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post #1 of 9
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Some friends of mine will be out in BB in a week or so...most of them are pretty good skiers.
Any suggestions, hints for them, or is there anyone here who hangs out there?
Thnaks guys!
post #2 of 9


I am envious. A very good friend lives down the road and might be willing to meet for some runs. Bridger is small enough (and friendly enough) that you can effectively explore it on your own. Be sure to bring tranceivers -- they are mandatory on the renowned "Ridge" and the new Schlasman's chairlift, and a good idea everywhere else given this year's sketchy snowpack.

Get some "Cold Smoke" for me.
post #3 of 9
If they're real good skiers and want to have a fun time at bridger a beacon will definitly be mandatory. You can only ski the regular terrain, not the ridge or schlasmans, for a short time until its either tracked out or you are bored of it.
post #4 of 9
I could easily keep myself amused for a few days skiing the terrain at Bridger that can be accessed without a transceiver but that's because I know a lot of knucks and crannies. It is true that terrain gets skied out but not nearly as fast as it used to now that all the powder hounds are on Schlausmans.

To get full enjoyment out of Bridger a transceiver is a must. You can rent transceivers at Panda Sports (406-587-6280) for $15 a day and they will work out a weekly rate (though if you're going to rent for the week you might as well buy one.)
post #5 of 9
Some last thoughts -- a beacon itself is useless without avy training, shovel, probe, and a partner. Local knowledge of the snowpack doesn't hurt of course.
post #6 of 9
Wait at the patrol hut at the bottom of the boot pack and team up with some locals (that have been verified by the patrol). Small enough place that everyone knows everyone (in a good way). They should be pretty willing to share some 'local' knowledge.

I teamed up with someone last season and we had a good couple of chutes together. Very mellow about helping the 'new' guy.

Avalanche gear means trannie, probe and shovel as a bare minimum and they will stop you if it looks like you are not carrying the right gear.

Enjoy as it is something quite special.
post #7 of 9
For sure they should rent a beacon if they are up for skiing the ridge or Schlasmans. We have new policies in place now, we still require a beacon but no longer require a shovel and partner to ski the ridge or the new lift served schlasmans terrain. Personally I still ski with a shovel and partner. They might want to consider a guided tour of the schalasmans terrain, cost is just 140 for three hours (beacons, pack and shovel provided) with each additinal person costing 40. You can get six or more runs (1700 vertical) in easily in three hours and you will finish understanding the basic lay of the land, boudaries, important landmarks and maybe most important of all, where you can get cliffed out. Nothing is marked out in schalasmans or off the ridge.

Like Rio said, there is a lot of very interesting terrain "inbounds" at Bridger that will challenge the best skiers if you don't have beacons. Tell them to have fun and be carefull out there.
post #8 of 9
The other big change is you can ski the Ridge & Schlashmans without a partner. Of all the safety measures for skiing Bridger a partner is the most important. There are many areas inbounds, like the High Traverse or the tree skiing off Pierres and Alpine, that I would never recommend skiing without a partner. With the addition of Schashmans, Bridger Bowl now has 2000 acres. There are many places you could get hurt and nobody would find you for days.

Personally, I don't ski the Ridge without full avalanche gear. I do occasionally ski Schlashmans with just a transceiver but only if it hasn't snowed for a while and the snows well set.
post #9 of 9
Bridger Bowl Rentals, in the old lodge, rent out avalanche gear. For $20 a day you get a good Lifelink pack, a shovel and a transceiver. You need to have lots of credit available on your credit card, though, because they basically sell you the gear when you check it out then refund all but $20 when you return it.

Taking the tour RicB mentioned would definitely be worth it for someone spending a week here. I have skied Schlashman's 7 days now and have barely touched the terrain. Other skiers I talk to are also commenting on the huge learning curve. Having someone that really knows their way around would be a huge advantage for your friends since they don't have the time to do lots of exploration. I would recommend two to three of them take the tour since there is too much for one person to remember all by themselves.
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