Bridger Bowl Ski Resort Montana
Bridger Bowl is a bit of a conundrum. It’s not sure whether it’s a locals' ski hill trying to be a big ski resort, or if it’s a big ski resort trying to be a local’s ski hill. One thing is for certain, it is a great ski hill that has all of the qualities of a big ski resort without the pretence and price-tag. Being on the eastern side of the continental divide, snow quality is deliciously dry, hence Bridger’s moniker ‘Ski the Cold Smoke’.
Bridger Bowl Ski and Snowboard Terrain
Bridger Bowl is renowned for its extreme inbounds terrain and its cold, super dry snow – all true. A lot of the extreme terrain is lift accessible, but most requires some level of hiking up to the crest of ‘The Ridge’ before puckering up and taking the dive!
What isn’t as well known is that Bridger is also an excellent beginners’ ski hill. Naturally, it follows that there must be a fair bit of intermediate and advanced terrain to fill the gap between the greens and double blacks – true again.
Where is the Bridger Bowl Ski Resort?
Bridger Bowl is located in south central Montana, a short hop, skip and jump from the superb Yellowstone National Park. The fun city of Bozeman is the closest city and flights come in from several major US hubs.
Bridger is a full day’s drive north from Salt Lake City
Bridger Bowl has no accommodation on the hill. This is a good thing because the locals tend to be very slow getting up in the mornings (unless it has dumped 3 feet!), so you have no one at the resort to compete with.
A few home rentals and B&Bs are near the ski hill, but essentially all of the accommodation is in nearby Bozeman.
Bridger Bowl Accommodations Listings
Bridger Bowl Facilities
Bridger Bowl’s facilities are first rate and as good as anywhere in the world – which begs belief given that this is a not-for-profit community run ski hill. Three modern day lodges emphasise the quality of Bridger’s facilities.
In fact, such is the quality of the facilities that one could easily be mistaken into thinking you were at a ski resort where the price of a lift ticket actually inflicts pain, as opposed to the Bridger reality where it is almost embarrassing how little cash one has to depart with.
Why Ski or Snowboard at Bridger Bowl?
Why should the Bozeman locals have all the fun? Whether you’re into hucking cliffs or learning to snow plough, Bridger will deliver.