A Message to Our Valued Guests
Back in April, we decided to delay the season start of Mountain Sky Guest Ranch with an August 2 tentative target opening. We communicated this goal and excitedly but thoughtfully prepared for a shortened season that integrated new COVID-19 protocols and mitigated as much risk as possible for our guests, staff Associates, and the local Paradise Valley community. We’ve had constant dialogue with the best medical experts locally, statewide, and nationally with the CDC to guide our preparations – but to our dismay, we’ve seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Montana and across our country.
In light of these current conditions, we are cancelling our entire 2020 season. This is the most difficult decision we’ve ever made since purchasing Mountain Sky in 2001. But after careful consideration, and guided by our core value to put people first, we know this is the correct course of action for this moment in time. As the largest landowner in Paradise Valley and responsible stewards of this breathtaking land, we honor that trusted position with today’s decision to focus on the health and well-being of our guests, valley neighbors, and Associates who live in the community. To scheduled 2020 season guests, Cam and Erin will be reaching out by phone to discuss next steps.
We are all part of the Mountain Sky family. The magic of our ranch in its unique setting has created a special connection between you, other guests, and our Associates. We deeply cherish our shared experiences together. We will miss seeing you this year more than words can describe. But we remain confident that we will all get through this challenging time by doing our parts to ensure our local communities, our country and our planet can navigate and minimize the effects of this global pandemic. Making this tough decision is part of that effort. This storm will pass, and when it does, the majestic beauty of Big Sky country and the most caring ranch staff in the West will eagerly welcome you back to Montana.
We remain optimistic about the future. The recent enhancements to our cabins, wellness center, saloon and eco-friendly golf course have made Mountain Sky Guest Ranch the best it’s ever been since opening in 1929. We can’t wait to share those features with you. Innovating continuously is also one of our core values, so our staff will spend the rest of this year making improvements and developing programs so that we can continue delivering on our promise of an extraordinary ranch experience. We take great pride in being a leader in Western hospitality and we are excited about the 2021 season. We hope you are too!
We care about you, staff Associates and this community we call home. Although we won’t be sharing a physical space in 2020, we want to stay connected. We encourage you to reach out by phone, by email or on our social media platforms if you have any questions or stories/photos/videos to share. Your spirit brings our ranch to life, and we are committed to sending you a little bit of Mountain Sky magic as we all keep a positive and hopeful eye turned toward an exciting future.
Until we see each other again, we send our love and best wishes that you and your families remain safe and healthy.
Arthur M. Blank
AMB West General Manager
Mountain Sky General Manager