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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Lone Mountain Ranch

- PO Box 160069, Big Sky MT 59716

Nationally acclaimed Lone Mountain Ranch (406-995-4644; 800-514-4644 www.lmranch.com) was voted the #1 Cross Country Ski Resort in North America in a poll conducted by Cross Country Skier Magazine in 2002. The ranch offers 85 km of international-caliber xc skiing for all levels, with groomed trails and skating lanes. The xc ski trail system winds through open meadows, forested canyons, and ridgetops with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. There are 30 km of snowshoe trails on site. Alpine skiing/snowboarding at nearby Big Sky or Moonlight Basin ski areas.

Deluxe, cozy cabins with fireplace and full bath can be reserved for a week, with all meals, trail pass, sleigh ride dinner, on the snow trail buffet, and evening programs for $2,157–$2,657 double occupancy, based on the group and cabin size. The Ranch has a Nordic shop with rental equipment, apparel and Montana gifts.

Trail pass is $18 for adults; children ages 12 and younger ski free. Multiple-day tickets are available, as are lessons. Certified instructors offer first timer, group, or private lessons. XC ski and snowshoe equipment rentals available. Winter fly fishing adventures are available, too.

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Some recommended xc ski trails - The Silverbow Loop in the meadow offers gentle terrain and wonderful mountain views making it a great trail for first time skiers. All the willows there provide a great place to look for moose. The Mountain View Trail is great for intermediate skiers with varied terrain and a fast exciting downhill. It's a Ranch favorite because of its spectacular views of Lone Mountain. The 16 km Siberia trail is a ranch classic. After a challenging climb, ski gradual rolling terrain well suited for classic skiing. Spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges from the top with lots of "lunch spots" along the way. Intermediate and advanced skiers will love the long fast downhill on the way back to the Ranch! Photo - Tony Demin.


Located just 18 miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, there are endless opportunities to ski tour and view wildlife in the park during the winter. LMR received the 2002 ORVIS Endorsed Lodge of the Year Award and it is a historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally homesteaded in 1915. The return rate for some weeks in the winter is nearly 100%.

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Snowcoach tours into Yellowstone National Park interior (Old Faithful Geyser) or the northwest corner are available. Wildlife, scenic wonders, and photographs of a lifetime!

Lone Mountain Ranch also offers Girlfriends Getaway packages this winter in both January and March. It includes 4 days of winter fun with the perfect amount of relaxation to escape life's hustle and bustle. Cross country ski on groomed trails, take a trip into Yellowstone National Park, relax for an afternoon at the spa, and savor fabulously prepared meals and a sleigh ride dinner. There's also an evening wine tasting and yoga in the morning in a 5 night and 4 day all inclusive trip. $1,899 double occupancy in a one bedroom cabin or $1,749 quad occupancy; single occupancy rate is $2,199.

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