Bridger bowl Ski Like a Local

Best time to visit: Monday through Friday


    • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the busiest airport in Montana, with multiple airlines and 17 nonstop flights to and from major cities across the U.S. (Rent a car at the airport, or, if you’re skiing on the weekend, get to the mountain via the free Park N’ Ride bus.)
    • Check into a hotel in Bozeman’s bustling downtown, which gets you in walking distance to local eateries, coffee shops, breweries, distilleries and shopping.
    • Enjoy locally-crafted beer and spirits from one of Bozeman’s renowned breweries or distilleries, or strike up a conversation with the locals about Bridger’s best ski runs at one of the city’s famous watering holes.
    • Locally-owned restaurants serving up everything from farm-to-table fine dining to burgers and beer can be found within a short walk of downtown, and Bozeman’s culinary scene is top-notch. A bison pepperoni pizza named Zagat’s Best Pizza in Montana? Right here in Bozeman, naturally.
    • Cap off the night with live music; in Bozeman, you can find a show pretty much any night of the week.


    • In a spot where winter adventurers know a hearty breakfast is key, you won’t have trouble finding just that in downtown Bozeman. And good coffee, too. Or, snag a breakfast burrito at the Jim Bridger Lodge.
    • Enjoy 2,000 acres of accessible terrain with an average of 350 inches of “cold smoke” per year. Cruise some of 75 named trails varying in level from beginner to expert. If you’re a novice on the slopes, Snowsports will get you going with lessons and equipment rentals.
      • Grab lunch at Jim Bridger Lodge.
      • Whatever mood you’re in after carving turns all day, there’s something to satisfy it—and any dietary preferences and restrictions—in Bozeman. Our chefs are pretty darn accommodating.
      • Your first day on the slopes plus a satisfying meal means it’s time to sit back and relax in the soothing mineral waters of a natural hot spring. Kind of a no-brainer. 

    DAY 3

      • Find a new breakfast nook—that is, if your hotel doesn’t boast one of the best breakfasts in town. Depending on where you’re staying, it just might.
      • Take the Sunnyside Lift to two terrain parks, including the upper and lower Sunnyside runs. Then, catch a break at the Snowflake Warming Hut, before heading back out for more powder. If you’re an expert, hike to the Ridge for steep chutes, rock cliffs, and open powder fields.
        • Grab lunch again at Jim Bridger Lodge.
        • The nightlife in Bozeman ranges from beloved small-town dive bars to upscale restaurants, and we cannot count the breweries on one hand. Bozeman offers some of the best fare in the whole state. It’s your last night in town…make it extra special by checking out one of the town’s local hangouts, or find yourself a big, mouthwatering, locally-raised steak. Either way, a toast is in order.

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Big Sky Resort Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky is known as “the little town that’s next to everything,” and couldn’t be more quintessential ski town if it tried. With 5,800 acres of terrain and 4,350 feet of vertical served by more than 30 lifts, runs up to 6 miles long, a 2,000 vertical foot, powder-filled bowl beneath Lone Mountain, challenging chutes and views of three states, two national parks and numerous mountain ranges, skiing Big Sky isn’t just big, it’s huge.

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Bridger Bowl Bozeman, Montana

Just 16 miles from the exquisitely hip college town of Bozeman, Bridger offers 2,000 acres spanning 2,600 vertical feet, plus sought-after alpine ridge terrain, light dry powder, and the steep chutes craved by experts. Not to mention it was recently named one of the “world’s top 25 ski towns” by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Bridger is a true Montana gem—a big mountain experience with a friendly, local vibe, where you can enjoy some of the best skiing in the Rockies for a fraction of the price.

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Red Lodge Mountain Red Lodge, Montana

Dubbed the “Coolest ski town you’ve never heard of” idyllic Red Lodge takes you back to skiing pure and simple. This family-friendly mountain boasts a laid-back attitude and affordability, where you can bask in big mountain fun without big mountain crowds, prices or lift lines. Snowpack is king at Red Lodge, offering 1,600+ acres and 2,400 vertical feet, and the town itself will leave you smitten.

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