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Winter experiences at the green o

Getting snowed in is only half the fun.

In the winter, the green o gets blanketed in white. The snow is so high, you’ll never run out of things to do. Race through the forest on the back of a dogsled. Explore the landscape on cross-country skis. Go snow tubing, with help from a snowmobile chauffeur. Or go all out and try skijoring, where you’ll glide along on skis while being pulled by a horse. Some of our most exhilarating activities are the wintry ones.

  • Wintertime Trail Adventures

    Get your hearts racing.

    Looking for a way to combat your winter blues? Soon you’ll be shrieking with glee at 100 miles an hour. With three types of snowmobile tours, the green o becomes a special paradise for thrill-seekers. Fat Tire Electric Bike tours are equally exhilarating, with quiet engines that let you enjoy the sights as well as the sounds of the pristine, white Montana landscape. If you’ve ever wondered what the Iditarod is like, try getting pulled behind a team of huskies. They may seem adorable at first, but dogsledding is a powerful reminder that there is strength in numbers. To slow down, the green offers snowshoeing, a romantic way to take a long walk on a quiet winter morning, just you and your mate, alone with the trees. There’s no telling what wildlife you’ll see.
  • Wintertime Equestrian Experiences

    Saddle up on a snowy day.

    There’s nothing more magical than riding on the back of a horse as a gentle breeze blows snow from the branches above, each flake sparkling against a bright blue sky. At the green o, you’ll find more than 100 miles of trails to explore, and when winter comes, every stretch will delight your sense of wonder. In addition to trail rides outside, you’re welcome to ride indoors. Arena lessons take place in Paws Up Ranch’s Saddle Club, Montana’s largest private equestrian center. Team penning and a new sport invented right here, Cow Croquet, will test your skills and turn you into a cowboy or cowgirl for life. The horses at the green o are lovingly cared for on the ranch by our team of equine experts, and we carefully select the one that’s right for you. No matter what your horseback-riding background, you’ll become fast friends with your trusty steed.
  • Skiing Adventures

    Fall deeply in love.

    Couples sometimes think they need to choose between a thrilling ski trip and a romantic winter getaway. But the controversy is settled once they visit the green o’s Paws Up Ranch. Only 45 minutes away lies Montana’s premier downhill skiing and snowboarding resort, Snowbowl, featuring 2,600 vertical feet of terrain, plenty of fresh powder and a multitude of uncrowded runs for everyone from intermediate to advanced skiers. Of course, just outside your door are countless unparalleled (yet oh-so-parallel) trails for cross-country skiing. Your green o ski guide will lead the way as you glide under a canopy of conifers freshly dusted in white. If you’d rather head out on your own, cross-country skiing equipment is also available for unguided use. And to really get your heart pounding, guides at the green o will take you skijoring. It’s a Norwegian sport derived from the word for “ski driving.” But you might call it horse skiing. Either way, it’s a challenging workout—and an exhilarating way to see the breathtaking, mountain-crested scenery, laughing all the way.
  • Wintertime Shooting Sports

    Have a beautiful day in your sights.

    When it’s snowy outside at the green o, you can have all kinds of fun shooting at clay pigeons careening across the sky. Or hone your sharpshooting skills at the Old West .22 Rifle Range. (Because after all, that sheriff has work to do all year round.) But you can also summon your inner Olympian on a Montana Backcountry Triathlon course. No other activity combines the precision of target shooting with the workout of cross-country skiing, along with the added challenge of archery. The competition can really heat up, even when the temperatures dip.
  • Wintertime Adventures in Flight

    See the landscape blanketed in white.

    “Yes!” The silky smooth long johns you bought back in LA can finally make their way out of your suitcase. You’ve been waiting a lifetime for a bucket-list adventure high up in the clouds, and there’s no reason to let winter stop you from enjoying the sights. The air in Montana is so clean and clear you can see for a hundred miles, from the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the Garnet Mountains and beyond. You’ll see herds of bison wandering across white pastures. You’ll see more Christmas trees than you ever thought possible. It’s a spectacular sight, whether you’re riding in the basket of a hot air balloon or gazing down from a private helicopter tour. Ask your balloon pilot to sail so close over the tops of those big pines that you can do a “grab and go,” plucking powdery snow right off the trees. On a helicopter tour, you can ask to see Glacier National Park. Either way, an aerial tour makes for an excellent excuse to snuggle up close to the one you love.
  • Wintertime Fun

    Make time for snowball fights.

    Kidding around is perhaps what grownups do best when they stay at the green o. An inviting ice skating rink spreads out across the lawn, and perfectly sharpened skates are at the ready in just your sizes. When you feel the urge to go sledding or tubing, there’s no need to worry about a long uphill climb. Our snowmobile chauffeur will give you a lift. But no romantic winter getaway at the green o would be complete without Pete and Repete. They’re the two majestic Percheron draft horses that pull you along on an enchanting horse-drawn sleigh ride through frosted forests and over powdery hills. And, as you sip your extra-chocolatey hot chocolate, their driver will regale you with riveting stories of local lore. Relaxation, recreation and rejuvenation. They’re all intertwined during wintertime in Montana.

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