Originally Posted by sibhusky
Bridger is great if you like bumps OR if you like climbing up to chutes. Some nice cruising.
Big Sky has an amazing number of rocks in the trails every time I've gone. (They seem to roll down the hill onto all the cat tracks and you come up on them as you round corners. I was pretty darn irritated by this by the time I left last winter.) The place is HUGE and adding Moonlight Basin will make it even more intimidating. Definitely NOT a place to devote only one day to.
Big Mountain is Big Foggy, of course. If you get there a few days before having fog you will be a bit happier than if you get it the first day. Much of the mountain is great cruising, but most of the fun is off-piste and maybe out of bounds. Stay away during Christmas and President's Day. Otherwise, no real crowds except for days when it's fresh powder. The Saturday after a Friday of fresh snow is especially crowded, but stay around for Sunday when everyone is in church and there will still be lots of powder to find.
I've heard about the rocks at Big Sky from a ski patroler from there who was visiting Snowbowl, but that was fairly early in the season, and I thought it was due to inadequate coverage, maybe not. It's pretty spendy for my budget anyway. I've also heard much about the Big Mountain fog, but also that it was well worth the adventure. It's the closest of the three, so it's the most likely. I only ski weekdays due to long weekend work shifts, are the crowds slim then?
Bridger was the favorite of a former client of mine before he bashed his head on a lift pole (now he only skis in the Eagle Mount adaptive ski program in a "bi-ski" chair , God bless the volunteers who make this program possible). I nearly went there at the end of last season when they got the big dumps (wasn't it like 80" in a week?). I love them bumps, so I may manage to pry myself away from Snowbowl to try it, unless we have a good snow year here in Missoula, in which case I'll be quite content staying put. I'll have a pass at Snowbowl, and I don't have a lot of money for traveling/tickets.
Thanks for the info.