Bridger Bowl Ski Area

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Bridger Bowl Ski Area
Base area in March 2005
Base area in March 2005
Location Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin County, Montana
 United States
Nearest city Bozeman
Coordinates 45°49′05″N 110°53′49″W / 45.818°N 110.897°W / 45.818; -110.897Coordinates: 45°49′05″N 110°53′49″W / 45.818°N 110.897°W / 45.818; -110.897
Vertical 2,600 feet (792 m)
Top elevation 8,700 feet (2,652 m)
Base elevation 6,100 feet (1,859 m)
Skiable area 2,000 acres (8.1 km2)
Runs 71
Longest run 3 miles (4.8 km)
Lift system 8 chairlifts
- 1 Quad
- 5 Triples
- 2 Doubles
Snowfall 350 in (890 cm)
Snowmaking none
Website Bridger
BridgerBowl is located in United States
Location in the United States
BridgerBowl is located in Montana
location in southern Montana, near Bozeman

Bridger Bowl is a ski area in the western United States, near Bozeman, Montana. It serves locals and students of Montana State University.

Located north of Bozeman in the Bridger Range of southern Montana, Bridger is a locally owned non-profit ski area. It provides locals with affordable skiing, great terrain, and outstanding snowfall. It notably lacks the tourist crowds found at Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, destination ski resorts south of Bozeman. The ski area and mountain range are named after noted mountain man Jim Bridger, and is accessed from state highway 86.

In addition to the existing base lodge and a mid-mountain lodge, a new main lodge opened in 2005 at the base area.

Local skiers are alerted to the presence of fresh snow by a flashing blue beacon placed atop the Baxter Hotel in downtown Bozeman. First installed in 1988, it is activated every time Bridger Bowl accumulates two inches of fresh snow, and remains on for 24 hours. Local skiers depend upon the beacon because the ski area can have a great deal of fresh powder, dubbed "cold smoke," even when it is not snowing in Bozeman. For this reason, maintenance of the light is a priority and only once in 20 years was it out of operation for two days.[1] Bridger Bowl opened the new Schlasman's chairlift for the 2008-09 season, the first lift-served terrain expansion in 30 years. Schlasman's is a reconditioned 1976 Doppelmayr double chair, formerly known as the "Peruvian" lift, purchased from Snowbird ski resort in Utah. This new lift (named after a miner who died in an avalanche in 1885) has a vertical rise of 1,700 feet (518 m) and adds 311 acres (1.26 km2) of new lift-served terrain for expert skiers only. To ride this lift, skiers are required to carry an avalanche transceiver; partners and shovels are highly recommended. For the 2013-14 season, Bridger Bowl unveiled its new Powder Park and Alpine chair lifts. These brand-new lifts triple the uphill capacity (3,300/people/hr vs. 1,100/people/hr) compared to the “old Alpine” center pole, double chair that was retired at the end of the 2012-13 season. [2] Bridger Bowl is noted for its legendary expert-only skiing terrain known as "The Ridge". There are six sections of the ridge known as Schlasman's, D Route, C Route, B Route, A route, and Northwest/Hidden Gully Areas. In order to ski or snowboard the ridge, an avalanche beacon and shovel are required. Most of the ridge is hiking terrain. Information on skiing The Ridge can be found in a book called Stepping Up - A Guide to The Ridge at Bridger Bowl. Storms hit the ridge at Bridger Bowl that produce vast amounts of light powder snow. Bridger bowl receives storm snowfall totals that rival the world's best powder skiing areas.

List of Runs[edit]

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Black Diamond
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Double Black Diamond
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Sunnyside Timmy's Road Buck's Run Flippers
Glenn's Glade White Lightning Devil's Dive Zits
Moose Meadows Boot Hill Southbound High Traverse
Coyote Flats Elk Run Three Bears Bowl The Nose
Sawmill Gulch Upper Sawmill Gulch Avalanche Gulch Exit Chute
Summer Road Good Clean Fun Bronco Tight Squeeze
Mully Road Bobcat Brush Run Out of Sight
Mogul Mouse Wolverine The John
Chalet Road Maverick Sluice Box
Lower Limestone Cross Cut Freedom
Limestone Crazy Woman Easy Money
Alpine Run Alpine Return Ptarmigan
Rugrat Deer Park Road Deer Park Face
Alpine Access Alpine Face North Bowl Road
Porcupine Three Bears Traverse Powder Hog
Montagne's Meadow Thunder Road North Bowl Run
Powder Park Last Chance
Sacajawea Mayo's
Powder Horn Kurt's
Bitterroot Emigrant
Bridger Run
Pierre's Return
Pierre's Road
Southern Drawl
Missouri Breaks
Hanton's Hollow
Emil's Mile
Powder Puff


  1. ^ Chronicle Staff (December 19, 2007). "Baxter's blue light back in service". The Bozeman Chronicle. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Chronicle Staff (December 6, 2013). "Opening day at Bridger Bowl". The Bozeman Chronicle. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 

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