Downhill Skiing, Alpine Outpost & Ski Concierge

Escape the city and busy ski hills this winter for an all-inclusive skiing adventure in snow-kissed Montana. Winter guests enjoy reduced all-inclusive rates, airport transfers from three local airports, all meals and premium beverages, 25 on-Ranch activities, plus excursions to our local ski mountain, Discovery Ski Area. Led by our Ski Concierge, guests who wish to combine Forbes Travel Guide five-star service with an exceptional ski experiences, will find it at a ski hill National Geographic called a “best-kept secret.”

The Anaconda-Pintler mountain range provides an epic backdrop for skiing at 8,158 feet.

Guests are invited to soak up the beauty of our pristine natural setting through new and inspiring winter sports while experiencing warm hospitality and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star service. Alpine skiing is a big part of our local culture. We want our guests to experience the comprehensive list of winter sports that is available in Montana. But we also want to give guest skiers at every skill level more exclusive access to Montana’s majestic alpine wilderness.

Eagle’s Perch is a two-story luxury log home in a pristine winter setting along Rock Creek. 

Discovery Ski Area, A Secluded Gem

Powder hounds may remember Discovery Ski Area from Warren Miller’s 2014 film, “No Turning Back.” He used our local hill to encapsulate the Mom & Pop ski hills that define skiing and riding, and yet are getting harder and harder to find across the world. Our hometown, Philipsburg was also named one of of the “Best Secret Ski Towns of North America.” Thanks to its secluded location, Discovery Ski Area still remains a hidden gem in the skiing world, and with 67 runs, three faces and virtually no lift lines, it can offer beginners and experts alike the ability to hone their skills without the crowds.

A snowboarder enjoys a sunny day on the slopes at Discovery Ski AreaDiscovery boasts an annual snowfall of approx. 215 inches. There are eight lifts, runs for all skill levels and a terrain park.

As if the ultra-luxurious experience at The Ranch wasn’t enough, this all-inclusive ski package truly makes this property unlike any other. First of all, Discovery is a GREAT mountain with incredible terrain and old-school charm. It’s uncrowded and off the beaten path but with terrain that competes with any major ski resort. When you’re there, you feel like you’ve discovered a secret. And the fact that the Ranch now will bring you there and take care of all the details for you is absolutely amazing. It makes me want to book a ticket back to Montana ASAP.

~ Sari Tuschman, VP AETHER Apparel and Freelance Writer
Three skiers hit the slopes on a Bluebird Day at Discovery Ski Area in Philipsburg, Montana

Exclusive Ski Concierge

Before guests even arrive at The Ranch, they work with our Ranch Ambassadors to create a personalized itinerary filled with daily winter adventures. Once they arrive, they are sized for skis, given passes by our Ski Concierge and transported to Discovery Ski Area, a beautiful 35-minute mountain drive away. Beginning skiers can arrange lessons at Discovery in advance, and intermediate to advanced skiers will benefit from the local tips our Concierge provides about the best runs, the snow pack and conditions.

A group gets ready to ride a run at Discovery Ski Area in Philipsburg, Montana

Ski Concierges are Ranch guides who are also avid skiers and snowboarders at our local mountain. Ranch employees ski Discovery on their days off and several have served on its ski patrol. (All full-time employees receive a complimentary pass after a year on our team.) They welcome the opportunity to share trail and terrain information and advice, so they can provide an ideal mix of local culture and luxury service.

Alpine Outpost Lunch

As part of our all-inclusive dining program, guests split their time on the mountain with a special Alpine Outpost Lunch at the ski hill in place of lunch on The Ranch.

A bonfire and hot drink await after a morning of skiing. Guests can relax between runs while enjoying a hot lunch from our grill at our dining area which is set up exclusively for Ranch guests.

After the drive back to The Ranch, guests can opt for a wine tasting après-ski by the Great Room fireplace or enjoy our Granite Lodge hot tub. Many of our cabin accommodations boast their own cedar soaking tubs or hot tubs as well.

Sweet Grass has a cedar soaking tub overlooking Rock Creek.

Giving Back

The Ranch gives back to the community by supporting the Discovery Ski Patrol, a paid first-responder team that ensures the highest safety standards on the mountain. We also have the pleasure of sponsoring the Discovery Ski Education Foundation, an organization focused on providing a safe, fun and healthy environment for young people from the region to enjoy the physical and social benefits of skiing by offering multiple alpine ski programs, including all-mountain exploration and competitive racing.

The partnership between Discovery and The Ranch at Rock Creek has created a unique ski experience in the US. The combination of our authentic local vibe, our outstanding skiing terrain and the world class customer service and hospitality of The Ranch at Rock Creek results in something truly special and hard to find elsewhere. It’s the ideal experience for seasoned winter travelers looking for challenging skiing without the crowds and attitude, or families looking to learn or improve their skiing without the stress and hassle of a big resort — all with the amenities and service you would expect from a 5-star resort.

~ Ciche Pitcher, Discovery Ski Area President
A young Discovery Ski Team member competes during a divisional championship at Discovery Ski Area in Philipsburg, Montana
Discovery hosts young ski racers from around the region. The Ranch is a proud sponsor of the Discovery Ski Education Foundation.

This winter, savor a relaxed setting where daily adventures seamlessly combine with exceptional dining experiences on thousands of acres of unspoiled snowy terrain.