October 17, 2013. Darby, Montana – Winter is the hidden season at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana. From dogsledding and downhill skiing to the thrilling sport of skijoring, a winter stay at Triple Creek Ranch reveals the magic of a Rocky Mountain winter.
Going to the Dogs
The extraordinary winter activities at Triple Creek Ranch start with the Ranch’s resident professional musher, Jessie Royer. Royer has competed and finished in 11 Iditarod Races in Alaska and this March, she will compete in her 12th when she enters the 2014 Alaskan Iditarod Race. Guests of Triple Creek have the rare opportunity of learning how to drive a dog sled and handle sled dogs under Jessie’s private tutelage. They’ll learn how to harness and hitch a team of dogs to a sled, how to start and stop, and how to maneuver a sled as she does herself in the Iditarod. To celebrate Jessie’s upcoming Iditarod race, Triple Creek ranch is offering free dog sledding to its guests from January 4 to 19, 2014.
Across the Great Divide on Cross Country Skis
Thirty minutes from Triple Creek ranch, guests can go cross country skiing on the Continental Divide at Chief Joseph Pass, which has groomed trails, a welcome warming hut and endless Rocky Mountain vistas. Getting there via chauffeured transportation, with fresh baked cookies and a warm beverage, makes it even more fun. Triple Creek ranch has all of the cross country equipment that a guest might need, as well as groomed trails on ranch property.
Skijoring with a Horse
Triple Creek is one of the few places in the United States to try skijoring, a venerable Norwegian sport where a cross country skier is pulled by a mounted horse. Gliding through snowy meadows and along forest trails, skijoring is a sport that marries cross country with the exhilaration of water skiing. For those who prefer a horse without the skis, winter horseback riding is also on offer.
A Secret Montana Mountain
Locals have loved the classic “cowboy” skiing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain
since it opened in 1938, but for those outside of Montana, it’s a virtually undiscovered mountain. Known for big powder dumps, hidden stashes, and a base area that’s mom-and-pop friendly, Lost Trail is located just half an hour from Triple Creek Ranch. With 1,800 feet of vertical, 1,800 acres of skiable terrain, 50 runs and an average of 300 inches of snow a year, it’s been nicknamed “Montana’s Greatest Snow Place.”
At the end of winter’s day in the outdoors, Triple Creek offers five-star comforts and personal service. From the welcoming main lodge, the world-class restaurant and paramount wine cellar, to the 23 deluxe private guest cabins nestled in the trees throughout the property, it’s the attention to the smallest details that make this Relais & Châteaux property so memorable.
Rates at Triple Creek Ranch start at $950 per night, per couple and include accommodations in a luxurious private cabin, all meals, house wines and spirits, and most activities. Visit Triple Creek Ranch for more information.
About Triple Creek Ranch
Triple Creek Ranch lies in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. A member of Relais & Châteaux, Triple Creek is for adult guests and has 23 luxurious western-style log cabins with wood burning fireplaces. Famed for its inventive cuisine, award winning wine cellar, and stellar service, Triple Creek is an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge and resort. Activities range from fly fishing on the Bitterroot River to horseback riding, guided nature and birding outings, dog sledding, cross country skiing, cattle penning and roundups. Triple Creek Ranch is the world’s highest ranked hotel over the past 5 years, according to Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” ratings and was rated the #1 inn/small lodge in the Continental US and #13 Hotel in the World in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best reader’s poll. Travel + Leisure Magazine also singled out Triple Creek for a 2013 World’s Best Service, Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking it among the Top 10 Hotels Overall; Resorts, Inns, and Lodges (#4) and Top Hotels: Continental U.S. and Canada, Resorts and Inns (#1). Singled out by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the best hotels in the West in 2013, Triple Creek has won nine Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, including its second “Best of” Award in 2013.
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