Sometimes dubbed “The University of Bridger Bowl,” Bozeman’s non-profit hill exudes a very rider-focused vibe. Bridger’s well-kept lodges lure skiers in for cheese fries and hot cocoa, but you won’t find slopeside condos or on-hill spas here. Instead, Bozeman waits a mere 16 miles away, welcoming skiers back from the day with a complete spread of foodie fare, lodging, spas and the rest.
The skiers here couldn’t be coaxed off the hill anyway, preferring to shred Bridger’s gnarly sidecountry: The Ridge and Slushman’s Ravine “lift-served backcountry” area. But even if you aren’t packing a beacon and avalanche training certificate, Bridger has plenty of fun cruisers and lift-served steeps.
When you’re here, be sure to tip your helmet towards the BBC—Bridger Bowl Cloud. Even when Bozeman’s sunny, the BBC often perches on the Ridge, dumping feet of powder continuously onto grateful skiers.
Vertical Rise: 2,700 feet
Skiable Acres: 2000 acres
Adult Lift Ticket: $54
Average Annual Snowfall: 350 inches
Get to Bridger
Directions: From Downtown Bozeman, turn north on Rouse. The road veers right, becoming Bridger Canyon Drive. Continue 15 miles. Turn left at the sign for Bridger Bowl.