Bridger Bowl Ski Area

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Bridger Bowl Ski Area
Base area in March 2005
Base area in March 2005
Bridger Bowl Ski Area is located in the US
Bridger Bowl Ski Area
Bridger Bowl Ski Area
Location in the United States
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 75
Longest run 3 miles (4.8 km)
Lift system 8 chairlifts
- 1 Quad
- 6 Triples
- 1 Double
Snowfall 350 in (890 cm)
Snowmaking minimal

Bridger Bowl is a ski area in the western United States, near Bozeman, Montana. It serves the local population, including Montana State University.

Located north of Bozeman in the Bridger Range of southern Montana, Bridger Bowl is a locally owned non-profit ski area.[citation needed] It provides locals with affordable skiing, great terrain and outstanding snowfall.[citation needed] The ski area and mountain range are named after the noted mountain man Jim Bridger, and are accessed from state highway 86.[citation needed]

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

Residents of Bozeman are alerted to the arrival 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. 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 2008/2009 season, the first lift-served terrain expansion in 30 years[citation needed]. Schlasman's is a reconditioned 1976 Doppelmayr double chair lift, formerly known as the "Peruvian" lift, purchased from Snowbird ski resort in Utah[citation needed]. 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 2013/2014 season, Bridger Bowl unveiled its new Powder Park and Alpine chair lifts.[citation needed] These brand-new lifts tripled 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 2012/2013 season.[2] Bridger Bowl is noted for its expert-only skiing terrain known as "The Ridge".[citation needed] There are six sections of the ridge known as Schlasman's, D Route, C Route, B Route, A route and Northwest/Hidden Gully Areas[citation needed]. In order to ski or snowboard the ridge, an avalanche beacon and shovel are required. Most of the ridge is hiking terrain[citation needed].

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

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