Winter Ranch Video

Winter is a magical time to visit Lone Mountain Ranch! There’s so many activities to do from sleigh rides, nordic skiing, downhill skiing, dog sled rides, snowshoeing, and even visiting Yellowstone National Park by snowcoach! You know what they say, seeing is believing – so check out our Winter Video below:

Winter Discovery

If you’re looking to experience an all-around guest winter ranch vacation that embodies Montana and the spirit of the Mountain West, the Winter Discovery Package is the ideal choice. Guests enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, evenings around a glowing woodstove, miles of cross-country ski terrain, and live western music to name a few of the experiences that leave guests returning year after year for our Discovery Package. Recently voted “Best Family Ranch” by Top 50 Ranches, experience the adventure of a lifetime your whole family will enjoy!

Discovery Package Details:

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Sleigh Ride & Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • Authentic Nordic ski in/ski out cabin lodging
  • Nordic ski gear and snowshoe equipment and full access to the #1 x-country trail system in North America
  • Morning Yoga in B-K Guest Lounge
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Downhill ski & snowboard concierge and transportation to Big Sky Resort
  • Live Western music in the Saloon
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Winter

Nordic Skiing

With 85 kilometers of carefully maintained woodland trails over phenomenal mountain terrain, it’s no wonder Lone Mountain Ranch has been voted Cross Country Skier magazine’s #1 Nordic ski destination in North America. Our knowledgeable guides, dependable snow and wide range of trails offers something for beginners, experts, leisurely explorers and hardcore athletes.
Operated under a special permit with Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Downhill Skiing

11,166 feet up, 5,700 skiable acres, 4,350 feet of vertical drop, 22 chairs, 300 runs, 4 mountains, and an average of 400+ inches of annual snowfall – Lone Mountain Ranch is located just 10 minutes from our neighbor, Big Sky Resort. On demand transportation to and from the slopes is always included, and some packages offer ski passes or full gear concierge. When you get to the bottom, the Ranch is the perfect place to unwind.

Snowshoeing

Explore the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem on foot, without harming the delicate biodiversity all around. The 30 km of snowshoe trails meander through the ranch, outside of the Nordic trail system. Start at your cabin door and trek alone, with friends or family, with a guide, or even lit by the moon – full moon snowshoe tours are a favorite of guests and locals.

Snowshoes are available for rent in the Ranch’s Outdoor Shop, and a trail map will get you started on your journey. Call 406.995.4734 with any questions.

Dog Sledding

The ranch can arrange a special excursion with our partners at Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures. This is a truly unique way to experience the wintry landscape. Around every bend, there’s more to see: majestic peaks, unobstructed views of Fan Mountain, untouched landscapes.

Sit back and glide quietly along, try driving with hands-on instruction from experienced guides. Handling a sled team is exhilarating and unlike any other form of travel.

Yellowstone National Park

Lone Mountain Ranch is deeply interconnected with Yellowstone Park. For over a century, we have shared land, air, resources and guides with a national treasure, and there is nothing more special than the quiet of the Park in winter.

Lone Mountain Ranch guides are trained and certified Yellowstone Park guides, ready to take you to parts of the park inaccessible to other visitors. Cross country ski or snowshoe into the backcountry, or take a snowcoach to explore the most iconic scenery. Bison, elk, wolves, eagles and brightly colored steaming geysers are in view this time of year.

Fly Fishing

As an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing operation, Lone Mountain Ranch is the best way to access the year-round abundance of both the Gallatin and Madison Rivers. Our guides can help first-timers and long-timers discover the perfect spots to cast for rainbow, brown and brook trout. The winter offers a special kind of serenity, with zero crowds and large, healthy trout. Access remote blue ribbon streams by snowshoe, or pair a half-day wade with a few hours of skiing.

Backcountry Skiing

Lone Mountain Ranch is situated among thousands of miles of luxurious, rugged wilderness just beyond our doorstep. After a short shuttle ride with a naturalist guide to the Northwest corner of Yellowstone or to the Gallatin National Forest, you will have access to tours of varying difficulty, ranging from easy rolling trails to more advanced glides ideal for practicing your telemark turns. Tours are rated easy, moderate or difficult, depending on length, the amount of climbing, and the difficulty of the skiing.

Massage & Yoga

It’s not just a spa treatment, participating in yoga or massage can help you acclimate to the Ranch’s high altitude more quickly, and may even help prevent injury. Unwind your body and mind after a vigorous day, or start the morning with a routine to kickstart the adventure. Certified yoga instructors will take you through Vinyasa style yoga to warm and condition the body while softening and relaxing the mind.

Massage therapists offer a range of soothing styles, from Swedish, Russian and Thai massage to acupressure, shiatsu and sports massage. Add a head massage, Feet Treat or hot stone therapy for extra pampering. Our massage and yoga studios are located in the Ranch’s original B-K lodge. We recommend signing up for these activities at the beginning of your trip to get the most from your time with us.

Grooming Report

 

 
Come and ski or snowshoe with us at The Outpost Nordic shop.
Great day to get out and ski!
The Outpost will be open daily from 8 AM – 10 PM.

 


Current Conditions
1/18/2018

Snow ConditionsPacked snow
New Snow last 24 hours0″
Base Depth22″
Current Temperature22°F @7:30 AM
Forecasted Temperature 38°F
Current WeatherMostly Cloudy
Forecasted WeatherMostly Cloudy, Chance of PM Snow

Ski Trails Open80 K
Snowshoe Trails Open30 K
Fat Bike Trails Open
(see hours open below)
 Zero K

 

 

Upper Trails

Boomerang

Groomed

Dutch’s DetourGroomed
Walkin’ Jim’s WayGroomed
MongoliaGroomed
Mountain ViewGroomed
Ridge RunGroomed
Schaap’s SchussGroomed
SiberiaGroomed
Sluice BoxGroomed
SummitGroomed
Ullr’sGroomed

Ranch Trails

 

Fanny’s FlingOpen
Joy’s LoopGroomed
North ForkGroomed
Ranch LoopOpen
Kids LoopGroomed

 

Lower Trails

AndesiteBackcountry Conditions
TunnelOpen
Antler RidgeCLOSED
Beaver SlideBackcountry Conditions
Far EastOpen
Middle ForkBackcountry Conditions
Golf CourseOpen
Tree FarmOpen
Far East (Dog Trail)Open
Town Center (Dog Trails)CLOSED for the Season
Ralph’s OutlookCLOSED

 

Fat Bike Trail  Please call the Outpost at 995-4734 for more information.

Lower Tree FarmClosed
CreeksideClosed
Kids LoopClosed
Carlin’s CruiseClosed
Nature Trail (single track)Closed
Town CenterClosed
Far EastClosed

 


Operated by permit with the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

The best ski trip – Big Sky

beautiful cabin along a snow covered creek

 

The perfect ski trip is in Big Sky, Montana.  It doesn’t matter if you are looking for downhill skiing, Nordic skiing or backcountry skiing, you’ll find Big Sky to be a magical winter wonderland for all winter activities.  Staying at Lone Mountain Ranch is the icing on the cake!

DOWNHILL

300 ski runs, 4,350 feet of vertical drop, 22 chair lifts on over 5,700 skiable acres!  With such a large ski area, you’ll find ski runs for all level of skiers and short lines at the lifts.  The cool Montana climate creates the perfect snow powder conditions, often nicknamed “cold smoke”. And it’s all just 10 minutes from your private cabin at Lone Mountain Ranch. On-demand transportation to and from the slopes is always included with your stay.  

NORDIC

Lone Mountain Ranch has become the mecca for Nordic skiers in North America.  There are 85 kilometers of maintained cross country ski trails, right from the doors of our cabins.  Operated under a special permit with Custer Gallatin National Forest. Whether you’re an expert Nordic skier or you’re new to Nordic skiing, our guides can help choose the best trail for you.  

EVEN MORE WINTER ACTIVITIES

While it is so tempting to just stay bundled up in your warm and cozy cabin, you should really enjoy some fun winter activities! (Although, we understand how enjoyable it is to simply take a relaxing day to read a book by the wood stove, get a massage and attend a yoga class – that’s ok too!) If skiing is not your cup of tea, you’ll be happy to know that there are many other winter activities including winter tours of Yellowstone, ice fishing, dog sled rides, snowshoeing and our famous sleigh ride dinners.

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LODGING

After a busy day skiing on the mountain, it is heaven when you return to a warm, quiet cabin. Whether you are looking for a single cabin for a peaceful couple’s get-away or you are looking to book multiple cabins for a bigger group adventure, you’ll find our cabins are a big part of the reason that makes Lone Mountain Ranch the perfect ski package vacation destination.

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MEALS

Fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Enjoy culinary perfection (locally sourced) that is sure to exceed your expectations. You’re on vacation, go enjoy the snow and let us spend the day cooking and preparing great meals to welcome you back to the ranch and replenish your energy.

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WHY LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH?

Lone Mountain Ranch was homesteaded in 1915 and has become the treasure of Big Sky, Montana. Whether you learn of the ranch by its dining, cabins, sleigh rides or any of the other activities you can do on or near the ranch, you’ll find that it is the perfect winter vacation destination.

  • Located in the town of Big Sky
  • Only an hour from Bozeman
  • We’ll pick you up from the airport
  • Only 18 miles North of Yellowstone NP
  • Incredible meals included
  • Winter Activities all family members will enjoy

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Yellowstone Vacation Packages

 

Yellowstone National Park is a trip of a lifetime. Lone Mountain Ranch is only 18 miles from the park boundary and the ranch resides in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Our Yellowstone vacation package includes tours of the park, incredible meals, relaxing lodging and custom add-on activities to give you the perfect Yellowstone vacation. Don’t just visit Yellowstone, experience activities in and around the park!

LODGING

Returning to a cozy cabin each evening makes your Yellowstone trip feel more authentic and unique. Whether you are looking for a single cabin for a peaceful couple get away or you are looking to book multiple cabins for a bigger group adventure, you’ll find our cabins are the perfect place to stay on your vacation.

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MEALS

Fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Enjoy culinary perfection (locally sourced) that is sure to exceed your expectations. You’re on vacation, go explore and let us spend the day cooking and preparing great meals to welcome you back to the ranch and replenish your energy.

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ACTIVITIES & ADVENTURES

Not all visitors are the same. Whether you’re visiting in the summer or the winter, there are so many activities you can choose from. In addition to Tours of Yellowstone Park, you can horse back ride, fly fish, mountain bike, downhill ski, nordic ski, snowshoe, white water raft, hike, go for a dog sled ride and of course take advantage of yoga and massages. There’s so much to do, it’s just hard to choose!

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WHY LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH?

Lone Mountain Ranch was homesteaded in 1915 and has become the treasure of Big Sky, Montana. Whether you learn of the ranch by its dining, cabins, sleigh rides or any of the other activities you can do on or near the ranch, you’ll find that it is the perfect place to stay when visiting Yellowstone National Park.

  • Located in the town of Big Sky
  • Only an hour from Bozeman
  • We’ll pick you up from the airport
  • Only 18 miles North of Yellowstone NP
  • Incredible meals included
  • Activities all family members will enjoy

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Holiday Discovery Package

Join us for an unforgettable holiday season at Lone Mountain Ranch! Leave the stress of the holidays at home and enjoy the season Nordic skiing over 85 km of trails, snowboarding at Big Sky Resort and dining around a candle lit dinner in our historic North Fork Cabin. Add gingerbread house making to the list and don’t forget a quick ski with Santa! Deck the halls with Lone Mountain Ranch this holiday season and escape to your own personal winter wonderland!

Holiday Discovery Package Details:

  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Authentic Cabin Lodging
  • Sleigh Ride Dinner
  • Morning Yoga in B-K Guest Lounge
  • Nordic Ski Gear Rentals & Passes
  • Access to #1 Trail System in America
  • Ski concierge and shuttle to Big Sky Resort
  • The Grand Christmas Day feast
  • Skiing with Santa
  • Gingerbread house making and holiday festivities
  • New Year’s Eve toast with fireworks
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • Bozeman airport transfers

Holiday weeks run Dec 22 – 27 and Dec 27 – Jan 2

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Career Opportunities

Employment

Working and living at Lone Mountain Ranch is a rewarding experience and one that many folks have enjoyed over the decades. We are committed to providing unforgettable and unique experiences with exceptional customer service to our guests and we focus those experiences on high quality adventures.

To deliver this, it takes an exceptional staff and we make our crew a priority by providing a safe, professional and adventure-filled work environment and experience. We hire dynamic and personable team players and look for both full-time and seasonal staff for positions in our kitchen, dining room, housekeeping, kid’s, naturalist, ski and horse programs and the office and maintenance departments.

Our crew is one of our most valuable assets. Lone Mountain Ranch guests enjoy the chance to meet and get to know crew and crew are involved with the guest experience from guiding trips to joining them over meals. Excellent crew consistently provides our guests with a unique and exceptional vacation experience.

The Ranch crew consistently receives praise from our guests for their work ethic, helpfulness, great attitude, common sense and their desire to generously share their love and enthusiasm for the Ranch and its surroundings with guests.

Working at the Ranch also provides the opportunity to discover the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by crew participating in limitless recreational experiences. National Forests and Parks, Blue Ribbon trout streams and wild and scenic whitewater rivers are all easily accessible from the Ranch.

During the winter, we have a world-class Nordic Ski Center and the Biggest Skiing in America at Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resorts. We are recognized as one of North America’s finest Nordic skiing resorts with 100 km of trails groomed for both skating and classic. With our very dependable snow, the area is great for Nordic, alpine, telemark and back country skiing alike.

Our summer season runs from about June 1 to September 30. Hiring for summer begins in late-February. Our winter season runs from about December 5 to March 31 with hiring beginning in mid-September. Although there may be some flexibility with the dates of employment, your chances of being hired increase if you apply early and if you can work through the entire season. Dorm style or semi-private housing can be offered for most seasonal employees.

Lone Mountain Ranch is an equal opportunity employer and is proud to provide its employees with a non-smoking work environment. We welcome all nationalities for employment and because of the restrictions concerning the hiring of foreign applicants, you must have your working papers in order before submitting your application for review.  Note to international applicants: Lone Mountain Ranch does not sponsor H2b visa’s and only occasionally hires J1 visa students based on our needs. Lone Mountain Ranch hires through specific J1 sponsored agencies that screen and hire on our behalf.

If you are interested and feel you could contribute significant value to the Ranch, please take a few minutes to fill out an employment application. For further information or any employment questions please contact us at hr@LoneMountainRanch.com. Thank you for your interest in working at the Ranch!

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Montana Ranch Weddings

PLANNING YOUR SPECIAL DAY

It’s true… it is the biggest day of your life and the place you get married should reflect the significance of the occasion. Lone Mountain Ranch is that place. A wedding at the ranch, large or small, in summer or winter, will set a glorious stage for the rest of your life together.

A destination for 100 years, Lone Mountain Ranch has a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, accommodations for up to 150 guests, complete food & beverage service capabilities, plus a full range of ranch activities that will leave every guest with a lifetime of memories.

Dining

Our team is highly skilled in creating events that will bring your vision to life. We are uniquely prepared to deliver a full range of dining options, from an exquisite 5-course plated service, to festive outdoor family BBQs. We know how to set the table for a fabulous event that everyone will remember.

Lodging

With over 24 unique accommodations ranging from a six bedroom home to quaint creekside cabins, our diverse collection of options makes Lone Mountain Ranch the ideal venue for your destination wedding.

Activities

Guests of Lone Mountain Ranch can choose from of an amazing array of activities on and off the ranch. From horseback riding, to guided tours of Yellowstone Park, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, guided fly fishing, massage, yoga, and more. You will truly experience everything Montana has to offer!

Why Choose Lone Mountain Ranch?

Lone Mountain Ranch is a destination where guests disconnect from the world, while connecting with others through unforgettable adventures in a spectacular natural setting. Moments are crafted through discovery, exceptional people, fun activities, and a breathtaking environment.

  • Stunning views of Lone Peak and surrounding mountians
  • Just under an hour from the Bozeman International Airport
  • Authentic cabin lodging
  • Indoor and Outdoor venues for every season
  • Farm-to-table cusisine

To plan your event, or arrange a tour of the ranch, please call 406.995.4644  or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com

Careers

Please send your qualified resume to HR@lmranch.com or apply online here-> https://www.coolworks.com/lone-mountain-ranch/form/application-for-employment

Current Openings

SOUS Chef

The Horn and Cantle restaurant at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky Montana is seeking a culinary leader to join our team as sous chef for winter season and beyond. We are a professional, forward thinking farm to fork kitchen that sources local, seasonal product. Responsibilities include managing the culinary functions to meet the food quality goals, meeting the company’s financial goals, facilities maintenance, and personnel development objectives. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with our company policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems. We offer; full time hours+ throughout the majority of the calendar year, with a very competitive wage, plus shared tips. Housing available.

Line Cooks
Seeking full time line cooks to join our culinary team for our winter season. http://www.hornandcantle.com/ Previous line cook experience required. The ability to work in all areas of the kitchen operations required; grill, sauté, prep, pantry and dish. The ability to produce quality food with attention to detail and flavor profiles required. Responsible for food preparation, maintaining sanitary standards and the ability to work well with fellow employees is critical. Housing Available.

Part Time Sleighride Host/ess

Our highly popular nightly dinner Sleighride at the North Fork Cabin is seeking a part time host/ess. Duties including answering phone call inquiries, Coordinating payments and dietary requests, in person check in and family style food service at the dinner sleighride cabin.

Outdoor Shop Retail Attendant

Our Retail/ Rental shop is currently accepting applications for winter employment. This exciting retail position requires an individual with a strong computer, customer service, sales skills and office skills. Primary duties include retail merchandise sales, working with guests on daily activity bookings in our computer system and supporting our front desk. Onsite dorm style Housing available.

Guest Transportation Driver

Lone Mountain Ranch is seeking a driver to transport our guests around the Bozeman/Big Sky area.
Drivers must have a clean driving record & Excellent guest service skills.

Summer 2018 Openings

Housekeepers

Currently accepting applications for detail orientated and customer service focused individuals to join our Summer housekeeping team. Previous housekeeping experience preferred. Main duties include daily cabin service, laundry, and public area cleaning. Ability to lift at least 50 lbs required.

Outdoor Shop Retail Attendant

Our Retail/ Rental shop is currently accepting applications for summer employment. This exciting retail position requires an individual with a strong computer, customer service, sales skills and office skills. Primary duties include retail merchandise sales, working with guests on daily activity bookings in our computer system and supporting our front desk. Onsite dorm style Housing available.

Summer 2018 Horse Wranglers

Seeking previously experienced horse wranglers to help lead/instruct our summer guest trail rides. Our summer horse program leads trips throughout the greater Yellowstone ecosystem including into the Northwest corner of Yellowstone Park, our local trail system, area forest service and wilderness trails.  Previous experience hauling horses and driving horse trailers preferred.  Daily horse care/vet care experience required. Individual must poses superior guest interaction skills and be 100% committed to guest safety.

Summer Outdoor Youth Adventures Counselors

Well qualified applicants must have previous experience working with a wide variety of youth age groups. Applicants must possess some previous experience facilitating activities such as high ropes course, mountain biking, camping, canoeing, games, arts /crafts, and nature and science based programs. Current First Aid/CPR required. Approx. dates June 1-late August.

Maintenance staff summer

Our maintenance department has a current opening for entry level maintenance/grounds position. Position requires previous experience with basic mechanical skills in vehicle, building maintenance and grounds maintenance. Frequent trips to Bozeman Airport. Individual must have superior guest interaction skills and safe driving record. Email your completed application

Horn and Cantle Summer Restaurant Positions

Lone Mountain Ranch -Luxury Guest Ranch in Big Sky, Montana seeks talented Culinarians

The Horn and Cantle Restaurant at Lone Mountain Ranch in Beautiful Big Sky Montana is hiring.

We offer seasonal employment 10 months out of the year.

 

We are a professional, forward thinking farm to fork kitchen that sources local, seasonal product.

Sous Chef

The Horn and Cantle restaurant is seeking a culinary leader to join our team as sous chef for summer season and beyond. We are a professional, forward thinking farm to fork kitchen that sources local, seasonal product. We offer; full time hours+ throughout the majority of the calendar year, with a very competitive wage, plus shared tips. Housing available.

Line Cooks

Seeking full time line cooks to join our culinary team for our upcoming Summer season. Previous line cook experience required. The ability to work in all areas of the kitchen operations required; grill, sauté, prep, pantry and dish. The ability to produce quality food with attention to detail and flavor profiles required. Responsible for food preparation, maintaining sanitary standards and the ability to work well with fellow employees is critical.

AM Front of House Supervisor

Seeking full time supervisor to join our hospitality driven Front of House farm to fork restaurant for our current Summer season. Previous FOH supervisory experience required.Responsibilities include assisting in the management of the breakfast and lunch operation to meet/exceed the service goals, and staff supervisory objectives while providing Superior guest hospitality.  Our Am Front of House supervisor carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with our company policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems. We offer; full time hours+ throughout the majority of the calendar year, with a very competitive wage, plus shared tips. Housing available

AM/PM Waitstaff

Seeking full time waitstaff to join our hospitality driven Front of House farm to fork restaurant for our upcoming Summer season. Previous FOH dining Waitstaff experience required.

Dish Steward

Seeking individuals to join our culinary team as dishwashers for our upcoming Summer season. Dish detail as well as some prep work experience required. Fulltime Seasonal Position. Must be able to work through Oct 10th 2018.

Sleigh and Stay

Combine the magic of the Sleigh Ride Dinner with a restful winter night at Lone Mountain Ranch and in one of our cozy log cabins.

For over 35 years the Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride dinner has been a cherished tradition. Guests are transported on horse drawn sleighs under star light skies to the North Fork cabin. A very special prime rib dinner is served family-style in a room illuminated by oil lanterns and rounded out by the tunes of a cowboy musician. A festive atmosphere is fueled by the warmth of a 100-year-old railroad cook stove and the close camaraderie of the dinner guests. The Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride embodies the wintertime spirit of Montana like no other. Combine the magic of the Sleigh Ride Dinner with a restful winter night at Lone Mountain Ranch and in one of our cozy log cabins. Wake up by a warm fire feeling energized for a great day skiing the mountain.

Sleigh & Stay Package Details:

  • Authentic ski in/ski out Montana lodging
  • Daily breakfast at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Sleigh Ride Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities

Ski + Stay In Real Montana

There’s a new way to ski Big Sky Resort. Ten minutes away from all the crowds and the noise of the slopes is a totally different kind of Montana weekend. Whether you choose to ski, ski, ski or mix it up with fly fishing, fat tire biking, world-class Nordic trails or a guided tour of Yellowstone Park, this is the perfect Montana gift to start 2018 right. We’re offering the peace and the pace of Lone Mountain Ranch, at the highest level of hospitality and service. This package includes:

  • Includes all Winter Discovery Package amenities
  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Sleigh Ride & Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • Lift ticket at Big Sky Resort ($130 value)
  • Downhill ski & snowboard concierge and transportation to Big Sky Resort
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Lucky Skiing

I’m going to take a second to brag about how lucky I am to live in Big Sky and work with Lone Mountain Ranch for the winter season. Having 85 kilometers of pristine Nordic trails to ski on every day would be enough to keep most people satisfied for the season, but as if that’s not enough, our trails connect to Big Sky Resort’s 5,800 acres of downhill ski terrain. I’m talking about enough area to keep someone on skis busy for season after season.

A short ten minute drive up the mountain from the Ranch will put you right at the base area of the Biggest Skiing in America. With terrain ranging from the magic carpet bunny hills to the steeps of the A-Z chutes and The Headwaters, there really isn’t anything that Big Sky doesn’t have for downhill enthusiasts. Anything, that is, except for world class Nordic trails that allow you to get your legs in shape for those 15 inch powder days that will be here soon.

Enter Lone Mountain Ranch. Nordic skiing, whether classic or skating, is a great way to get your body ready for the demands of downhill skiing. You certainly could spend all day on downhill skis, but after a long summer your legs will usually hate you after the first few outings. A wiser alternative is to come out to the Ranch, free the heel for a few days, and get your legs back in shape while exploring our beautiful trail system. Legs aside, Nordic skiing is also a great cardio workout which will help a lot when you are hiking up ridges to find fresh lines as the season progresses.

If you are a die-hard Nordic skier, I would encourage you to take a day and explore some of the incredible downhill terrain we have here in Big Sky. Likewise, if you spend every day up on the mountain, take a day and come visit us here at the Ranch to get some Nordic skis on your feet. With a full line of rental equipment and experienced instructors, we have everything you need to get back in shape and get ready for the long days of downhill skiing that will be here soon. As a rider who does it all, the skate skiing at the Ranch now is epic-the skating conditions can’t be beat. See you out on the trails.

A River Runs Through It

What is it like to fly fish at Lone Mountain Ranch? Just ask fishing guide John McKinnie, who has to pinch himself daily to make sure he isn’t dreaming.

Here’s what to expect depending on the time of year, co-authored with our friends at Orvis:

June: Great early-season fishing can be found in the many streams of Yellowstone National Park. Hatches of caddis flies, PMD’s and salmon flies can be found on the Firehole and Madison Rivers. The creeks of the Lamar Valley are also a great early season option. We will also be fishing dam-released sections of some rives, due to the spring run-off. Depending on the snow pack, the Gallatin can also provide good early season action.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 30’s, Highs 60’s to 70’s
  • Rainfall: 3”
  • Hours of daylight: 18
  • Water temperatures: 45-50 Degrees

July: Dry-fly fishing is in full swing! We have swarms of hatches on all the rivers. Mayflies, caddis flies, stoneflies, yellow sallies and spruce moths are abundant and often entice the fish to feed at the surface. The Madison offers the famous salmon fly hatch and spruce moths have been known to cloud the banks of the Gallatin.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 40’s, Highs around 80
  • Rainfall: 1.5”
  • Hours of daylight: 17
  • Water temperatures: 50-60 Degrees

August: Trout cruise the banks of the rivers looking for grasshoppers, beetles and ants that fall into the water. Rainbows and browns will take these terrestrial patterns with aggression; a surface strike is sure to get anyone excited. Fishing “hoppers” in the Paradise Valley of the Yellowstone or along the banks of the mighty Missouri can make for a memorable experience. Or, stay closer to the Ranch and fish the Gallatin and Madison, which can also be very productive at this time.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 40’s, Highs around 80
  • Rainfall: 1.5”
  • Hours of daylight: 16
  • Water temperatures: 50-60 Degrees

September: The rivers have generally fewer crowds, the wildlife is more abundant, the autumn scenery is stunning and the fishing is great. Terrestrials usually remain consistent, baetis hatches will occur on overcast days and fish will begin to strike at streamers. The Madison in Yellowstone National Park gives an angler a chance for trophy browns that have migrated up river from Hebgen Lake.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 30’s, Highs 70’s
  • Rainfall: 1.5”
  • Hours of daylight:14
  • Water temperatures: 45-55 Degrees

Winter Season: To the surprise of many, the winter can be a great time to go fly-fishing. Most of the Gallatin and Madison will remain open year round and can provide some amazing nymph fishing opportunities. The fish will eat mainly stonefly, midge and egg patterns during this time of year.

  • Average temperatures: Lows teens, Highs 30’s
  • Snowfall: 200”
  • Hours of daylight: 9-12
  • Water temperatures: 35-45 Degrees

The Ranch

Helpful Information

Getting Here

Lone Mountain Ranch is located in the scenic town of Big Sky, Montana, just 50 minutes drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). Included in our all-inclusive packages, we offer on demand concierge service to and from Bozeman airport in our fleet of black-car SUVs.

Staying Here

Guests at the Ranch can make themselves truly at home. With meals and activities included in most vacation packages, you’re free to come and go and relax as you please. Summer guests, plan to stay a full week. All guests, make this your Real Montana home.

Dining Here

Big Sky’s premier farm-to-table fine dining experience is located right on the Ranch at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant. Acclaimed Executive Chef Eric Gruber oversees all menus, from breakfast and brunch at the restaurant to happy hour at the Saloon to the historic sleigh ride dinners. We’re delighted to accommodate all dietary needs with special menus as requested.

Cabins

There are 27 historic log cabins on the property, ranging from 1 to 6 bedrooms. We also offer 5 pairs of adjoining cabins, perfect for families with older kids or group getaways. All of our cabins offer privacy, comfort and top-shelf amenities, beautifully renovated and lovingly restored in 2016.
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Packages

We can help you custom tailor your best Montana experience. Start with one of our packages, from Winter Discovery to Exploring Yellowstone to an Angler’s Dream, then add any adventures you want to explore on our reservations page.

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From finding your boot size to curating the perfect trail map, our Ranch Hands are experienced adventurers who thrive on giving exceptional hospitality. Ask them anything about ranch life in Western Montana or what to expect when you visit Lone Mountain.