Dressing for dinner in a yurt means wearing the snow clothes, yet the table is spread with warm lantern light for a multi-course gourmet meal. Montana Backcountry Adventures offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a yurt at Big Sky Resort. The evening event, which includes a snowcat ride and sledding, can please the entire family.

The dining experience launches with a 20-minute snowcat ride to the yurt, tucked in the woods under Lone Peak. Riding inside the cat offers a snug ride, but sitting atop the cat on pillows yields bigger views and more thrills. Kids aren't the only riders up top as adults jockey for position, too.

Dinner proceeds with leisure enjoyment. Steaming bowls of French onion soup with fresh baked bread greet visitors upon arrival inside the cozy woodstove-heated yurt, but after the first course, most head outside as the sun sets. Some sled down a torch-lit slope, while others linger in conversation around a bonfire, hot chocolate or apple cider in hand.

The dinner, accompanied by live guitar music with some of the children dancing, serves up filet mignon with peppercorn sauce as the main attraction, but vegetarian, seafood, or kid's menu entrees are available by prior request. Heaping bowls of garlic mashed red potatoes and sautéed vegetables accompany the main course.

The yurt does not sell alcohol, but diners may bring their own bottles of beer, wine, or other drinks to trim the dining event to their own tastes. Another break after dinner allows time for more sledding laughs before the final course of the evening. The dessert caps off the night with fresh apples, oranges, pineapple, and pound cake dipped in Toblerone chocolate fondue. The snowcats return to the Big Sky Village at 10 p.m. 

Reservations, which can be made online or by phone, are required. The yurt dinner costs $79 for adults and $65 for a kid's meal during the regular winter season. Peak season rates--$89 for adults and $79 for kids--go into effect Feb. 13-Mar. 13. Dinner, transportation, taxes, and gratuities are included in the rates.

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