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Ski the Cold Smoke! Bridger Bowl, a nonprofit, community area is a skier’s paradise. Ridge terrain offers an impressive variety of steeps and natural features. On the north side, enjoy easy access to 500 acres of low angle powder and groomers. Located 16 miles from Bozeman, check out micro-breweries, gastro pubs, music venues and a variety of places to stay the night. Enjoy the best skiing and lodging in the Rockies for a fraction of the price. There are not many, if any, ski areas quite like this Montana gem: a big mountain experience with a friendly local’s vibe.

Bridger Bowl, Montana, Ski resort guide

Where to stay:
Mid-week and PowderHound packages good at over 25 Bozeman hotels ranging from luxury to mom and pop.

Getting there:
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is located 7 miles west of Bozeman.

Annual snowfall:
350 inches

Vertical feet:
2,600

Total acreage:
2000

Ticket price:
$63.00

Season highlights:
12/30/2018 – Torchlight Parade with Fireworks
2/2/2019 – King & Queen of the Ridge
2/16/2019 – Bridger Gully Freeride
3/2/2019 – Rally on 9 (NEW EVENT)
3/9 & 10/2019 – Slushy Slalom

Best time to visit:
Monday thru Friday

Trip itinerary:

Tuesday:
8am: Grab some delicious baked goods at Wild Crumb bakery before heading up the canyon.
8:30am: Pick up your lift tickets and ($30) Downtown Bozeman Dollars at the Reservations desk in the Jim Bridger Lodge.
9am: Ride the Virginia City triple chair out of the base area to mid-mountain.
9:15am: Hop on the Brigder Lift and get first tracks off the High Traverse.
12pm: Enjoy homemade beef stew at Deer Park Chalet.
5pm: Hit Map Brewing for a Ridge Hippy, Lamb Sliders and the Gonzo Salad.
7pm: Check out a show at the newly renovated Rialto Theater on Main Street.

Wednesday:
8:30am: Enjoy a hearty breakfast burrito in the Jim Bridger Lodge.
9am: Sign up for a guided Ridge Tour at the Snowsports desk.
12pm: Cozy up to the fire in Jimmy B’s Bar & Grill for a delicious sit down lunch.
1pm: Hike the Ridge and head south to ski the Nose.
4pm: Swap stories of the day aprés ski in FaceShots.
6pm: Explore historic Bozeman and eat and drink your “Downtown Dollars” along the way.
8pm: Head to a local favorite, the Haufbrau, for a game of pool.

Thursday:
8am: Pick up delicious coffee or tea and a breakfast biscuit sandwich at Rockford Coffee.
9am: Ski 2 miles north to south exploring Bridger’s wide-open bowls.
12pm: Fuel up on a tasty Italian panini with wine by the Tulikivi soapstone stove in Alpine Cabin.
1pm: Ski the glades on the north side off Powder Park Lift.
5pm: Stop by Pizza Campania in the Cannery District for some wood fired oven pizza and an extensive beer and wine list.
7pm: Head south of town to Bozeman Hot Springs to soak and recover from a great trip!