Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork
Will be skiing Big Sky and Bridger Bowl Xmas week.
Post ACL surgery my wife has become a more timid intermediate skier. With the hope of keeping her skiing more than two days, how should I break up our days of skiing? She now prefers long intermediate cruisers, though I know she can handle more. Prefers scenery to challenge. She'll also enjoy a day in a spa as much if not more than a day on the slopes.
With that being said, should I have her ski more at BS or BB? We'll be taking off for non skiing activities in both places anyway, but will probably end up skiing more days at BS.
Me and my son will have fun at either place, so not too concerned about that.
Book a private with @RicB or any one of the other Level 3 instructors at Bridger early in the ski vacation. Scenery is great in either place.
My first trip to Bridger and Big Sky was for a Diva Week. A friend took advantage of the gathering to take her first trip out west. Opted to go solo since it wasn't a school holiday week. She was at best an advanced beginner who was adventurous enough to want to become a better skier as an adult but definitely on the timid side still. She loved Bridger. So did a couple intermediate Divas who attended the EpicSki Gathering last season. Both of these Divas got a lot out of a private lesson at Bridger.
I'm a successful coper missing an ACL. So I can understand how your wife feels about skiing. Is she willing to do a bit of pre-season trainer directly related to ACL-injury prevention? In particular, working on improving balance and proprioception, as well as core strength.
To answer your original question, for 5 days my recommendation would be to start with Bridger, stay at Big Sky for Day 2, plan Day 3 as a non-skiiing day, then decide where to ski for Days 4-5. That way you get feel for Bridger and Big Sky early on and can plan the rest of the vacation based on first hand knowledge. The free Mountain Host tour at Big Sky is a must. All on groomed blues, but includes lots of info about where the advanced/experts go and how to get there and back, including how to get over and back from Moonlight Basin. I think your wife may like Moonlight more than Adesite. Views are better off Lone Peak.