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Winter Activities


The Experience

Escape to pristine alpine Montana for an unparalleled winter holiday or vacation. Ideal for couples, families and adventure seekers who desire stress-free, all-inclusive luxury tailored to their comforts and interests, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers and over 20 included wintertime activities, such as ice skating, UTV tours and downhill skiing excursions at nearby Discovery Ski Area, along with fireside relaxation, inspiring dining experiences and the Granite Spa. Best of all, leave your bulky gear at home. Our all-inclusive rates provide equipment, gear and guides, as well as Ranch cuisine, premium wine, beer and spirits, and daily children’s activities among other amenities.

Sample Winter Itinerary

Our Montana winter resort rivals the chalets of Aspen, Chamonix and Turin as a winter getaway. Stay in the cozy Granite Lodge or make one of our luxury homes or cabins your private ski chalet. Delight in Chef Drage’s dining experiences, like tasting menus, Dutch oven dinners and other hearty, healthy fare. Enjoy bonfire happy hours with mulled wine and hot cocoa.

There are few destinations that have all the best winter sports waiting outside your door (scroll to view). Enjoy included downhill skiing excursions to Discovery Ski Area with our ski concierge, as well as year-round activities, like shooting sports, horseback riding and bowling tournaments in the Silver Dollar Saloon.

Winter Horseback Riding

With 70 beautiful horses in our herd, we saddle up year-round. Hop in the saddle to explore the gentle slopes and creekside trails on The Ranch on one of our favorite horses – shod with special shoes that help them keep their footing in icy conditions. Return to the Granite Lodge to warm up with a hot toddy by the fire.

For those who want to get a taste of real ranch life. Get out in the snow during our Ride Along with a Rancher activity, feeding cattle, sorting pairs and learning the ropes of our Montana working ranch.

Trail rides are weather dependent, and we don’t saddle up if it’s under 10 degrees outside.

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Shooting Sports

Sip on coffee next to our wood stove as our expert shooting instructors show you the ropes of our five shooting ranges. This is a favorite winter activity with each range set in its own picturesque location with sweeping valley views.

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Frontier Skills, Sapphire Mining, Art-in-Nature and Meditation

Channel your inner pioneer, find your inner artist and seek winter serenity with some of The Ranch’s most popular year-round activities: Frontier Skills Classes, Sapphire Mining, Art in Nature classes with Artist-in-Residence John Piacquadio and meditation.

Skills are the best souvenirs. They pair well with our more robust winter sports, helping you take a little time to contemplate the beauty and complexity of winter in the wild.

Cross country skiing to Echo Lake

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Each winter, our extensive hiking trail system transforms into 20+ miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails through pine forests and meadows. Depending upon the trail you choose, cross-country skiing can be one of the best calorie-burning workouts available during the winter months.

Those who love to walk or hike can slip on a pair of lightweight snowshoes and explore the roads, extensive trail system and the grasslands of The Ranch. The Ranch offers guided classic nordic skiing on Echo Lake trail as part of our all-inclusive activities program. Novice to advanced skiers can set off on an off-Ranch excursion on groomed trails through alpine forests that stretch further into the pristine Montana wilderness.

A skier enjoys fresh powder at Discovery Ski Area, near The Ranch at Rock Creek in southwest Montana

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

With a plethora of on-Ranch activities, there’s just one reason to leave our winter wonderland during your stay–a downhill skiing or snowboarding excursion at Discovery Ski Area, located just 35 minutes away.

The Ranch provides an unparalleled alpine ski experience for every skier, novice to expert. Excursions take place between December 1 and March 31. We provide personal equipment fittings, ground transportation, a Ranch Ski Concierge to coordinate on-mountain excursions, lift tickets, and an included lunch at the Discovery Ski Area dining area and bar.

With virtually no lift lines, three faces and 67 trails, this hidden gem is reminiscent of the great ski resorts before they boomed into crowded cosmopolitan centers. When the boots come off, enjoy an après-ski at The Ranch.

Santa carries his pack through The Ranch at Rock Creek's Great Room
Group snowmobiling at The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana


Crest hills and visit untouched valleys near Rock Creek on a powerful snowmobile. You’ll be fitted with helmets, goggles and insulated gear before you take control of a state-of-the art machine. Venture further than The Ranch’s 10 square miles into National Forest on a guided snowmobile adventure. The Ranch is the exclusive outfitter offering guided, inclusive snowmobile excursions over 100+ miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Returning Ranch guests will delight in our even more expansive snowmobile offerings.

kid holding toboggan on Bikini Beach Pond at The Ranch

Ice Skating & Sledding

Just outside the Granite Lodge, our Bikini Beach converts into an ice skating and hockey pond, complete with a cocoa-stocked warming shed. Hitch a ride on the shuttle to Elk Ridge for some exhilarating sledding. Younger guests enjoy Cottontail Hill, with its slight, but exciting slope.

Fat biking is an individual pursuit or team challenge. Here, bikers race during a team building challenge

Fat Tire Biking

Float atop the snowy terrain on a fat tire bike. With the stable, 4.5 inch-wide tires, winter mountain biking is not only extra fun, but will also take you places most humans don’t venture to see in the cooler months. Enjoy an easy riverside ride along Rock Creek or strike out on six miles of groomed trails, specifically designed for fat bike riding. The Rod & Gun Club provides bikes to fit different sizes and support for guided or unguided adventures.

Ice fishing on Georgetown Lake

Ice Fishing

Embrace the life of a frontiersman as you try one of Montana’s favorite winter pastimes, ice fishing.* Available only in the depths of winter (when the ice is frozen solid), ice fishing on Georgetown Lake, a high-mountain lake set against three scenic mountain ranges, is a Philipsburg, Montana tradition. You’ll enjoy fishing for Rainbow trout, Brook trout and Kokanee salmon from a warm hut fitted with chairs, a propane heater, blankets and warm beverages.

*This is our only additional cost winter activity. It is $375.00 for up to 3 people and $50.00 per additional guest. Please inquire with your Ranch Ambassador if you would like to book an ice fishing excursion.