I am planning to go to Big Sky last week of Feb-beginning of March and can't decide where to stay. I found one place, Bucks T 4 lodge, right near the junction between rtes 191 and 64. It is about 8 miles. It is significantly cheaper than staying at the base and Trip Advisor reviews are good. My question is how often is his road gets closed after snowfall. How long does it take to clear it up and how long does it take to get to the parking lot. Is it easy to park and how much it costs. It is first time for me in Montana in winter. I also wanted to try Bridger Bowl and having a car and staying closer to Boszeman would be an advantage.
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Yes if you are flying to MT to ski Big Sky you MUST set aside a day or two for Bridger Bowl. I think it would be better to plan on doing Bridger from Bozeman, either before you drive to or after you are done at Big Sky. Buck's is all they say, great breakfast, nice wine cellar and good western menu. Check to see if lift tickets are included with the room. I don't remember exactly , maybe a 20 minute drive to the resort. The parking situation at Big Sky is not so bad but be prepared to ride a shuttle.
I have never heard of the road from Buck T to Big Sky being closed. Sometimes the road from Buck T to Bozeman is closed but that is usually due to an accident, rarely due to snowfall. Most people that come here usually lodge a day or two in Bozeman at the beginning or end of their trip & ski Bridger. It will save you some money and give you a better selection of restaurants to try.
Good advice all. I stayed at Buck's last year. Get the ticket-included deal; it's a DEAL! Do Bridger either before or after Big Sky; it's not close to Buck's.
I liked Buck's just fine and it is much cheaper than on the mountain. I can't imagine the road to Big Sky ever being closed; it's flat and wide and essentially at the same elevation as the base most of the way. If it IS closed, they've probably shut the lifts down too.
Edited by tch - 10/15/13 at 7:09pm
Thank you guys for very helpful advice. Bought first and last nights stay in Bozeman, and four nights at Bucks lodge with stay and ski package. Much cheaper than staying on the slopes in BS. Also, really wanted to ski BB which looks like an awesome place.
And I should mention that not all the white is groomed.
Edited by sibhusky - 10/19/13 at 8:37am
You will not regret a day at Bridger. Plenty of fun for all levels of intermediates and advanced skiers. The vibe is well worth the drive if you are staying at Big Sky. There are lots of reasons that the Big Sky Gathering started out with a day or two at Bridger. There was a few driving travelers who only went to ski Bridger.
The old red double, Alpine, was replaced with two triples this summer.
Adding a private lesson at Bridger when I'm going to Big Sky is a major bonus for being in that part of MT. Can choose between 90 min and 3 hours. More than one Level 3 instructor, including @RicB . You do not need long groomers to work on technique for steeps or powder or trees.
I would encourage anyone flying in to ski Big Sky to come spend some time at Bridger. We have excellent and interesting terrain which will leave you wanting to spend more time. For the record Bridger lift serves 1550 vert., Pierre's Knob lift is 1340 vert. Both serve a lot of fun challenging off groom terrain. For those wanting something more bring a beacon, rent one, or sign up for a ridge tour and you will not be dissapointed. It would be my pleasure to guide anyone around or help them be a more effective skier on our mountain. Schlassmans lift is 1750 vert. of challenging steeps, bowls and chutes. Our two new lifts serve primarily green and blue terrain, including some nice lower angle powder glades. You can get some great deals by booking a hotel in town with an included lift pass.
For anyone headed our way please shoot me a message and I will be happy to give some more specific advice on things. Rio is a great source too as is Nolo. If you are needing a ski shop in Bozeman for demo gear my advice is PHD Skis on west Main.
I second that.
Rio, ricb, nolo........to name a few.
I really enjoy Bucks T-4 and so does the family. It has a good restaurant right on site and its not expensive. Part of my deal was room price includes lift tickets, but idk if thats always the deal. Rooms are clean and seemingly luxurious for the price.
Bridger is one of those places where gpaulski should consider taking a lesson, particularly with the first hand recommendations here. The yellow part of that map is very flat, the pink part is far beyond gpaulski's capability and as noted above not that much of the white part is groomed. So while Bridger's attributes have been described well and I agree with those, it is not a good place for "long steep groomers" by the standards of most western ski areas.
Bridger, AND a meet with all those mentioned, is looking closer to reality every day, we are stoked!!!
AND Lessons, yes Lessons, first in SLC (mainly to choose correct skis, finally), then Bridger for POWDER and more.
Thinking 1 hour in Brighton or Solitude, and 3 hour at BB.
All of the lessons should be ~3 hours/half day. And the others should be at Jackson, Alta and Snowbird for consensus high quality of instruction.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 10/20/13 at 2:47pm
There are good instructors to be found at Brighton and elsewhere in Utah besides Alta and Snowbird. Cost of private lessons is a factor for most people. I know it is for me even though it's not a deal breaker. That's why I got recommendations for instructors at Bridger and not Big Sky for my first ski vacation to MT. For only one person, I'd be inclined to look for someone at Grand Targhee instead of Jackson Hole.
Note that since JH charges the same for 1-5 people, it's a great deal for 3+ friends. That's what I and a couple ski buddies are doing for our first time at JH in Jan.
I was presuming group lessons at Alta/Snowbird and Jackson. At an intermediate or higher level I suspect the degree of personal attention would be fine. It certainly was for my advanced son at ages 10-15. I know privates can be crazy expensive, and if there's good value at Bridger along with a specific personal recommendation, by all means gpaulski should investigate that.
Ski week at Taos is probably one of the best deals considering how cheap it is and the quality of instruction. In combination with Taos card it is a steal. Imostly prefer to ski differen areas every year. Revy, Kicking Horse and Lake Loise, Bridger Bowl with Big Sky, plus Smuggs this year. But I still go to Taos nearly every year, because it is uch a magical place and the ski school is one of the best and definitely the cheapest out their. You can learn to ski steeps (groomers and off-piste), moguls and trees. Will be going there this year in February.It is one of the main downsides is the conditiones are reliably good mainly in February.
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