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
Considering the access, terrain, snow and price… Bridger Bowl simply offers the best big mountain ski experience in North America.
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.
- 1/28/12: Skin to Win Randonnee
- 2/11/12: King and Queen of Ridge
- 2/18/12: Bridger Gully Free Ride
|Annual Snowfall:||350 inches|
|Vertical Drop:||2,600 feet|
|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|
|Nearest Airport:||Bozeman, Montana|
|Hotels / Lodging:||Few guest houses and condos on mountain, with hotels in Bozeman|