Frequently asked questions

Are the yurts heated?

Yes! All of our yurts include wood-burning stoves. The Big Belt Hut has a fully-stocked woodshed and the Alpine and Lupine yurts have covered wood piles for snow protection. We provide axes and mauls for splitting.

What about cooking at the yurts?

We provide fully-stocked kitchens at each of the yurts with plates, bowls, mugs, cups, and flatware for the full hut capacity. We have cast-iron pans, stainless steel pots, and sharp knives (yes, really!).

Where can I rent backcountry skiing and snowboarding equipment?

Visit Last Best Ski & Paddle for Black Crow AT skis or Weston Splitboards with Spark bindings (beacons, shovels, probes available, too).

Taking a class at YurtSki? MT Ski Tech in Missoula is offering a deal: $229 for skis, boots, beacon, shovel, and probe when you tell them you're taking a class with us.

Do you have Gift Certificates?
Yes! Gift Certificates

Location Comparison

We've put together the following table for a quick comparison of the amenities and activities available at each of our locations to help you plan your next trip.


Alpine Yurt Lupine Yurt Big Belt Hut
Location Southern Swan Range Southern Swan Range Big Belt Mountains
Size 24' Yurt 20' Yurt 40' longhouse yurt
# Beds 2 full size bunk beds + 2 cots 2 full size bunk beds 3 full size bunk beds +
2 twin bunk beds
Sleeps 2-10 2-8 up to 15
Miles in via snowmobile 10 miles 9 miles 7 miles snowmobile + 3 mile ski
Miles in (ski only) 8 miles 7 miles 10 miles
Summer Access No No Yes!
1 mile with 4x4 or 3 mile hike (2wd)
Wood Burning Sauna No No Coming Summer 2020!

Terrain, Weather, & Snow

Alpine YurtLupine YurtBig Belt Hut
Location Southern Swan Range Southern Swan Range Big Belt Mountains
Lower Angle Skiing ★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★
Glade Skiing ★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★
Big Mountain Terrain ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★★★
Snowfall ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★
Views/ Ridgeline Touring ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
Mountain Biking Hiking/Trail Running ★★★★★
Cancellation Policy

Montana Backcountry Yurts requires a 50% nonrefundable deposit at the time of booking. You can choose to use the "Pay Now " in your invoice to pay the remaining 50% any time before your trip. We will charge any outstanding balance to your credit card 30 days prior to your trip. If booking less than 30 days in advance, we require you to pay in full.

You can cancel your trip up to 30 days prior to your start date online at, by email:, or by phone: (406) 848-4824. Your deposit will not be refunded, but we will not charge you the remaining balance.

Trips cancelled less than 1 month prior to the start date are still required to be paid in full and are nonrefundable. Thank you for booking with Montana Backcountry Yurts / YurtSki!