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Bridger, Big Sky or GT

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I'm planning to take my 14 year old nephew skiing. He likes a mix of fast groomers and black diamond (not double black) runs. We went to GT last year and had a great time, so I'm tempted to go back there, but interested in Bridger or Big Sky. I've spent one day at Bridger several years ago and primarily stuck to the ridge. Is there some advanced terrain other than the ridge for us to enjoy there? I assume Big Sky will offer plenty for us, but is it worth the extra drive and money? Thanks.
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I'm planning to take my 14 year old nephew skiing. He likes a mix of fast groomers and black diamond (not double black) runs. We went to GT last year and had a great time, so I'm tempted to go back there, but interested in Bridger or Big Sky. I've spent one day at Bridger several years ago and primarily stuck to the ridge. Is there some advanced terrain other than the ridge for us to enjoy there? I assume Big Sky will offer plenty for us, but is it worth the extra drive and money? Thanks.

How many days of skiing can you do in MT?  Where else has your nephew skied?  There is certainly advanced terrain at Bridger besides the ridge.  I've done a couple trips that included a day or two at Bridger before a week at Big Sky.  Took advantage of the lower cost of private lessons at Bridger, which really made me ready for Big Sky.  Last season my friends and I stayed at a condo in Big Sky for the EpicSki Gathering and did day trips to Bridger.

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That sounds great. I really enjoyed Bridger the one day I skied there several years ago, probably time I went back. We only have one day btw. Thanks for your reply.
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That sounds great. I really enjoyed Bridger the one day I skied there several years ago, probably time I went back. We only have one day btw. Thanks for your reply.

Perhaps you could get some suggestions from @Rio or @RicB about where to take your nephew.  They are long-time locals at Bridger.

 

Have fun!

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I was just out at Big Sky with my family and we loved it.  We spent three days on the mountain and didn't cover half of the runs they have there. I have a 9 and 6 year old so we spent most of our time on the blues and greens but felt the terrain was plenty challenging.   I think some of those blues were steeper and harder than a lot of the black diamonds I ski at home.  Big Sky has a lot to offer terrain wise for all skill levels.

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I was just out at Big Sky with my family and we loved it.  We spent three days on the mountain and didn't cover half of the runs they have there. I have a 9 and 6 year old so we spent most of our time on the blues and greens but felt the terrain was plenty challenging.   I think some of those blues were steeper and harder than a lot of the black diamonds I ski at home.  Big Sky has a lot to offer terrain wise for all skill levels.

Pretty much any big mountain out west is going to be "harder" than places in the midwest or Mid-Atlantic.  Trail ratings are only meant to indicate which are the easiest, harder, hardest runs at a given ski area.  Essentially all black runs in the southeast are easier than most blues in the Rockies, and of course much, much shorter.

 

Did you go over to Moonlight Basin at all?

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I ended up going to Bridger and we had a great time! There was plenty of interesting terrain other than the ridge. I will definitely go back. Now I just need to check out Big Sky.
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I ended up going to Bridger and we had a great time! There was plenty of interesting terrain other than the ridge. I will definitely go back. Now I just need to check out Big Sky.

Thanks for the update!  Any pics?

 

For Big Sky, better to go when you have at least three days.  Definitely want to have at least one day when the tram to the top of Lone Peak is open.  Andesite Mtn can take a day to explore thoroughly by itself if you like trees and that's the small mountain at Big Sky.

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We didn't go over to Moonlight.  The people we asked about it said it was a hike to get over to and we didn't want to get over there and find out it was going to be too hard for the kids to ski.  From looking at the trail map it looks like all blue runs.  We are already talking about going back next year so we will have a better idea on how to spend our time.  We never made it into Spanish Peaks or one side of Andesite.  Three days wasn't enough for us to explore, I think next time we will come for a week.

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We didn't go over to Moonlight.  The people we asked about it said it was a hike to get over to and we didn't want to get over there and find out it was going to be too hard for the kids to ski.  From looking at the trail map it looks like all blue runs.  We are already talking about going back next year so we will have a better idea on how to spend our time.  We never made it into Spanish Peaks or one side of Andesite.  Three days wasn't enough for us to explore, I think next time we will come for a week.


Just got back from Big Sky too. Definitely need more than 3 days to see everything.  We headed up to Bridger after 3 days of skiing Big Sky since we had free lodging there.  Maybe next time we'll spend the full week at BS.

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We didn't go over to Moonlight.  The people we asked about it said it was a hike to get over to and we didn't want to get over there and find out it was going to be too hard for the kids to ski.  From looking at the trail map it looks like all blue runs.  We are already talking about going back next year so we will have a better idea on how to spend our time.  We never made it into Spanish Peaks or one side of Andesite.  Three days wasn't enough for us to explore, I think next time we will come for a week.

Did you do the free Mountain Host tour?  That's how I learned a lot about where to go for various ability levels during my first trip to Big Sky a few years ago.  All on green or blue groomed runs, depending on the group.  The Host stops and talks about areas that are nearby.  Also learned how to ski back to the Big Sky base.  Pretty much cat track so someone comfortable on easy blues at Big Sky can do it.

 

If the kids were doing blue runs at Big Sky, they would enjoy Moonlight.  But no loss to stay at Big Sky with all it has to offer.

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Big Sky

 

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Some photos I took a few years ago.  Loved Big Sky - Great snow -  no crowds - Great Bears

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