We use state roads that were developed for logging purposes and are no longer used. During the off-season we maintain these roads, clearing debris. These roads are linked by trails that we have cut to create the loop, or add additional challenge. When the snows descend on us, we first groom the road as widely as we can then take another pass with a track setter. Our groomer for skating is state-of-the-art and produces a corduroy surface. All trails are distinctively marked.
All our trails include resting benches and periodic warming huts, so skiers can select their spot for lunch or a break. Warming huts have woodstoves and chairs so you can relax and warm up or simply make a day of it. There are snacks coffee/hot chocolate and water available for sale as well as an on-site gift shop.
We also have a 1 & 1/3 acre pond then freezes and we provide ice-skating on the pond and a separate ice-rink for ice skating enthusiasts.
Other Montana Winter Activities:
We offer other Montana winter activities for guests who are accompanying cross country skiers but who don’t ski and for skiers who want to take a break from skiing.
Ice Skating - We have our own ice rink and we also skate on the 1 & 1/3 acre pond nearby when the conditions are right, so bring your skates! Ice-skating is included for lodge guests and is $4 per adult, $2 for youth for daily use.
Ice Fishing - We can arrange for you to ice fish on the pond for Cut Throat trout and can arrange to take you to other locations for other species. Prices vary. Just call us if you are interested in arranging an ice fishing excursion.
Snow Shoeing - There are a number of great snow shoeing trails near our ranch and Swan Mountain Guest Ranch has a few pairs of snow shoes for rent. Additionally we can guide you for a snowshoe adventure into the mountains or to visit nearby lakes. Let us know what your ideal trek would be and we’ll put it together.
Mountain Lion Photo Safari - We through a sub-contract with a local expert hounds man are able to offer guest a unique opportunity to “tree” a mountain lion so you can take pictures. Prices depend on number of people wanting to participate.
Daily Rates: $12 adult, $8 youth up to 16, under 6 free.
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