Bridger has an earthy local vibe, but also some kick butt Montana mountain
terrain. With 2,000 acres on the East slope of the Bridger Mountain range skiers
get beautiful scenery of the Yellowstone River and the Crazy Mountains (ask a
local about the Native American crazy folklore). Bridger is within the Gallatin
National Forest, so no slopeside lodging, but an impressive 8,800’ Ridge of
in-bounds backcountry style terrain two miles across for experts. This Bridger
Ridge offers steep, oft-snowy chutes in Nose and Mundy's bowls where free skiers
like Doug Coombs and Scott Schmidt honed their ski skills. A double chair
accesses the Ridge, though you must have transceivers to load Schlasman’s lift
(named after a miner that died here in an avalanche – and a reminder of the
Bridger is also playground for families, with wide open satiny snow in North and
South Bowl, Sunnyside, and the Alpine Face, served by fixed grip lists, with
about 50% groomed terrain. Bridger's slogan is "ski the cold smoke", and they
get a bounty of natural Montana snow.
Bridger has a loyal local following, especially on a powder day. Bridger Bowl
also hosts a fun a roster of fun ski events, King and Queen of the Ridge, the
Apron Challenge, a Dirt Bag Ball, races, and terrain park contests.
Bridger is a private nonprofit 501(c) 4 organization, a Montana membership based
group which sounds low
budget, but the Board of Directors and member voters continue to reinvest and
add new lifts and three spectacular
Rocky Mountain lodges in the last decade, including the Alpine Cabin Lodge -
a great spot off Alpine's Limestone Run served by the western most Alpine
triple. For table service lunch and après ski at Bridger, go to Jimmy B's at the
namesake Jim Bridger Lodge with views of the ski slopes.
Bridger is one of the most easily reached western resorts, 14 miles from Bozeman
past bison, horses and elk farms. It’s a great add on to a ski trip to Big Sky
on your arrival or departure day. Compared to most big western areas, Bridger
Bowl’s 2,700’ vertical is a bargain ($54 for adults, $19 for kids). Think of
Bridger as a Montana State Park for skiing, the first rope tow was installed
here in 1951 as Bridger Mountain State Park, later it was named Bozeman State
Park, then the ski area became officially Bridger Bowl Association in 1971.