Bridger Bowl Ski Area

A renegade among major ski areas, Bridger Bowl operates as a nonprofit community amenity, eschewing the resort sprawl that drives other big hill operations. The facility has grown apace with Bozeman, from one rope tow and a quonset hut in 1955 to today's eight chair lifts and three day-lodges. Bridger Bowl is arguably the most successful grass roots nonprofit, community ski area in North America. Although this is a "locals" mountain, many nonresident visitors return year after year to enjoy the incredible skiing as well as the warm and welcoming community vibe through out the area.

Bridger Bowl resides on the east side of the Bridger Mountain Range and only 16 miles (20 minutes) north of Bozeman, Montana. The ski area is renown for its "Cold Smoke" powder snow and sunny skies.

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Latitude: 45.7981695 Longitude: -110.9399414 Elevation: 8143 ft

Skiing Area By the Numbers

* 2,000 acres of terrain
* 2,600 vertical feet
* 8 Chair lifts
* Terrain Park
* PSIA Snow Sports Instruction
* Averages 350 inches of snow annually
* 311 acre terrain expansion in 2008
* New loading carpets in 2009
* Ski, snowboard and telemark equipment rentals
* Playcare facilities
* Central Reservations 1-800-223-9609

Trail System

Over 75 named runs
* 20% beginner, 30% intermediate, 30% advanced, 20% extreme
* 25% of the mountain is groomed
* wide open bowls, long runs, ridge line skiing and riding, low and high angle runs
* Schlasman Chair lift and all Ridge access skiing/riding requires avalanche transceiver
* Guided Ridge tours available through Snow Sports Center

Best Access and Parking Areas

Off I-90 traveling west: Take the first Bozeman Exit (East Main Street) and travel about 3/4 mile to the second traffic light. Take a right turn on Rouse and stay on the road all the way to Bridger Bowl. Rouse becomes Bridger Canyon Road outside the city limits. 16 miles to Bridger Bowl.

Off I-90 traveling east: Take the second exit (North 7th). After leaving the interstate off ramp, turn left and cross back over I-90. Immediately look for a Sinclair gas station on the right hand side of the road and take a right hand turn onto Griffin Drive after the gas station. Griffin Drive will run into Highway 86, turn left onto the Highway. Follow approx. 16 miles to Bridger Bowl.

Gallatin Field, the airport serving Bozeman, is located 10 miles west of town. It is served by 4 major carriers including, United, Delta, Northwest, and Horizon. United flies directly from Denver; Delta flies directly from Salt Lake City, Northwest flies directly from Minneapolis (and Detroit mid-season) and Horizon flies directly from Seattle (and San Francisco during ski season).

Plenty of parking - upper lot reserved for Carpool

Bridger Bowl Park-N-Ride FREE Ski Bus: operates Saturdays and Sundays

8:15 a.m. - departs Gallatin County Fairgrounds
8:45 a.m. - arrives Bridger Bowl

9:00 a.m. - departs Gallatin County Fairgrounds
9:45 a.m. - arrives Bridger Bowl

11:20 a.m. - departs Bridger Bowl
11:50 a.m. - arrives/departs Gallatin County Fairgrounds

12:30 p.m. - arrives/departs Bridger Bowl
1:15 p.m. - arrives/departs Gallatin County Fairgrounds

1:55 p.m. - arrives Bridger Bowl

3:40 p.m. - departs Bridger Bowl
4:10 p.m. - arrives Gallatin County Fairgrounds

4:15 p.m. - departs Bridger Bowl
4:45 p.m. - arrives Gallatin County Fairgrounds

Approximate Operating Season

Early December to Early April

Rules and Regulations

Must have alpine, telemark or snowboard equipment with retention devices.
No dogs allowed on the mountain
No uphill travel except for designated areas during the operating season.

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