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Winter Travel: Luxury in Wild Montana

Winter travel to the secluded Montana wilderness and ranchland may sound more rugged than a trip to Aspen or Chamonix; however, the success of Disney’s Frozen, makes us wonder if more travelers want an unconventional winter holiday—bundled up and riding in a horse-drawn sleigh to a private winter hideaway. If you want to return to the feeling that powdery snow is much more than lift lines and crowded bars, then it’s time to raise your travel expectations and watch our winter travel video.

Wilderness & Luxury

Ranch guests are escorted from nearby airports in Anaconda, Missoula, Butte and Helena to our guest ranch in the Rocky Mountains. As a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star luxury resort, we handle everything, from airport transfers to gourmet meals to gear and guides. The snowy Montana weather is in powerful contrast to our fire-warmed, fully inclusive hospitality.

An antler tree lights up The Granite Lodge at The Ranch at Rock Creek

Our elegantly furnished and stocked private log homes make an excellent home base or private ski chalet for a group of friends and family. Consider starting a tradition to convene for a week in Moose House, Sarah Jane’s Cottage or The Historic Barn every winter. If you are looking for a holiday winter travel destination, The Ranch plans authentic and imaginative Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year celebrations, as well as winter weddings.

Private Ski Chalet

In addition to our 20 wintertime inclusive activities, we provide a Ski Concierge to our local ski mountain, Discovery Basin—just 25 minutes away. Last year, National Geographic named Discovery Ski Area of Philipsburg, Montana one of America’s Best Secret Ski Towns.


Our Ski Concierge provides transportation, ski gear and a complimentary ski pass to the mountain with the shortest lift lines in Montana.

As one of our repeat winter travelers said, “I can do more skiing in a day at Discovery than I can do in a week at most ski hills.”

Follow your session with an après-ski to the historic mining town of Philipsburg, featuring stops at the Sweet Palace Victorian candy store and the Philipsburg Brewing Company taproom.

Quintessential Winter Travel

Back at The Ranch, take the opportunity to learn a new sport. Traverse snowy meadows in snowshoes. Learn to ice skate on the Granite Lodge pond and nip into the warming shed for hot cocoa. Go cross-country skiing, horseback riding or snowmobiling on our extensive trails, or shoot sporting clays, play paintball, or drop the puck in a family hockey game. Take on one of our shuttled sledding hills and be sure to bring your camera. View a sample winter travel itinerary.

All Granite Spa treatments come with access to our Cedar Sauna

Warm your toes with a Granite Spa body treatment, a cedar sauna and a Snowga class. Then, wrap your fingers around a cup of spiced mulled wine or hot cocoa at our bonfire happy hour.

Winter travel to The Ranch delivers an extremely rich experience for families, couples and corporate groups, who get the chance to relax in an unmatchable landscape and enjoy the possibilities of winter in Montana.

Enjoy fireside champagne and Montana winter sunsets at The Ranch at Rock Creek luxury resort