Bridger Bowl Ski Area Review

Powder day at Bridger Bowl, note the empty chairs Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

BOZEMAN, MT – Though Lionel Richie might have sang “let the music take control” in his famous song “All Night Long,” you’re sure to be singing “feel it in your heart, feel it in your soul, let the mountain take control” when you’re shredding the slopes at Bridger Bowl Ski Area. You’ll definitely wish you could ski all night long.

Located near Bozeman, Montana, Bridger Bowl is one of the best places to ski and snowboard in the entire state. They have a well-deserved reputation for light and fluffy “cold smoke” snow – and plenty of it.

The so-called “Bridger Cloud,” an isolated weather phenomenon, often descends over the Bridger Mountains bringing a prodigious amount of snow along with it, up to 71 inches in a 24-hour period. The coolest thing about this is that it tends to dump solely on the mountain. Bozeman, only about a twenty minute drive away, might receive only an inch or two during one of these storms. A flashing blue light on top of The Baxter Hotel serves a beacon to let skiers and snowboarders in town know when the snow is falling.

Bridger's Marketing Director Doug Wales knows were to find the deep snow! Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Bridger’s Marketing Director Doug Wales knows were to find the deep snow! Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Bridger Bowl Resort Review

Well, naturally, Bridger Bowl is all about the snow. And with so much of the fresh stuff dropping all the time, it’s easy to see why skiers and snowboarders flock to the mountain.

Couple the great snow with a quality skiing experience and it’s easy to see why Bridger Bowl is a winner. Affordable prices, a wide variety of runs with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert-only, and the great small town atmosphere of Bozeman top things off.

Bridger Bowl is particularly famous for “The Ridge.” This experts-only portion of the mountain is divided up into six sections. They are known as Schlasman’s, D Route, C Route, B Route, A Route, and Northwest/Hidden Gully Areas. Those that want to shred the endless steep chutes and open powder fields must be equipped with an avalanche beacon and avalanche shovel. Though lifts serve some sections of the Ridge (including the famous Schlasman’s Lift), most of it is hiking terrain. Those that show up to regularly shred the Ridge are affectionately known as Ridge Hippies.

The terrain is so sick that Bridger Bowl has become a haven for extreme skiers. Indeed, legends including Scott Schmidt, Doug Coombs, and Tom Jungst have all spent their fair share of time skiing at Bridger. If that doesn’t tell you how awesome of a spot this is, then all is lost on you…

When he's not busy managing the terrain park at Bridger Bowl, Josh Thomson can be found in the steeps. Nope it's not Jackson.. Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

When he’s not busy managing the terrain park at Bridger Bowl, Josh Thomson can be found in the steeps. Nope it’s not Jackson.. Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

The Bridger Bowl Experience

One of the best things about Bridger Bowl is its versatility. It offers up a little something for everyone and does so with welcoming arms. Families and children will have just as much fun at Bridger as expert skiers seeking gnarly terrain.

Then there is the town of Bozeman. It’s a college town (home of Montana State University) and has a great college town feel. There is plenty for everyone to do in the town itself, from bars and restaurants to family oriented activities like theaters, museums, and more. The close proximity of the town – about twenty minutes away from Bridger –means that finding lodging at one of its many hotels is easy.

Drive up to the Bridger Bowl Ski Area and you’ll be greeted with free parking in a lot crammed full of old Ford trucks. The Bridger experience starts here and extends to the lodges. A new base lodge was recently added. There is also an older base lodge and a mid-mountain lodge.

Of particular interest is a special four-day deal for those seeking the ultimate Bridger Bowl experience. It comes with four days of lift tickets and four nights of lodging for as low as $69 a day per person. The ski area works closely with several great Bozeman hotels to hook you up with these killer deals.

Plan Your Bridger Bowl Ski Trip!

What are you waiting for? Bridger Bowl is one of the sickest skiing and snowboarding destinations in the United States. The combination of the great terrain, awesome small town vibes, and super affordable prices makes it one of those ski trips you just can’t pass up on.

C’mon, let the mountains take control

We couldn't say it any better Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

We couldn’t say it any better Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding and join the Freeride World Tour. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

3 Comments on "Bridger Bowl Ski Area Review"

  1. Ya said it perfectly Mike. Glad we had some good conditions. Was good to meet you at the Grizzly.

  2. Get your Live Like There’s Snow Tomorrow stickers at:

    • Todd,

      Right on! Count me for 1 or 10… Stoked you saw the article. The sticker caught my eye and surely anyone that loves being in the mountains as well.



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