Planning a ski trip to Big Sky Montana and wondering what are the Best Winter Activities In Big Sky Montana? Have you ever thought of visiting a dude ranch in the winter?

When planning our recent spring break trip, we picked Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana because of the great winter amenities.


Winter activities in big sky

Located only 10 minutes from Big Sky Resort, the downhill skiers in our family had access to the mountain while I had access to all the winter activities with the Discovery Package.

Best Winter Activities In Big Sky Montana & Where To Do it

Ski in / out accommodations at Lone Mountain means you can walk outside your cabin for an invigorating snowshoe or Cross Country trail.  All of the equipment needed is included in the Winter Discovery Package at the ranch.

Winter Activities In Big Sky Montana

 We stayed in the Hilltop Cabin again this year that easily accommodated our family of five. 

 Winter Discovery Package at Lone Mountain Ranch includes:

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Sleigh Ride & Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • Authentic Nordic ski in/ski out cabin lodging
  • Nordic ski gear and snowshoe equipment and full access to the #1 x-country trail system in North America
  • Morning Yoga in B-K Guest Lounge
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Downhill ski & snowboard concierge and transportation to Big Sky Resort
  • Live Western music in the Saloon
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

As we discovered from our previous visit in July 2017, the food alone is worth staying at Lone Mountain Ranch.  The Horn & Cantle Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Big Sky and its open to the public.  You can’t get a reservation unless you book ahead during their busy seasons. 

We did not need to rent a car since LM pick you up from the airport and take you to and from Big Sky Resort as well as any local destinations.

Sleigh Ride Dinner Lone Mountain Ranch


Winter activities in big sky


The sleigh ride dinner is one of the not to miss Winter Activities In Big Sky Montana.  While a perk of your stay at Lone Mountain Ranch,  anyone visiting Big Sky can take make a reservation for this amazing experience.

Taking a sleigh ride in the snow was truly a magical and authentic western experience.  We rode up to a wooden cabin with a large wood stove.

Best Accommodations in Big Sky Montana in the Winter (Lone Mountain Ranch)

It felt like you taking a step back into the Wild West but being fed a gourmet meal and entertained by a cowboy.



winter activities in Big Sky Montana


Cross Country Skiing In Big Sky, Montana




“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 offer something for beginners, experts, leisurely explorers, and hardcore athletes.”

Visiting Yellowstone in Winter

If you are feeling adventurous there are other activities you can purchase during your stay.  My daughter and I scheduled a full day Yellowstone backcountry nordic/ snowshoeing outing.  We were assigned Erin, our guide, to explore some of the backcountry trails of Yellowstone. 

Best Accommodations in Big Sky Montana in the Winter (Lone Mountain Ranch)

This was my daughter’s first time on XC skis but Erin was very patient with us. You will not be visiting the popular areas of Yellowstone, but since we already did the Yellowstone guided tour in the summer it was just a beautiful outing for us.



Even when my daughter got frustrated with the icy conditions, Erin was accommodating and we turned around and found another trail that we decided to snowshoe instead.  

Winter Fly Fishing Big Sky Montana

fly fishing in Big Sky Winter

If fly fishing is your forte’ you can still Flyfish Big Sly in the winter.  My husband scheduled a half day wade trip with Gallatin River Guides and was super successful.  The weather app may say it is 30 degrees but the sunshine and lack of humidity make it feel like 50.  Not to mention you have all the right gear. 

Best Accommodations in Big Sky Montana in the Winter (Lone Mountain Ranch)

If you have not booked a winter trip to Big Sky because not everyone in your party likes to downhill ski, you will not be disappointed if you book at Lone Mountain Ranch.  There are so many things to do in Big Sky in the winter.

Whether you are active and want to spend the day out on some of the groomed trails or just want to cozy up to a warm fire in your wood cabin, there is something for everyone. 

Be sure to pin this on your Travel Board when planning your next winter trip to Big Sky Montana!