Cross-Country Skiing Adventure at the great B Bar Ranch
Posted on February 18 2022
This was our view as we chased the sunset to get back to the Davis Cabin at B Bar Ranch before dark. After skiing with our packs on 1.6 miles to get to our backcountry cabin, this venture out (minus the backpack) was as all about the views.
A few months ago my friend Hannah suggested that we go on a cross-country skiing weekend for her birthday and she knew just the spot. B Bar Ranch, located in the Tom Miner Basin, nestled in the Gallatin Range southwest of Livingston, has been around since 1906. It has developed and changed over the last 100 years to become what it is today - a pure bread beef operation and a place for guests to come meet, relax and adventure.
We rented the Davis Cabin, a backcountry cabin about 1.6 miles away from the main lodge. The lodge carried in water and dishes and a propane stove was provided. All we had to do was pack in our clothes, sleeping bags, and food.
B Bar ranch has about 12 miles of groomed trails and another 4 miles as marked backcountry trail. Although we didn't take advantage, with notice they will provide ski lessons at the ranch and guided ski tours. We got to the ranch just after noon and loaded our packs to begin skiing to our cabin.
The trail was on the easier side, which makes it perfect for beginners. Just after turning a corner and watching the main lodge disappear behind us we noticed a moose off in the distance. She darted over a fence until she noticed a skier on another trail adjacent to us. We waited until she made her way back over our ski trail and disappeared in the woods - we definitely didn't want a bad run in with a moose that day, so we enjoyed her from afar.
After coming up a slight hill we took our small loop to get to our cabin, which sat just off the main ski trails. The cabin rested just above the landscape and provided amazing views all the way around. We started a fire to get the cabin warmed up and made lunch over the stove. Recommendation for bringing in your food - dehydrate it! Hannah's sister Hallie dehydrated all of the food we packed in and then re-hydrated it at the cabin. Lunch was a delicious tomato soup with grilled cheese. Followed up by a cous-cous and curry dinner!
After fueling ourselves we headed back out to ski again! We ventured out to try and sneak a peak at the other backcountry cabin before sunset. As a cross-country skiing beginner, I appreciated the groomed trails and found it much easier to keep up with my more advanced friends.
There are so many places across our great state to go cross-country skiing! We are lucky to live in a state that has places like the B Bar Ranch, that have a mission to help sustain the land around us for future generations to explore.
What are your favorite places to go skiing?! Where should we explore next?