2012 Bridger Bowl

Powder Perspective

With no groomers, no sightseeing, and no “follow the orange balls” for the easy way down, Schlasman’s is truly a gift for the core skier. A recycled and refurbished 1976 Doppelmayr double, which Bridger purchased from Snowbird and installed in December 2008, Schlasman’s tops out at 8,700 feet, just 100 feet below the infamous Ridge. It is unique in that it requires all passengers to wear an avalanche beacon. Though the inbounds terrain is controlled, it’s filled with rocks, trees, stumps, cliffs and gullies. At the summit, drop in skier’s left to the Gullies, or throw the skis on the shoulder and hike north along the Ridge to D Route. Or head south on the Ridge to the resort boundary. Skiing this terrain should not be taken lightly, especially anything out of bounds, which has the possibility to rip 2,000 feet, carrying you and everyone below over death cliffs. Care must be taken to not drop in on anyone. —MATT HANSEN

Resort Overview

Considering the access, terrain, snow and price… Bridger Bowl simply offers the best big mountain ski experience in North America.

Terrain Breakdown

An expert skier’s dream with over 50 percent of the terrain black and double black diamond. The north-south running Ridge provides a diverse range of natural terrain features with steep chutes, gullies, some glades and wide open bowls. Ridge has lift-served and hike-only zones. Excellent groomed runs on the lower half of the mountain with a modest but well-built terrain park.

Season Highlights

  • 1/28/12: Skin to Win Randonnee
  • 2/11/12: King and Queen of Ridge
  • 2/18/12: Bridger Gully Free Ride

Resort Specs

Annual Snowfall: 350 inches
Vertical Drop: 2,600 feet
Skiable Acres: 2,000
Local Bars: Jimmy B’s, Face Shots, Grizzly Ridge
Number of Lifts: 7
Number of Trails: 75 named runs
Number of Parks/Pipes: 1 Park
Local Restaurants: Jimmy B’s, Grizzly Ridge
Backcountry Access: Only through designated gates and access zones
Ticket Price: $48
Nearest Airport: Bozeman, Montana
Hotels / Lodging: Few guest houses and condos on mountain, with hotels in Bozeman

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