Get Over the Winter Blahs at Lone Mountain Ranch
Established in 1915 by Clarence Lytle, Lone Mountain Ranch was one of numerous cattle, horse and hay ranches dotting the Montana skyline. The dude ranch has undergone so many changes until it reached the hands of current owners Bob and Vivian Schaap. Now the Schaaps knew deep down that this wasn’t just another home away from home during summer. This is why they decided to run the ranch all year-round and offer winter vacationers high quality accommodation, delicious western themed meals, and a range of ranch and winter activities that promise to keep them entertained.
How to Celebrate Winter at Lone Mountain Ranch
Lone Mountain Ranch never unwinds, especially during the winter season between November 27 and April 19, 2015. This is why you can enjoy a wide range of activities such as:
Ski Big Sky – Big Sky is renowned for providing skiers and snowboarders alike with a unique skiing experience. Boasting over 5,800 acres covered with snow, it’s considered the most skiable terrain in the U.S. If you’re residing at the ranch during winter, you can head there on one of its private ski shuttles.
Yellowstone Tours – Yellowstone Park is the nation’s first national park and a wonderful place to watch bison herds wading through the snow. You can also explore the area by skiing, snowshoeing, or riding heated snow coaches. If you want, the ranch can also arrange for snowmobile rentals for a unique guided tour.
Nordic Skiing – One of the oldest winter activities at Lone Mountain Ranch, Nordic skiing will definitely take your breath away. The ranch has already been voted No. 1 by Cross Country Skier magazine, so don’t miss out on the chance to swish around the Big Sky Ski Resort and Moonlight Basin Ski Resort.
Backcountry Skiing – You don’t have to go for to enjoy the adrenaline rush of backcountry skiing. Thanks to the ranch’s location, you can explore the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem on two skis. Just make sure to book one of the numerous backcountry skiing tours, which include Fir Ridge, Specimen Creek, and Bighorn Trail.
Snowshoeing – Once at the ranch, the 30km of trails you see are going to tempt you to strap on a snowshoe and explore the area. If you want something more romantic, you can book a full moon snowshoe tour, which is a favorite of both locals and our guests.
Fly Fishing – You can enjoy fishing all year round at this dude ranch. Whether you choose to head to The Gallatin or Madison River, get ready to catch something tasty or simply take a picture with one of the rare species in the area. You can also combine snowshoe and fishing or book an ice fishing trip on Hebgen Lake.
Dog Sledding – Lone Mountain Ranch can arrange for its guests to experience other services offered at the Big Sky area. If you want a dogsled adventure, the ranch will book one with Spirit of the North at Moonlight Basin. In addition to snuggling while a herd of trained dogs pulls you effortlessly through the surrounding winter wonderland, you can learn how to handle the enthusiastic canine cavalry in the lead.
Massage and Yoga – If you want to stay warm and toasty indoors, why not indulge in a full body massage? Guests can indulge in the massage and yoga therapy sessions offered at the ranch. Even if you want to venture outside, you can always come back to unwind while experienced therapists revive both your body and soul.
To complement this long list of activities, Lone Mountain Ranch offers a number of comfortable accommodation options where you can relax after a long day and warm your limbs in front of a fireplace or wood burning stove. And if that still isn’t enough, wait until you taste the offerings of the Mountain Bistro Dining. Not only are they prepared with organic ingredients, every morsel is so exquisite that you’d want to return to the ranch every year.
Winter 2015 Deals at Lone Mountain Ranch
If you’re tempted to head to this dude ranch in winter, you’re in luck. There are numerous winter packages you can enjoy, each offering lodging, meals and snacks, access to nearby trails, gourmet BBQ trail lunches, and entertainment at the ranch’s saloon to mention just a few. Here’s a quick overview of the deals you can get while vacationing there in winter:
Sleigh and Stay Package – Promising an unforgettable retreat, this package includes a sleigh ride dinner, live entertainment, one night at the ranch’s cabins, a delicious breakfast at the dining lodge, and one day access to the nearby trails. Rates start at $399 per couple.
Ski and Stay Package – By opting for this package, you can enjoy skiing downhill at Big Sky Resort. Your room will be at the Ridgetop Lodge, but you can always opt for a cabin. Rates start at $399 per couple per night and include a one day pass to the resort as well as breakfast.
Romance Package – For couples who seek solitude and relaxation, this package is perfect. It includes accommodation, meals, 2 one-hour full body massages, and numerous treats once you arrive. The package’s rates start at $895 per couple per night.
B&B Package – If you simply want to stay at the ranch and develop your own itinerary, you can enjoy a cozy night followed by a hearty breakfast for $275 and up per night.
To book any of these packages, visit http://www.lonemountainranch.com/ or call 800-514-4644. Don’t let winter get you down and giddy up to Lone Mountain Ranch for a unique holiday.
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