Lone Mountain Ranch, located in Big Sky, Montana, is a mecca for Nordic skiers, downhill skiers, and families looking for winter fun. The quaint 160 acre private ranch has no shortage of activities for hardcore athletes to vacationers in need of relaxation. With one of the biggest storm cycles laying down a solid snow base already this season and more on the way, this is definitely the winter to visit. We run down our top seven reasons to visit Lone Mountain Ranch now!
1. Over 50 miles (85 kilometers) of groomed Nordic ski runs.
LMR was voted the number 1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine. The resort boasts scenic views of Lone Peak, quiet uncrowded trails, plus reliable guides and instructors with classic or skate ski trails for everyone from beginners to professional.
2. Sleigh ride dinners over the mountain and through the woods.
Just like the song, the LMR sleigh ride dinners are everything you'd imagine them to be. Guests are transported by horse-drawn sleighs to a cabin in the woods where they're entertained by cowboy musicians while enjoying a prime rib dinner. This is a real Montana experience.
3. Touring Yellowstone National Park in the winter.
Winter might be the best time to see Yellowstone National Park; guests are able to tour the park on one of the many Nordic trails or with the Yellowstone snowcoach tours. Expect to see steaming thermals and herds of wintery bison. What you won't see are the summer crowds.
4. Downhill skiing and snowboarding at nearby Big Sky Resort.
The "Biggest Skiing In America" is just up the road from LMR. Skiers and snowboarders of every ability level will find suitable terrain among the 5,750 acres across Big Sky Resort. Beginners should explore the groomers on Andesite mountain or Moonlight Basin, while more advanced riders can look to Challenger lift and Lone Peak tram for an adventure.
5. Now this is après skiing.
The saloon at LMR features fine wines, craft cocktails, local brews plus live music several evenings a week in a cozy lodgepole pine western saloon. The saloon is open to guests and visitors alike so expect to meet Big Sky locals saddled up to the bar as well. You know it's a good spot if the locals are there.
6. A hearty farm-to-table meal.
LMR sources local ingredients from nearby producers including Montana Trout Culture, Willow Spring Ranch, and Amaltheia Organic Dairy to create memorable offerings including braised Bison short ribs, local trout, and grilled flat iron beef. Definitely save room for desert.
7. Cozy cabins with wood-burning stoves.
LMR features historic lodgepole pine construction cabins, some dating back to 1915, all equipped with wood stoves or fireplaces and outfitted in traditional western interiors. A perfect place to rest up for your next adventure.
·Lone Mountain Ranch [Official Site]
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