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Bridger Bowl Resort Reviews

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Bridger Bowl Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Bridger Bowl Ski Resort

  • June 07, 2012
    from United States

    Okay, Bridger Bowl rocks (20+ years skiing here). But I want to point out the inaccuracy of the bottom elevation listed in the information. If you are at 1499ft, you are underground. Also, the closest airport is Gallatin Field in Bozeman/Belgrade-not Helena as the info states. Fly into Bozeman and shred the pow.

  • Bridger Bowl Ratings

    Overall: 4.2. Based on 3 votes and 6 reviews. Vote

    Access: 5.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Bridger Bowl.

    Public Transport: 4.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Bridger Bowl, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 5.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 2.7

    (1) No places to stay in/near Bridger Bowl, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 2.7

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Bridger Bowl.

    Ski in/Ski out: 2.3

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 4.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Bridger Bowl, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.7

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Bridger Bowl is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.0

    (1) Bridger Bowl relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.7

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Bridger Bowl, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Bridger Bowl are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.7

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Bridger Bowl is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 4.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Bridger Bowl, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 5.0

    (1) Bridger Bowl usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Bridger Bowl are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Bridger Bowl are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 5.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.3

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 5.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.7

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Bridger Bowl has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 3.7

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.7

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Bridger Bowl, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 5.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.7

    (1) Not even a kicker at Bridger Bowl, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 5.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 3.7

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Bridger Bowl, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.7

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Bridger Bowl has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.7

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.7

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 4.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 3.3

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.3

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.7

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 5.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Bridger Bowl is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Bridger Bowl is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • February 15, 2009
    from United States

    Community owned and located a half hour from downtown Bozeman, Montana; Bridger Bowl is a Rocky Mountain Classic. Bridger is characterized by a devoted core of locals, cold smoke Montana powder and terrain rich with granite features, hidden stashes, steep trees and lots of nooks and crannies. 2009 marks a historic year for Bridger Bowl with the first lift served expansion in 30 years. The Schlasman chairlift opens a new world of terrain opportunities.

    In addition to the new lift all the boundaries at Bridger opened up. Bridger Bowl used to be the little mountain that skied big. Now with the Schlasman lift and the open boundaries Bridger just got huge. Bridger Bowl is excellent at promoting avalanche awareness, safety and research and has one of the most respected ski patrols. Bridger’s lift tickets and season passes are a great value and it lacks the ritzy on-hill development that can sap the soul out of an area.

  • January 14, 2009
    from United States

    It is a whole new ball game at Bridger Bowl. The Schlashman lift and open boundaries just changed the game at Bridger. The first new lift in the Bridger range in 30 years. Bridger was always the little mountain that skied big, not anymore, this mountain is large. The best expansion in South West Montana since Moonlight Basin.

  • December 08, 2008
    from United States

    Bridger Bowl is a very fun hill that has a lot to offer those of any ability: lower mountain and Alpine lift well suited for beginners, mid-mountain and most lifts will keep intermediates happy, while upper PK and Bridger lifts and their corresponding hikes up the ridge will give rippers 'permagrin'.
    When the cold smoke comes, Bridger Bowl goes off but can get tracked up pretty quick as there is a large and hardcore local scene here. Speaking of which, the local scene is great as attitudes are positive and mellow with lots of snow stoke regardless of stick persuasion.
    One downside to Bridger Bowl for snowboarders is the amount of traversing/side-hilling required to get to some of the sick or powder stash areas off of Bridger lift and PK lift, but there's nothing one can do about it but deal with it.
    PowderHound package is the best deal out there, pretty tough to pass up 4 days/nights for ~$200 with freeway access to Bozeman.

  • October 11, 2008
    from United States

    Sick and ill. And might I add that it is righteous as well.