4. Philipsburg, Montana
Why go: Fly into Missoula, then head straight out into the wilderness of southwestern Montana for a winter vacation that’s (mostly) off the grid. This historic mining town is interesting in its own right (make sure to visit the Sweet Palace candy shop and Philipsburg Brewing Company), but it’s its proximity to Discovery Ski Area, which offers the perfect mix of beginner slopes, steeper groomed runs, and mogul skiing across 2,000-plus acres that makes it a standout. If you’re not up for skiing 24/7, this part of the Rocky Mountain range is also ideal for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and more.
Where to stay: The Ranch at Rock Creek, a 90-minute drive from the Missoula airport, is an all-inclusive guest ranch with private log homes or classic canvas cabins. Every guest’s itinerary is customizable, so you can choose—for free!—two daily on-ranch activities ranging from horseback riding and fat biking to clay shooting and massage treatments.
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