Weddings & PARTIES

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. 

Call our event coordinator today at 605.367.4309 and let us help plan your event of a lifetime.

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.


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. We use real plates, cutlery, glassware and chafing dishes at no additional charge.

Beverage Service Options

Beer, Wine, Champagne, Liquor, Soda, Coffee, Punch, etc. Flexible bar options including kegs, drink tickets, cash bar or open bar.

Dinner Seating for up to 200 cocktail 300+

Dinner seating for up to 200 guests in the lodge with additional seating for 96 on our deck or cocktail style for 300+. Our round tables seat 6, perfect for conversation.

On-site event coordinator

With contacts to area professionals

Full-day (8AM-11PM) OR Block rental OPTIONS

Additional set-up time available upon request

On-site catering

No need to worry about the caterer being late or unprepared


The lodge is fully heated and air-conditioned. Chalet and deck are in compliance with ADA regulations. Includes access to modern, clean main-level bathrooms.

Access to 220 acres

Access to 220 acres of beautiful hills for the ceremony, outdoor activities and photo options


Save time and money by renting items directly from us to enhance your special day. 


White or cream table covers available for an additional fee. Table covers for the head table, serving table, guest book table, punch and cake table included all at no additional charge.


Celebrate your nuptials with a party! 15 foot by 18 foot dance floor available for an additional fee.


For a beautiful backdrop, we have several arches in various styles available for an additional fee.


Let us chauffeur your guests in style. Better access our 220-acres with our 6-person golf cart for an additional fee (includes driver).

Capture your event with our on-staff photographer!

Take the stress out of shopping around for a professional photographer. Preserve your memories with our photo and film packages from all inclusive to a’ la carte. Our on-staff photographer/videographers have years of experience shooting weddings and events at Great Bear. They’d love to meet you!

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.


  • 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 Mike’s Hard Lemonade
  • 12 oz non-alcoholic bottle
  • Wine
    Per glass or 750 ml bottle
  • Champagne
    Additional brands available upon request
    750 ml bottle

Per glass (serves “top shelf” liquor)


Great Bear Ski Valley can obtain a temporary liquor license with 6 weeks prior notice and a $100 license fee. 

  • Soda
    We proudly serve Pepsi products
    16 oz. glass
  • Coffee
  • Punch
    Cups, Napkins & Condiments Provided
    50 Cups & 100 Cups


Weddings & Special Events

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.

Pricing includes linens and skirting for the serving tables. Linens for other tables may be rented for $9 each. Beverages are not included in the prices. 

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

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.


Great Bear does not offer on-site lodging. However, the Homewood Suites by Hilton is conveniently located at the Interstate 229 and Louise Avenue exit. Our partnership allows discounted Great Bear Stay & Play packages. For further information and rates, please visit them at or call 605.338.8585.


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 October 31.

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Corporate Packages

Escape the office with a company retreat at Great Bear Recreation Park! From team building and networking activities to strategic planning and training workshops, the lodge offers a variety of options in a scenic setting to fit every group’s goals.

With on-site catering, Great Bear provides an all-in-one getaway for your business or organization. Book your company retreat at Great Bear for a day of relaxation and productivity (available April through October).

Call 605.367.4309 or email Jill at to talk with our event coordinator to learn more. We will work closely with your team to custom design an event for your group!

"Jill and her team were fantastic. They helped us put on a great event with delicious food. They were flexible throughout the process and continually checked in to ensure our needs were met. I'll be working with them again in the future."


Monday - Thursday (8 AM - 5 PM) 












Members of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce receive 50% off rental rates. For events past 5 PM, rent will be $300 for the day Monday – Thursday.


Indoor & outdoor spaces

Areas available for breakout sessions and room to spread out

Outdoor recreation

Options include hiking trails and ample space for yard games or meditation

Conveniently located

Just 5 minutes from downtown Sioux Falls, Brandon, I-229 & I-90

Audiovisual equipment included

Table cover is available $7.50 each

Lodge & Deck Access

Lodge (fully heated & air-conditioned) and deck are ADA accessible


Work with our experienced on-site caterer to customize a menu that best fits your group’s needs and budget.

A La Carte Breakfast

Start the day with an a la carte breakfast spread including options such as fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice.

Lunch Buffet

Enjoy a delicious lunch midday. Other options available.

  • Burger & Brat Buffet $17.99 per person
  • Taco Buffet $14.99 per person
  • Sandwich & Salad (or Soup) Buffet $14.99 per person
Snack Break

Take a break and recharge with a snack. Options include cookies, bars, fruit, ice cream treats, snack mix and more! Provide refreshments for your team with a beverage service including soda, coffee and bottled water.

Social Hour

End the day with a social hour! Beer, wine and soda are available.

"We booked the lodge for our three-day staff retreat and it was the perfect location for us! We enjoyed being able to have separate spaces for our work time, lunch time, and happy hour time. The staff at the lodge were very accommodating to all of our needs!"

Book Your Event

Contact our Event Coordinator today to schedule a tour or check available dates!

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