Western Montana’s Glacier Country is a pretty big place. So it probably comes as no surprise that here, among our 27,000 square miles of terrain, are a diverse array of activities, adventures, experiences and accommodations. Maybe it’s our light, deep powder or our miles of groomed snowmobiling trails. Perhaps it’s our charming small towns and easy access to snow-covered experiences. Or maybe it’s the fact that here, in Western Montana, luxury is served up alongside primitive offerings, with both providing a distinct experience.
For an upscale on-mountain stay, make plans to unwind at Kandahar Lodge. Located on Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort, this European-style lodge is slopeside and provides easy access to more than 3,000 acres of terrain. In addition, Kandahar Lodge offers ski-in lodging with beautiful rooms, a peaceful outdoor hot tub and Café Kandhar – an on-site fine dining restaurant. It’s also located within easy proximity to Glacier National Park.
If you’re looking for a backcountry experience – complete with incredible views – book a trip with Yurtski. The crew at Yurtski (located east of Seeley Lake in the Swan Mountains) offers a stellar backcountry experience. With two yurts available, you have the option of an inclusive package (one that includes a private yurt stay, gear shuttle and gourmet meals) or a self-sufficient yurt stay where you’re free to explore the surrounding terrain on your own. Combine those with views of the Mission and Swan mountains, as well as the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas, and this experience is unlike any other one in the West.
Luxury in Western Montana can be found at one of our three luxury guest ranches – The Resort at Paws Up, The Ranch at Rock Creek and Triple Creek Ranch. While they are all true luxury experiences, each property offers its own take on Montana luxury.
Located 30 minutes northeast of Missoula in Montana’s iconic Blackfoot Valley is The Resort at Paws Up. During the winter months, Paws Up offers luxury lodging in vacation homes, as well as winter activities that include guided snowmobiling and cozy sleigh rides. Located about 1.5 hours south of Missoula in a beautiful mountain setting is The Ranch at Rock Creek.
A Relais & Châteaux property, Rock Creek offers a variety of lodging options with lodge rooms, private homes and canvas cabins available. Round out your stay with downhill skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and a visit to the spa. Or for an adults-only trip, find a sweet escape at Triple Creek Ranch.
Another Relais & Châteaux property, Triple Creek is located approximately two hours south of Missoula in the Bitterroot Mountains. Enjoy a relaxing stay at the ranch, complete with photo safaris, horseback riding, skijoring and delectable dining.
One of Whitefish’s newest properties – Whitefish Bike Retreat offers affordable winter lodging in their main bunk lodge, with both private and communal rooms. An added bonus: Whitefish Bike Retreat has Fat Bike rentals available, making it easy to explore the area’s surrounding frozen terrain, including The Whitefish Trail and nearby gravel roads.
If you’re looking for a rustic experience, head to Glacier National Park for winter camping. While winter is one of the quietest seasons in the park, it’s also one of the most jaw-dropping and beautiful. Winter camping is available at St. Mary and Apgar, while cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two of the most popular winter activities.
Head on out to Glacier Country and experience what truly a winter wonderland it is.