Great winter trips in the West

Find snow, solitude, and shopping on a fun winter getaway

12 cozy winter lodges

Ski, skate, sled, or just relax by the fire at the West's ultimate winter retreats

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, MT
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by MacKenzie Geidt

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, MT

The Wild West goes glam at the new Ranch at Rock Creek, about 1 1/4 hours southeast of Missoula. Feeling sporty? We won’t rattle off the full list of winter activities but will note that they include Percheron-led sleigh rides. Lazy? There’s no shame in whiling away the hours with a book and a hot toddy by the crackling fire in the Granite Lodge after a massage at the spa. It’s anything but cheap, but given the winter fantasies you can fulfill here—any sport you could dream up, celestial cuisine and endlessly flowing wine, all on one of the prettiest riverfront spreads in the state—it gets trip-of-a-lifetime status. Local activities include cross-country skiing, downhill at nearby Discovery Ski Area, ice-skating, and sleigh rides. From $1,000/person all-inclusive; theranchatrockcreek.com

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