As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, many people will flock to nearby ski resorts to enjoy the weather and other aspects of snowsports. For Alecia Jongeward, a Park High science teacher, the best part of skiing is “being outside and up in the mountains.” Jongeward is an active skier on her days off and enjoys powder days. This winter she has planned a trip to Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Wyoming. Park High junior Cole Vondra, who enjoys “chilling with the bros” while he skis is also looking forward to hitting the slopes.
Bridger Bowl’s projected opening day is December 8, though they will be open on some weekends prior to that date. Bridger made some changes over the summer, the largest being a new seven acre beginner area on the south side of Saddle Peak Lodge. The Snowflake lift has been moved to be accessible from the beginner area which creates more space in front of Saddle Peak Lodge. On top of that, Bridger has replaced the Virginia City chairlift with a new triple chair chairlift. According to Bridger Bowl, this will give a 27% increase in lift capacity out of the base area.
However, these changes won’t really affect the more advanced crowd. According to Vondra, “the changes are pretty dope and will make it more convenient to reach the higher parts of the mountain.”
The Big Sky Ski Resort opened on November 23. The four mountain, nearly 6,000 acre area looks to have another great year of skiing and snowboarding for tourists and Montanans alike.