Winter Ranch Experience

Mad Wolf Winter Relay

Downhill, Run, Nordic and Fat Bike – on a new course this year! All Proceeds to benefit Big Sky Ski Education Foundation and the more than 200 kids who participate in ski racing. Register by February 23. 

Winter Discovery Package

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:

  • 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
  • Shuttle to Big Sky Resort
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • Bozeman airport transfers

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.

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

Grooming Report

 

 
Thanks for a great season! The Outdoor Shop will be open 9 AM – 5 PM through Friday, 4/14. Come check out our Spring Sale!

Spring Sale in the Outdoor Shop! 30-75% off

 

April 10, 2017


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Current Conditions
4/10/2017

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Current Temperature 25F @7:30 AM
Forecasted Temperature 45F
Current Weather Clear
Forecasted Weather Mostly Sunny
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Upper Trails

Boomerang Closed
Dutch’s Detour Closed
Walkin’ Jim’s Way Closed
Mongolia Closed
Mountain View Closed
Ridge Run Closed
Schaap’s Schuss Closed
Siberia Closed
Sluice Box Closed
Summit Closed
Ullr’s Closed

Ranch Trails

Carlin’s Cruise Closed
Fanny’s Fling Closed
Joy’s Loop Closed
North Fork Closed
Ranch Loop Closed
Kids Loop Closed

 

Lower Trails

Andesite Closed
Tunnel Closed
Antler Ridge Closed
Beaver Slide Closed
Far East Closed
Middle Fork Closed
Golf Course Closed
Tree Farm Closed
Far East (Dog Trail) Closed
Town Center (Dog Trails) Closed
Ralph’s Outlook Closed

 

Fat Bike Trails

When biking, please yield to people on skis and snowshoes. Trails closed to fat bikes when soft and leaving 1″ deep rut. Times open may vary based on conditions.

4/10/17 Fat Bike Trails (closed for the season)

Lower Tree Farm Closed
Creekside Closed
Kids Loop Closed
Carlin’s Cruise Closed
Nature Trail (single track) Closed
Town Center Closed
Far East Closed

 


Operated by permit with the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

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.

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
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