charge. Prices for events booked 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 Managemet, 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.

A bartender will be provided for the event. If additional staff is needed there will be an additional charge of $25 per hour per staff member. All beverages will be served from the designated bar area. 

Beer

  • 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)

Soda

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

Punch

  • Cups, napkins & punch bowl provided

 

Lodging 

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 Stay & Play packages. For further information and rates, please visit them at siouxfalls.homewoodsuites.com or 605-338-8585.

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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 605-367-4309. Please note: Due to the ski season, weddings and other private events can only be booked from April 1 to Oct. 31.

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