To boldly go where Skiman has never gone…
Bridger Bowl (Bozeman, Montana)
February 20 – 25, 2019
5 nights four-star lodging with breakfast daily and lift pass
*Based on Senior ticket, adults add $54.
A Buzz… skier chatter… a rising crescendo of excitement about an out-of-the-way special place to ski. It is a place that Skiman has not skied during his 52 year ski career. Over the past few seasons, more and more people have said to Skiman: ”You have to ski this place. It is amazing.” The accolades came from strong skiers who knew what they were talking about. Skiman’s radar is always on, listening for hot leads in the ski world. Time to go check out what all the excitement is about.
Time to ski Bridger Bowl, Montana.
We have limited space for this tour. It is advisable to deposit by the end of November or sooner.
Located a short 16 mile drive from cool Bozeman, Montana, Bridger Bowl fulfills all the requisites on our list.
-Uncrowded, un-hyped, ski hill that offers good skiing for all levels of skiers.
-Off the beaten track.
-A resort that offers outstanding value for our skier’s dollars.
– A user-friendly welcoming town at the base to enjoy at night. Again, without the hype.
Bridger Bowl checks all the boxes on the list. What started out as a very small local hill in the 1950s has morphed. With 2,700 vertical feet, 2,000 acres, 75 trails, and 8 lifts, Bridger is now a nice-sized modern resort. But it is still run as a non-profit hill by the town of Bozeman and its mission is to provide a great ski experience for folks who love skiing . An added bonus is the town of Bozeman. We have visited Bozeman and loved it! The downtown area is flat out cool, with fun bars and
restaurants within a short walking distance from our hotel. We are a bit biased, because in many ways Bozeman reminds us of our hometown, Bend, Oregon, which we love. We are excited to experience the skiing and the town on this, our first Bridger Bowl tour ever!
Everyone knows the big dog of Montana skiing is Big Sky. We have done three tours there and it is a wonderful resort. But Bridger Bowl has some very nice aspects that make it an up-and-coming competitor. A big positive is that Bridger is close to a fun town, whereas Big Sky is out by itself with not much happening at night. And when you compare the costs of the skiing and the town, Bridger Bowl is much more affordable, which is always a big plus.
The Skiing: Bridger Bowl has terrain and runs for every level of skier. There is plenty there to keep any skier busy for 3 or 4 days. A huge bonus for experts is Ridge Terrain which presents some of the most challenging skiing and riding within any ski area boundary. Numerous steep chutes, rock cliffs, and snow fields no grooming and no marked trails are there for the expert to explore.
The steeps here are truly epic and this is one huge factor that has put Bridger on the map. As with backcountry skiing anywhere, an avalanche transceiver is required to ski here. We will be hiring a local guide for our experts for a day or two (at extra cost) so that this region of the resort can be explored safely. Non-experts, don’t worry! This is only a small part of the resort and there is plenty of other non-threatening runs for everyone. The ridge terrain is just a cherry on the cake for experts. As to snow quality, Bridger Bowl is known for its uber-dry powder that makes for skier’s dreams. February is the prime time to hit up this part of Montana, and the odds of catching some fresh powder are good.
How do you get there It is easy. Everyone flys into Bozeman, Montana airport, arriving ANY TIME on February 20. The time of your arrival on February 20 and your departure on February 25 is not that critical since the airport is only 15 minutes from our hotel. So if you cannot get a flight that meshes with the arrival of the majority of the group, it is easily fixed by just taking a cab for the short ride to Bozeman central and our hotel. This adds great flexibility when it comes to your booking air for this tour. Flying into Bozeman is a bit more expensive than flying into major airports. But the bargain price of our tour will free up some funds for you to cover the extra cost of Bozeman air. At the end of the, it will still be a fantastic value tour.
Getting air You arrange your air from your city to Bozeman. You can arrive any time on February 20 and leave any time on February 25. We will let you know the arrival times of our vehicle drivers, so you can mesh your time with them and thus catch a free ride to the hotel. Worse case: you take a 15 minute taxi ride to the hotel. CAUTION: Do NOT purchase air until we have reached our minimum number of participants for the trip to be a go. Once we have received the requisite number of deposits, we will give the go-ahead to purchase your air.
Getting to/from the ski hill each day It is a 20 minute ride each way from our hotel in Bozeman to the resort. We will provide 4×4 trucks to safely transport us each day to the skiing fun. The cost of this is not included in the package price. Once we have determined the final count of participants, we will divide the cost of the vehicles and the fuel among us. It usually comes out to about $90 per person.
Our hotel: Literally everything from soup to nuts We wanted a property that was in the heart of the downtown district so that our skiers could access the nightlife within a short walk. The Western Heritage Inn in the heart of Bozeman, Part of the Wyndham group, has all that we look for: breakfast daily, hot tub, steam room, free wifi, 24 hour coffee and tea bar, and close to the nightlife of the ski village. The Western Heritage even offers a different soup
every night as a complimentary warmup after a day on the slopes! Over 30 eating and drinking establishments are within walking distance.
3 day / 4 night trip option: Because it is a short distance to the airport, it is easy to shorten this trip by a day and night and leave or arrive a day early. If time constraints make this a better option for you, check with us for the cost differential.
*Cost and payment information $579 double occupancy* **
Single occupancy add $239
*Note: If you want a room mate, we will attempt to get one for you, but cannot guarantee this.
**Note: This price is for a room with two queen beds. If you are a couple and would prefer one king bed, add +28 per person.
Tour price Includes:
*5 nights double occupancy The Western Heritage Bozeman Hotel
Single occ. Add +$239 If you want us to try to procure a room mate for you, we are happy to try.
*Senior (70+) 3 out of 5 lift pass. Adults add $54 to package cost.
Minimum trip size surcharge If the trip has less than 20 lift-purchasing participants, a surcharge will be added to the cost of the package as per below.
Seniors 70+: $17: Adults: $38. You must be willing to accept the above possible charges at time of sign-up. We will not know the number of participants until time of final payment.
Cost of 4×4 truck rental and fuel: Not included in tour price. The cost of our trucks and fuel will be determined once the final number of participants is determined. This cost will be divided among the group and will be @ $95 per person, give or take.
Deposit: Upon signup, you must make a non-refundable deposit of $250. The sooner you sign up, the better your odds for all participants to procure affordable airfare. DO NOT buy air until we have reached our minimum number of skiers to make the trip a go. Once we have, we will notify everyone and then you can purchase air.
Please BUY TRIP INSURNCE. We are now offering a new company that has the same coverages at a reduced price. Ask us for a quote. It is inexpensive and so worth it.
Final payment is due January 31, 2019.
Payment mode: You can make payments via PayPal on our site, but there is a 3% surcharge that must be added to the payment amount to cover PayPal’s fee. The BEST way to pay is by check to us. Send to: Morningstar Ski Tours / 21080 Oriole Lane / Bend, OR 97701
Cancellation penalties: Initial deposit is non-refundable, no exceptions.. After final payment is made: All unrecoverable funds and initial deposit are forfeit, amount to be determined by Morningstar Ski Tours. Protect your trip! Buy trip insurance.