Bridger Bowl is located in Bozeman Montana, where wilderness reigns and the ski season is about the most exciting time of year. Northeast of famous Big Sky Ski Resort and filled with attractions like the Bozeman Hot Springs, Bozeman has a lot to offer during ski vacations or in any season. Bozeman is close to Yellowstone National Park and is set into a landscape highlighted with scenic vistas and recreation. This college town is relaxed and easy going and all it takes is one look around to realize it.
Bridger Bowl Ski Resort is one of the best aspects of wintering in Bozeman. Bridger Bowl ski area is legendary for plenty of good reasons. It is home to several film pioneers in the ski industry, most who have spent time filming at Bridger Bowl’s Ridge, a hike-to-only area that takes a lot of physical endurance to reach. The terrain throughout The Ridge varies and is suitable for advanced level skiers and snowboarders. It is about the most exciting and complex place to be of any Montana ski resorts. The Terrain Park is also frequented by riders hitting up the single and double bars, progressive rails, and other street-inspired features.
Bridger Bowl Ski Resort is one of the oldest ski resorts in Montana, with 70-years of premier skiing that has only improved with modern technology and techniques. A typical platter lift was installed in 1956, two major chair lifts were added in the 1960s, and in 1973 Ridge skiing was open to all skiers with the courage to hike up and take on the toughest part of the Bridger Bowl ski area. Known strictly as back country skiing, Bridger Bowl attracted riders that have gone on to win multiple awards, create ski and board films and other major media projects, and essentially make a world-renowned splash on the ski and snowboard scene. Of course, a pro is only as good as his or instructor. Bridger Bowl Ski Resort offers a slew of ski lessons and programs to choose from for all ages and levels.
An exciting part of skiing at Bridger Bowl Ski Resort are the complimentary Mountain tours, offered by alpine hosts that reveal the shortcuts, cut-offs, drops, nooks, and sweet spots that otherwise might take a good chunk of time finding. This means getting to the good stuff right off the bat. During the Bridger Bowl ski season there are mountain tours offered daily at 10:00 a.m. If you’re aiming high for The Ridge, pass the chairlifts and head on up with a host to explore. Transceivers, shovels, and packs are provided and considered necessary ski equipment on advanced terrain.
The Bridger Bowl trail map reveals a mountain that has little unused space. The Ridge covers the mountain top which peaks at the 8,700-foot summit. An upper and lower novice area is provided with 16 trails and a dedicated Slow Area where fast speeds are not tolerated. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders will love the choice between 29 mid-range trails traversing the entire mountains width and offer lots of challenges paired with easier runs. The 26 eye-popping black diamond and double black diamond runs are by far the most exciting aspect at Bridger Bowl ski area for expert riders. The amazing 2,000 acres of accessible terrain, a North and South Bowl, a 2,600-foot vertical drop, and southside Mundy’s Bowl are heaven for pros.
If breaking away from the mountain is even possible during skiing vacations, riders will notice Jim Bridger Lodge that houses a bar and grill, coffee and ski bar, and a cafeteria. Saddle Peak Lodge is home to a great family restaurant, a relaxing sitting area, a huge fireplace, and an outdoor terrace with amazing mountain views. Deer Park Chalet is the third and last visitor-friendly area with dining, outdoor seating on a sprawling deck and, and plenty of post-and-beam architecture completed with re-used fir trees. Lodging in Bozeman is the best choice for staying and playing.
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