Winter Day Visitors
2013-14 Day Visitor Activities and Rates
Lone Mountain Ranch is open to the public and offers exceptional experiences to local residents and visitors alike. Please call or email our Office at 406-995-4644, Outdoor Shop at 406-995-4734, Dining Lodge at 406-2782 or Sleigh Ride Dinner Office at 406-995-2783 for reservations or questions.
Explore spectacular scenery on over 85 km of impeccably groomed skate and classic ski trails in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Voted #1 in a Cross Country Skier magazine reader poll, Lone Mountain Ranch invites skiers of all ability levels to venture out on the trails. Whether you are looking to stay on relatively easy terrain for a morning ski, take your dog to get some lunch-time exercise, spend a long weekend day exploring the upper trail system’s Summit or Walkin’ Jim’s Way or take a lesson with a PSIA-certified instructor, there is over 2,200 vertical feet of trails to take in.
Our skier’s buffet lunch is a great way to fuel up for or wind down from your ski. Many skiers enjoy the homemade soups and salads, but pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy or Montana burgers and hand-cut fries are available for those looking for a heartier lunch. And don’t forget to try one of Clint’s pastries or deserts. If you finish up your ski after 3:30, take a break and stop in at the Saloon for a beverage on the veranda.
2013-14 Day and Multi-Day Trail Passes
Children ages 12 and under & Seniors 70 and older, Free
Teens, ages 13-17 & Seniors 60-69, $9/ each
Adults, ages 18-59, $18/ each
Season Passes (December 1, 2012-March 23, 2013)
Children ages 12 and under & Seniors 70 and older, Free
Teens, ages 13-17 & Seniors 60-69, $100/ each
Adults, ages 18-59, $200/ each
Family Package (includes 2 adults and 1 teen), $450
Each additional Teen in family (add on to Family Package), $50/ each
Lessons: our PSIA-certified instructors welcome guests of all abilities. Whether you just beginning and want to learn the basics or are looking for more advanced instruction, our instructors are here to help you meet your individual goals and enhance your enjoyment of the sport.
Group (1.5 hour) $45/ person
Private (1 hour) $70/ 1st person and $35/each additional person added to the same private lesson
First Timer Package $63/ person (includes group lesson, rental and trail fees)
Standard Package (includes skis, boots and poles)
Adult $20/ day or $110/ week
Kids $9/ day or $45/ week
Adults $30/day or $150/ week
Dinner Sleigh Rides
The sound of the horse bells jingling, the smell of Montana-sized prime rib dinner and the sight of folks singing to “Fresh Bread” are just a taste of what you’ll remember from your night on Big Sky, Montana’s original sleigh ride dinner. The evening begins at 7PM when you board your sleigh and begin your 20 minute journey up to the North Fork Cabin. Don’t worry, warm blankets are provided to keep the chill of winter off of your and you can grab a cup of hot cocoa for the ride up. A cup of hot homemade soup is ready for when you take your seat in the cabin and don’t forget to grab a dollop of our secret recipe horseradish for your prime rib served with crisp roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables. The meal is all-you-can-eat, so don’t forget to save room for dessert with hand-whipped cream.
Throughout dinner, you’ll hear the sounds of cowboy music, which you’re encouraged to sing along to. You’ll also have a chance to start your own sing-along as your board the sleighs and take the ride back down to the Outdoor Shop. Or, just sit and enjoy the solitude as you look up at the star-filled sky through the snow laden trees. You’ll arrive back at the Outdoor Shop around 9:30PM.
As you may have guessed, space is limited so reservations are required and you will want to call early to secure your spot. Call 406-995-2783.
Rates for Winter 2013-14:
Adults, $78 & Children (4-12) $59.00
Adults, $95.00 & Children (4-12) $84.00
Adults, $88.00 & Children (4-12) $69.00
Adults, $78.00 & Children (4-12) $59.00
*includes sleigh ride, dinner, live cowboy entertainment and tax. Does not include gratuity.
Day Sleigh Rides
Meet your sleigh driver and team of horses at the Outdoor Shop by 12:15PM. After a brief introduction, you’ll ride up a private trail to the North Fork cabin under the warmth of the afternoon sun and towering trees. Hot cocoa and fresh baked treats will be served around a campfire at the North Fork cabin before returning to the Outdoor Shop around 1:30PM. Call 406-995-2783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
$40/Adult (ages 13+), $29/Child (ages 3-12), Children ages 2 and under are free.
Price includes tax & gratuity.
If you want to explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem outside a pair of skis, strap on a pair of snowshoes. Snowshoeing has been around for over 1,000 years, is easy to learn and a great form of exercise with little risk of injury. The snowshoe trail system stands on its own outside of the Nordic trail system. The over 30 km of trails meander through the Ranch and can be toured alone, with friends or family or with a guide. Full moon snowshoe tours are also a favorite of guests and locals.
Snowshoe Trail Passes
Day Pass $18
Day Pass (Seniors ages 60-69) $9
Day Pass (Seniors ages 70+) Free
Day Pass (Kids 12 and under) Free
Adult $20/ day or $110/ week
Kids $9/ day or $45/ week
Guided Ski and Snowshoe Tours
A trip on your own or with family or friends by ski or snowshoe into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is spectacular; the scenery, solitude and wildlife are unmatched. Imagine going with a guide who can tell you the names of the craggy peaks, the history of the area and what wildlife you are seeing and how to share the trail with them. Or, hopping on a snowcoach in Yellowstone with our guides who split your time between exploring via snowcoach and via skis or snowshoes passing bison congregating around a thermal feature. Our guides are very knowledgeable and have been guiding for several years. Whether you are interested in taking a trip to the Northwest Corner of Yellowstone National Park or hitting the trails around the Ranch, a guided experience is a must do during your time in Big Sky.
Tour includes naturalist guide, transportation, lunch, equipment rental, YNP entrance fee. 3% tax and guide gratuity additional.
*Rates for 2013-14 Winter Season
Snowcoach Trips leave from the Ranch around 8AM and return to the Ranch around 6PM.
Yellowstone National Park Snowcoach Tour (Geyser Basin or Canyon) $225/ person
Yellowstone National Park Ski/ Snowshoe Tour $105/ person (if join with on-ranch guests)
Half Day Ski/ Snowshoe Tour $95/ person
Mammoth Wildlife Watching $190/ person
Private Ski or Snowshoe Tour
Tour includes: naturalist guide, transportation, lunch equipment rental. Tax and guide gratuity additional
$650 Full Day Backcountry Tour (1-4 guests), $50 each additional guest
$400 1/2 Backcountry Tour (1-4 guests), $50 each additional guest
Guided Fly Fishing Trips, 2013-14
Lone Mountain Ranch’s ideal location in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which has the largest concentration of blue-ribbon trout fisheries on the planet, provides for exceptional fly fishing experiences. Whether you are inspired to cast a line for the first time after seeing A River Runs Through It and want to stand in the same stretch of the Gallatin River or you are an avid fly fisherman, our ORVIS® award-winning guides will deliver a memorable fly fishing experience.
Many guests ask “can you still fly fish with several feet of snow on the ground?” to which we proudly say “yes we can.” While winter fly fishing trips are shorter due to the shorter days, fishing opportunities are every bit as satisfying. As the Montana Office of Tourism says “God doesn't freeze rivers for a reason.” Your day starts out with a short drive to the Gallatin River or a bit longer to the Madison River around 10AM. After filling up on a cup of hot coffee, tea or cocoa, you’ll cast your line with most likely a nymph or streamer on the end. On the days the sun raises the temperatures to above freezing, a dry fly may raise a dream fish.
For lunch, your ORVIS® Endorsed guide may strike up a small fire to warm your hands and toes up a bit before you sink your teeth into a hearty lunch. After refueling, you’ll head back out on the water and try to land a few more fish as you take in the solitude of winter before your day ends around 4PM.
Rates valid for winter trips only:
Walk/Wade Half Day
l angler $250 per trip
2 anglers $275 per trip
3 anglers $325 per trip
Your trip cost includes your guide, who provides professional and personalized instruction, transportation, shuttle service, lunch (full-day trips only), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and flies. Rental gear, licenses, taxes and gratuities are additional (rental gear is included for overnight Ranch guests).
ORVIS® product Equipment Rentals
Full Day $40 per person
Full Day Premium Rod and Reel $50 per person
Half Day $25 per person
Rentals include rod, reel, waders and boots. Rentals are included in the trip price for Lone Mountain Ranch overnight guests. For day guests, gear is available in the shop to rent.
Winter Break Adventure Camp - December 21-January 4
8:30am-4:30pm, Ages 6-12
Come spend the winter break playing games, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and having fun at LMR. Every day will have some fun time outside on the snow cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and some inside time playing games, creating stories and learning about winter ecology. Price includes lunch and ski gear. $70/day for Ophir students; $95 for non-Ophir students. (Not available Dec 25 or Jan 1). Email Outdoor Youth Adventures at email@example.com
Deposit and Cancellation Policy:
A 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation. This deposit is fully refundable with at least 14 days-notice prior to your reserved date. 50% of the deposit is refundable if changes or cancellations are made with at least 3 days-notice. The deposit will be retained for changes or cancellations made less than 3 days from your scheduled trip date.
Dining Lodge and Saloon
Our cuisine is an epicurean exercise taking advantage of locally produced offerings where possible and prepared to satisfy the kind of appetite that develops after outdoor adventures. Dinner may include such Northern Rocky Mountain entrees as Rocky Mountain Farms Elk Medallions with a Brandy Peppercorn Pan Jus, Roasted Garlic Manhattan, Montana Russet Potato Gnocchi or Naturally-Raised Montana Ribeye Steak with a Roasted Shallot Demi-glace. For those nights where you are just looking for something simpler, we always have a good ole Montana-raised burger that exceed even the most grandiose expectations.
Dinner is served in the Dining Lodge, but make time to stop by the Saloon for a cocktail before heading into dinner. It is common to hear the sounds of live music bellowing from the Saloon and locals talking about their favorite ski trail. Our Skier’s Lunch is a favorite of locals to both fuel up for or wind down from their ski. Some choose the lighter route with our homemade soups and salads, but for the skier looking for a heartier lunch, we always have meals like pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy or Montana-raised burgers and hand-cut fries.
11:30am-1:30pm $10 Soup, Salad & Dessert Bar & Daily Specials (menu prices vary)
5:30pm-9:00pm Call for Reservations
4:00pm-10:00pm Small Plates Menu available 7 nights/ week
Our Outdoor Shop is fully stocked with both a complete inventory of rental skis, poles and boots, snowshoes, ski clothing, wax and ski accessories as well as local Montana artisan jewelry, clothing and accessories and Lone Mountain Ranch logoed apparel and accessories. With brands such as Fischer Skis, Patagonia, Sport Hill, Orvis and many others, the Shop offers everything you need to enjoy your time exploring the outdoors. Don’t worry if you haven’t waxed your skis. A yurt is available for ski waxing with free tips included.
The Outdoor Shop is open from 8AM – 7PM most days.
*Add a 3% local tax and optional gratuity to rates listed above
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