A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing At Bridger Bowl

Bridger Bowl is Bozeman locals’ favorite skier’s paradise. Close to town, unpretentious, relatively affordable, and offering just as many incredible views and amazing runs as its more expensive (ahem) counterpart, Bridger is a fantastic place for any passionate skier to spend an entire season. If you’re learning to ski or still at a beginner level, it’s also a great place to get your “snow legs” under you. Bridger offers 16 green runs and plenty of terrain for learners, 8700 feet of elevation, friendly cohorts and teachers, and much more.

Getting Started on Skis

No matter your age, it’s never too late to learn how to ski. In fact, skiing (Nordic skiing in particular) is a sport you can do well into your later years. If you’re truly brand new to downhill skiing, taking private or group lessons will be extremely helpful; both are easily accessible at Bridger. Group lessons are offered daily at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and are appropriate for both beginner and intermediate kids and adults. Private lessons for individuals or small groups are also available.



Day One: Snowflake Lift

At the base of the mountain, you’ll find almost flat terrain for kids and absolute beginners to begin getting comfortable on skis. This area has two “magic carpets,” which are kind of like conveyor belts that will take you to the top of the bunny hill, plus a short “snowflake” ski lift that will allow you to get the feel of being on a lift before you try a bigger one. Warm up with a hot chocolate in the Jim Bridger Lodge and get ready for the next phase of your adventure!



Day Two: Virginia City Lift

When you’re feeling ready for an easy challenge, venture up the Virginia City lift to check out Coyote Flats, Moose Meadows, and Sunnyside. These smooth and not-too-steep runs will help you get a feel for longer runs and practice the basics.




Day Three: Alpine Lift

When you can confidently stop and are starting to enjoy yourself, the Alpine Lift is where you want to go. Don’t worry; these runs are still green, but they’re longer and higher up the mountain, and you’ll get to start feeling like a real skier. These runs are easy, breezy and fun: wide, smooth, not too steep and not too flat. In fact, they’re going to be just as nice for intermediate skiers as beginners, so grab your friends and get ready to start playing on the mountain like the true skier you are becoming. 



So now you know: you don’t have to be an experienced skier to experience epic skiing in Bozeman, Montana. Are you ready to plan an incredible ski getaway that starts in a five-star mountain town? Find out how at Visitbozeman.com.



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