Bridger Bowl Ski Area
|Bridger Bowl Ski Area|
Base area in March 2005
|Location||Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin County, Montana
|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)|
|Longest run||3 miles (4.8 km)|
|Lift system||8 chairlifts
- 1 Quad
- 2 Triples
- 5 Doubles
|Snowfall||350 in (890 cm)|
|Web site||Bridger Bowl.com|
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. 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.  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.
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