Bridger Bowl Ski Area
- Employment: Bridger Bowl Job Listings
- Population: Bozeman 37,500
- Road Conditions
- Snow Report
- Annual Snowfall: 350″
- Ski Season: December-April
- Chamber of Commerce
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $500 ($600 to $800 for 2 bedroom)
- Lift Ticket Prices
- Local Newspapers: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley and surrounded by three national forests, Bridger Bowl is as beautiful as it is fun to ski. Because of its non-profit status the ski area is able to keep its lift ticket prices down. Bozeman was recently ranked one of America’s ten most liveable ski towns by Ski magazine, and it shows. Montana State University, Yellowstone National Park, and the chance to ski the mountain’s annual 350 inches of powder are just a few reasons to head to Bridger Bowl. This is the kind of place where ski bums come to spend a winter and end up staying a decade.
Not quite a destination resort, Bridger Bowl is primarily a place for day skiers who make the quick drive from Bozeman. Five lifts access 1,200 of ski terrain and a 2,000-foot vertical drop. The area is evenly divided among beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails, with 10 percent left over for experts. Snowboarding is allowed on the mountain, but there is no separate half-pipe or park. Bridger Bowl does not offer cross-country skiing, but those who prefer the skinny way of life will find a cross-country center with thirty kilometers of groomed trails just a mile and a half down the road.
Though Bridger Bowl is closed in summer, visitors to the area will find plenty to do. Just ninety miles from Yellowstone, the vicinity of Bozeman sees tourists from all over the country and is an ideal base camp for hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing.
Bozeman is surprisingly active and diverse, considering its rural Montana location. There are plenty of great restaurants and bookstores in town. Some of the top places to eat and drink include Spanish Peaks Brewery, Little John’s, the Cat’s Paw, and John B’s Bistro.
Bridger Bowl is just sixteen miles from Bozeman, so most skiers make the quick drive up on Highway 86. Those arriving from out of town will want to fly into Bozeman’s airport, where rental cars can be arranged. Employees need to have reliable transportation.
You’ll need luck finding affordable housing in Bozeman. Because of the influx of college students each fall, apartments can be hard to come by. Seasonal employees are better off looking for a shared housing situation. Be sure to start your job search early; if you can arrive in town before the college students you’ll be better off.
Bridger Bowl hires about 185 seasonal employees each winter. Those that are looking for a job off the mountain have a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from in Bozeman, but wages tend to have trouble keeping up with the cost of living.