Bridger Bowl’s lifts stop turning at 4pm (and the Ridge will probably wear you out by its usual 2:30 close time), so what to do with the rest of the day? Bozeman offers up a plethora of places to cool your quads, for still-raging powerhouses and slope-weary troopers alike.
The Other Mountain Pose
After shredding the mountain, become it. (A few hits of pine-scented essential oil and you’re halfway there.) Hot yoga gets you toasty on especially frosty days, but any class will stretch out those muscles you abused on Pierre’s Knob. Downtown Bozeman is a mecca for yoga studios, so peruse a few websites and drop-in, bro.
Two Step after Two Planking
Moving your body is the best way to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness from setting in. That may or may not be true, but you might as well get a whirl around the dance floor in before you’re really feeling those six Ridge hikes tomorrow. Bozeman’s cowtown roots tend to show when a good country band cues up—expect to see two-step and country swing at the Eagles, Mixers Club and Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar (in Gallatin Gateway) Friday and Saturday nights. Let’s make one thing clear—there will be no line dancing.
Get Into Hot Water
We submit that there is nothing—nothing—better than a hot soak after cruising the slopes. Bozeman Hot Springs (near Gallatin Gateway, about 10 minutes from Bozeman) offers hot and warm pools, a cold plunge, a dry sauna and steam room. There are also workout facilities, if you’re crazy enough to want to go for another cardio blast after a day on the mountain.
As a close second, nab a hotel with a hot tub (or five) like the C’mon Inn.
Call It a Sports Massage
Bridger’s a no-frills hill without a slopeside spa—which really isn’t a problem considering the massage tables of Bozeman await after a mere 16-mile drive. Cruise downtown and head straight to Sage for a relaxing post-Ridge rubdown, or make the rounds between Loft Spa’s hot and cold saunas, cold plunge and glacial shower before a warm body wrap. To keep it cheap, book a student massage from Healthworks Institute.
If your trip is short and you’re really trying to cram it all in, spring for a haircut or style before a night on the town. (More time to relax, more effort saved for dancing.)
Play Hard, Play Well
Bridger’s steeps can take it out of you—especially if you’re coming from lower elevations. For après-ski evenings where you just want to be entertained (and hotel cable won’t cut it), look at the listings for the Ellen Theatre, Verge Theater and Emerson Cultural Center for plays, musicals, concerts, old movies and documentaries worth staying up for.
A day at Bridger’s an experience unto itself—but why stop there? Round out a bluebird day (or a powder one) with relaxation or more excitement back in town—your choice.