A few months back I mentioned our plans for a spontaneous trip to Big Sky, Montana for some much needed rest and relaxation. I started romanticizing the idea of trip out West this summer, but the pieces fell into place for a winter getaway after the well timed discovery of a charming ranch. Montana really captured our hearts so I thought I’d share some photos.

We purposefully kept the itinerary sparse on this trip. Our only real commitment was a day of backcountry skiing through Yellowstone National Park (shown above). We’re both normally downhill skiers, but experiencing the beauty and solitude of Yellowstone at a slower pace was almost meditative.

We stayed at Lone Mountain Ranch which I would highly recommend. Our little log cabin couldn’t have been more charming and was exactly the backdrop I had in mind for our mountain getaway.

The interiors (make sure you get a renovated cabin) felt very Ralph Lauren and we were happy to spend time inside reading, stoking the pot belly stove, and enjoying hot chocolate. Basically relishing in every après ski cliche.

hat | sunglasses | sweater | boots

As you can tell, I really embraced the theme, and am obsessed with this Harvey Faircloth sweater. It’s definitely earned a spot on all future ski trip packing lists. As you can also tell, I don’t know what to do with my hands in photos, but we’re giving less of a you know what in 2018, right?

Many competitive games of backgammon were played.

If you remember from my packing post, I was waffling over outwear. I did end up investing in a Canada Goose, and although I was hesitant before ordering, I have to say, I think they’re 100% worth the investment. No regrets.

I opted for the Shelburne in Navy which felt less “arctic explorer” and kept me toasty on long walks throughout the property. I brought this jacket in black which is both amazingly packable and deceivingly warm.

Also scoring high points: this sweater which I’ve been wearing more often than I should cop to.

We didn’t rent a car, so we were relieved to find the Ranch’s on site restaurant, the Horn & Cantle, to be reliably delicious for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

And naturally, I was still enjoying my Ralph Lauren fantasy with all of the buffalo plaid and faux bois furniture.

We didn’t make it this trip, but these gentle giants will escort you on a sleigh ride dinner if you’re so inclined.

Photographic evidence of the spring returning to my step after a few days of mountain air.  As much as I appreciate Raleigh’s temperate weather, I really do miss seeing more substantial amounts of snow in the winter, so it was wonderful to walk the Ranch’s cross country trials and take in the scenery.

Even though we hardly did a thing it was such a memorable trip and a place I’d love to return to. Maybe next time in the summer for hiking and fly fishing!

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