This sponsored content is paid for by Visit Montana.

Stepping into some new terrain that you’ve never explored is an exciting feeling for any skier. For professional skier Marcus Caston, he certainly found some fresh experiences during his first visit to Bridger Bowl, Montana.

“I’ve never been to Bridger [Bowl] before, but I’ve heard a lot about Bridger from my Montana friends, so I had an idea of what to expect, but it really just blew away my expectations,” says Caston. “It’s the real deal.”

Marcus Caston does his best to keep up with the locals. PHOTO: Courtesy of Visit Montana

Caston came out to Bridger to meet up with his friend Brianna Moore, a musician, artist, and skier who has been living in Southwest Montana for the last eight years.

Powder-starved Marcus Caston finds what's he's looking for in Big Sky in the first episode of The Montana Way.

“A huge appeal for skiing Bridger Bowl is living in Bozeman. It’s such a short drive,” says Moore.

Caston and Moore arrived for opening day at Bridger Bowl, and everyone was hyped. The whole scene was buzzing and they were ready to shred the mountain.

“Opening day is always special. Just running into all of the old friends that I haven’t seen in awhile,” says Moore. “There’s such a strong sense of ski community here.”

“Bridger is the most unique mountain that I’ve ever skied at,” Moore continues. “There’s always somewhere new to explore.”

Bridger Bowl local Sam Cox, a smokejumper by trade, leads the way. PHOTO: Courtesy of Visit Montana

While skiing, Caston and Moore ran into another local skier from Bozeman, Sam Cox. According to Caston, Cox “literally wrote the guidebook about Bridger Bowl,” which he did, in a book called Stepping Up: A Local's Guide to the Ridge at Bridger Bowl.

“Bridger, it’s definitely got an eclectic style because it’s kind of a melting pot,” says Cox. “It’s a pretty tight-knit community.”

Read more: There's no shortage of ways to enjoy the pristine mountains surrounding Bozeman year round.

With roughly a couple hundred people coming out to ski Bridger on most days, Cox emphasizes that it’s simply a bunch of people getting together to enjoy a passion that they all share: “They like to ski pow.”

“It’s really nice to know that places like this exist,” says Caston. “I can’t wait to come back year after year.”

For any skier frothing to get waist deep into some cold smoke, Bridger Bowl should most certainly be on the bucket list.