I'm planning a weekend retreat, can you help with that?
Please read through our most frequently asked questions. If you need more specific information, please call us at (406) 825-4069.
Who do you recommend for catering our group or event?
Our guests can pre-order meals from Ekstrom’s Stage Station, a local restaurant well known for excellent home-cooked meals. Maria Freeman, the keeper of those recipes, long time Baker and Chef at the restaurant, will prepare meals for pick-up or for serving at Sky Ranch. Maria is highly recommended by our guests and she and the Ekstrom Staff can also cater your large event. Open Easter Weekend through September. For More Information, contact Maria, at 406-370-6506, or Ekstrom’s Stage Station, at 406-825-3183.
In addition, we recommend the following locally owned companies:
RiverSong Event Gourmet Catering: www.RiverSongCatering.com Paige Pitzer, Chef & Owner
BalsamRoot Catering & Wicked Good Greens: www.wickedgoodgreens.com Niffer Stackpole, Owner
A Moveable Feast: www.amoveablefeastmissoula.com Dominic, Owner Phone: (406) 544-8390
The Notorious Pig BBQ: Voted Missoula’s Best BBQ, www.thenotoriouspigbbq.com
Tia’s Big Sky: Artisanal Mexican Restaurant, www.tiasbigsky.com
What Are The Policies at Sky Ranch?
A One-Third of the Contract Fee is required to confirm and hold the event date(s). Deposit must be received at the time of contract signing.
A Booking Deposit
is equal to one-third of the Contract Fee is required to confirm and hold the event date(s) and must be received within one (1) week of Contract signing.
is due thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled Event Date.
A Non-Refundable Cleaning Fee
is required at the time of the Final Payment. Costs associated with unclean premises may exceed the Cleaning Fee and Sky Ranch will require payment for excess costs immediately upon submission of invoices for such costs.
A Refundable Damage Deposit
is also required at the time of the Final Payment. Costs associated with damaged premises may exceed the Damage Deposit and Sky Ranch will require payment for excess costs immediately upon submission of invoices for such costs.
Late Receipt of Payments
If the full Facilities Fee is not received 30 days prior to the event, an additional 10% late fee shall be assessed. Should the Renter fail to make the full Facilities Fee in addition to the 10% late fee by 20 days before the event, Sky Ranch reserves the right to re-book the facility and retain all deposits received.
Cancellation or Rescheduling of Event
If Renter cancels the event after execution of this agreement the Booking Fee is Non-Refundable. If the Renter elects to reschedule the event at an available date or hold a different event at Sky Ranch within one calendar year of the original event date, then the Booking Fee is transferable to such other date and applicable against the Facilities Fee. If Renter cancels the event after payment of the Final Payment, then SMR Properties will retain 50% of the final payment. Cancellation or rescheduling of the event must be submitted in writing or by email from the Renter’s Primary Contact. Any Cleaning or Damage Deposit will be refunded within ten (10) days of event cancellation.
Groups may have a limited number of campers or RVs on site. However, there no RV “hookups” for power, water, or sewer. Sewage “dumping”, or any disposal of sewage is expressly prohibited at Sky Ranch.
Smoking and Open Flames
No smoking is allowed inside any buildings or on the deck areas at Sky Ranch. Smoking is only allowed in the designated outdoor smoking areas. IF THE FOREST SERVICE, CITY, COUNTY OR OTHER LOCAL JURISDICTION HAS ISSUED A FIRE RESTRICTION ORDER FOR OUR AREA, smoking may be allowed within a designated area only and all cigarette butts must be placed in fire-proof containers. Open flame in designated fire pits only. If the Forest Service or the County has issued a fire restriction order, there will be no fires on the property.
Catering and Third Party Vendor(s)
Renter may hire vendor(s) or caterer(s) to serve at Renter’s event at Sky Ranch. Renter is responsible to ensure that all necessary permits and licenses are obtained for any vendor or caterer hired to provide services connected with Renter’s use of Sky Ranch. Renter shall provide proof to Sky Ranch that the acts and omissions of the caterer or third-party vendor(s) are covered by Renter’s Event or Special Events Policy.
Special Event or “Event” Liability insurance
is required of all Renters. Renter must provide a Certificate of Insurance to SMR Properties no later than ten (10) days prior to the event, attesting the coverage described below. Failure to provide the required proofs of Insurance may result in the cancellation of the event and retention of deposits and fees. The insurance must, at Renter’s sole expense, provide and maintain public liability and personal property damage insurance, ensuring Sky Ranch Retreat Center, SMR Properties and Investments, LLC, and its owners, managers and employees, against all bodily injury, property damage, personal injury and other loss arising out of Renter’s use and occupancy of the premises and the acts and omissions of any caterers or other vendors hired by Renter. The insurance required shall have a single limit liability of not less than $1 million, and general aggregate liability of not less than $2 million. SMR Properties and Investments, LLC, Sky Ranch Event Center, and their owners, manager, and employees shall be named as additional insured by such policy.
If alcohol is to be served such insurance policy shall include Host Liquor Liability coverage to protect SMR Properties and Investments, LLC, Sky Ranch and their Owners, Managers, and Employees against alcohol-related accidents. Renter agrees Renter is ultimately liable for the safety of Renter’s guests.
Do you allow pets?
Sorry, but we request that you please leave your pets at home.
What if I need to cancel?
If you cancel your event after execution of this agreement, the Booking Deposit is non-refundable. If you elect to reschedule the event on an available date or hold a different event at Sky Ranch within one (1) calendar year of the original event date, then the Booking Deposit is transferable and applicable against the Facilities Fee.
What is Maximum Capacity at Sky Ranch?
Our Winter Residential Capacity is 12-14 persons.
Summer Capacity is 24-26 persons, plus a limited number of personal campers.
Maximum Guests for outdoor events, (including Weddings) is 125 total persons.
All Season, Half Day or Single Day Capacity is 28 persons.
If your group is larger than the Sky Ranch Maximum Residential Capacity:
You can still hold your event at Sky Ranch with additional accommodations secured through local Airbnb and VRBO rentals. Montana Vacation Rentals also manages the Confluence Cabin with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6-8. The cabin is conveniently located across the road from Sky Ranch. Several other rentals are within ½ mile of the Ranch. We will be glad to help you make these connections.
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