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“A throwback to the "good old days"”
Review of Bridger Bowl

Bridger Bowl
Ranked #6 of 63 things to do in Bozeman
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Bozeman, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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“A throwback to the "good old days"”
Reviewed 31 December 2012

Writing a review for Bridger Bowl is difficult for me. After all, I'm a local and I go there. So really, I don't want to see it get any more crowded. But you just can't keep secrets these days.

To me, Bridger is like a throwback to the "good old days," in that the place just seems down home and old-fashioned, which appeals to lots of folks. Of course, some of the "good old days" includes riding on "old-timey" lifts that take a long time to get up on the mountain. The Powder Park, Virginia City and Pierre's Knob lifts are all very slow.

Here are my main recommendations for having a great time at Bridger: 1) If possible, don't go on the weekend. If you do then be sure to get there early since the parking lots fill up and you can expect to spend 15-25 minutes just unloading your gear, driving way down to find a parking place, then walking all the way back up to the lodge. You will also find annoying lift lines at the base at the Powder Park lift. 2) Don't go on a rather cold day. This is because the lifts are so slow and you will freeze sitting on them while you crawl up the mountain. Also, when it is busy, the lifts frequently stop and it seems to take a while to start back up. Not fun when it is 10 degrees and the wind is blowing (as it was yesterday while I was there). 3) Don't expect any deals if you have kids in the junior age range. I took my grand daughter who is 13 and had to pay full price. 4) Don't expect any deals if you are a "senior." Bridger doesn't give you a break until you are 70 years old. Most resorts I'm familiar with start the discount at around 65.

If you go to Bridger after some fresh powder it is fantastic. If you go on a weekday when it is not too terribly cold, you will have a great time. The base lodge and mid-mountain lodge are nice to duck into to warm up and get a good meal. Recommendation: it is MUCH easier to find a chair and table at the mid-mountain lodge than at the base on a weekend.

Have fun!

Visited December 2012
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St Paul, MN
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great community skiing area”
Reviewed 24 December 2012

We visit from Minnesota and love skiing at Bridger Bowl. Variety of skiing types and difficulty for the family. Moderately priced and clean lodges. Staff are helpful with great ski instructors!

Visited June 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Great place!”
Reviewed 17 December 2012 via mobile

Great value! Ticket prices are reasonable, food and rental options are great, and just 16 miles from Bozeman. Highly recommend this beautiful ski area!

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missoula, mt
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Nice wedding venue”
Reviewed 4 December 2012

Attended son's wedding in July 2012, held at the mid-hill lodge. Easily accessible facility big enough for several hundred at least. Tables, chairs, etc included in the rental fee so you don't have to rent and haul them. Catering also did a great job. A most "Montana" place that our out-of-state guests enjoyed. Only caution: warn your guests to bring flat soled shoes to wear if the ceremony is held out on the deck, which is made of grating (so that snow will fall through during ski season). The grating eats high heels!

Visited July 2012
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Bozeman, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Overlooked but Outstanding”
Reviewed 27 September 2012

We have had mid-week season passes to BB for the past several years. When we first arrived in Bozeman, I thought, well, we might ski here occasionally. But skiing one or two days a week all season really improved our skiing. The treed routes (they are not official runs) are what MAKE the mountain for us. And of course, there is always the Ridge to move up too, once you get good enough.

Visited March 2012
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