Bridger Bowl's big crowds prompt future changes


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bridger Bowl is more than 30 inches deep in fresh snow that has fallen over the last few days. All that snow has drawn season record numbers to the mountain.

Noah Strenberg is a ski instructor and saw the mountain fill this weekend. "There was line from the beginning of the canyon out by the 'M' Trail'. You were driving 5 to 10 miles per hour tops," he said.

Snow isn't the only thing that people can expect at Bridger Bowl. Managers there are looking at making improvements over the next few years.

To keep up with growth Bridger's marketing director tells us a new beginners area will be constructed by the end of this year. One of the old double chairlifts is set to be replaced by a triple chairlift. Construction of a new lodge is will also be seen in the coming years.

"It's a never ending thing. You have to keep your facilities, your lodges, your lifts all up to the standards that people expect. We try to budget for that," said Doug Wales, the marketing director.

He expects Bridger to spend several million on improvements over the next 10 years. He says upgrades will be ongoing and they'll continue to update their master plan as future needs arise.