Big Sky, Bridger & Bozeman: It's Not a Matter of Why, But When?

Big Couloir (skier's right) at Big Sky is a signature line that drops 1,200 vertical feet. - ©Eric Slayman

Big Couloir (skier's right) at Big Sky is a signature line that drops 1,200 vertical feet.
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Big Couloir (skier's right) at Big Sky is a signature line that drops 1,200 vertical feet. - ©Eric Slayman
Scoot onto the Lone Peak Tram if you think you've got the stuff. - ©Eric Slayman

Scoot onto the Lone Peak Tram if you think you've got the stuff.
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Scoot onto the Lone Peak Tram if you think you've got the stuff. - ©Eric Slayman
The Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky travels 2,828 feet in a matter of minutes. - ©Eric Slayman

The Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky travels 2,828 feet in a matter of minutes.
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The Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky travels 2,828 feet in a matter of minutes. - ©Eric Slayman
Don't forget to sign the log book on top of Lone Peak. - ©Eric Slayman

Don't forget to sign the log book on top of Lone Peak.
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Don't forget to sign the log book on top of Lone Peak. - ©Eric Slayman
Happy skiers stand at 11,166 feet on top of Big Sky's Lone Peak. - ©Eric Slayman

Happy skiers stand at 11,166 feet on top of Big Sky's Lone Peak.
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Happy skiers stand at 11,166 feet on top of Big Sky's Lone Peak. - ©Eric Slayman
Getting lost in Montana via Big Sky Resort - ©Eric Slayman

Getting lost in Montana via Big Sky Resort
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Getting lost in Montana via Big Sky Resort - ©Eric Slayman
Hit up Big Sky's mid-mountain burrito shack for a morning pick-me-up. - ©Eric Slayman

Hit up Big Sky's mid-mountain burrito shack for a morning pick-me-up.
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Hit up Big Sky's mid-mountain burrito shack for a morning pick-me-up. - ©Eric Slayman
Big Sky may be known for its steep lines, but sometimes an old-fashioned groomer is all that you need. - ©Eric Slayman

Big Sky may be known for its steep lines, but sometimes an old-fashioned groomer is all that you need.
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Big Sky may be known for its steep lines, but sometimes an old-fashioned groomer is all that you need. - ©Eric Slayman
Warm up at Big Sky with a few hot laps down their many endless groomers. - ©Eric Slayman

Warm up at Big Sky with a few hot laps down their many endless groomers.
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Warm up at Big Sky with a few hot laps down their many endless groomers. - ©Eric Slayman
A good look at Big Sky's varied terrain. Hmmm, where to start?  - ©Eric Slayman

A good look at Big Sky's varied terrain. Hmmm, where to start?
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A good look at Big Sky's varied terrain. Hmmm, where to start?  - ©Eric Slayman
Big Sky Resort added multiple improvements to their terrain parks for the 2015-2016 season. - ©Eric Slayman

Big Sky Resort added multiple improvements to their terrain parks for the 2015-2016 season.
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Big Sky Resort added multiple improvements to their terrain parks for the 2015-2016 season. - ©Eric Slayman
Bridger Bowl's ridge terrain looms in the distance. Got your transceiver? - ©Eric Slayman

Bridger Bowl's ridge terrain looms in the distance. Got your transceiver?
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Bridger Bowl's ridge terrain looms in the distance. Got your transceiver? - ©Eric Slayman
The view from Bridger Bowl's mid-mountain lift makes getting back down even harder. - ©Eric Slayman

The view from Bridger Bowl's mid-mountain lift makes getting back down even harder.
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The view from Bridger Bowl's mid-mountain lift makes getting back down even harder. - ©Eric Slayman
Hop aboard one of Bridger Bowl's new conveyor lifts.  - ©Eric Slayman

Hop aboard one of Bridger Bowl's new conveyor lifts.
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Hop aboard one of Bridger Bowl's new conveyor lifts.  - ©Eric Slayman
Bridger's new Alpine Cabin was made possible by donations from community members. - ©Eric Slayman

Bridger's new Alpine Cabin was made possible by donations from community members.
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Bridger's new Alpine Cabin was made possible by donations from community members. - ©Eric Slayman
Bridger recognizes all of the donors that made their new Alpine Cabin possible. - ©Eric Slayman

Bridger recognizes all of the donors that made their new Alpine Cabin possible.
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Bridger recognizes all of the donors that made their new Alpine Cabin possible. - ©Eric Slayman
Bridger Bowl's base area begins to fill up with die hard locals. - ©Eric Slayman

Bridger Bowl's base area begins to fill up with die hard locals.
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Bridger Bowl's base area begins to fill up with die hard locals. - ©Eric Slayman
Even with its new lift improvements Bridger Bowl retains some of its original flair. - ©Eric Slayman

Even with its new lift improvements Bridger Bowl retains some of its original flair.
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Even with its new lift improvements Bridger Bowl retains some of its original flair. - ©Eric Slayman
It's hard to miss the highlighted ridge terrain when glancing at Bridger Bowl's trail map.  - ©Eric Slayman

It's hard to miss the highlighted ridge terrain when glancing at Bridger Bowl's trail map.
Copyright: Eric Slayman

It's hard to miss the highlighted ridge terrain when glancing at Bridger Bowl's trail map.  - ©Eric Slayman
Everett's 8800 is a must-do for Big Sky skiers looking for a luxury dining experience on the mountain. - ©Michel Tallichet

Everett's 8800 is a must-do for Big Sky skiers looking for a luxury dining experience on the mountain.
Copyright: Michel Tallichet

Everett's 8800 is a must-do for Big Sky skiers looking for a luxury dining experience on the mountain. - ©Michel Tallichet
Plonk mixes more than just drinks—check out their scrumptious menu and extensive wine cellar. - ©James Robles

Plonk mixes more than just drinks—check out their scrumptious menu and extensive wine cellar.
Copyright: James Robles

Plonk mixes more than just drinks—check out their scrumptious menu and extensive wine cellar. - ©James Robles
Stop by Victory Taco for a cheap, yet delicious breakfast burrito before heading to the slopes. - ©Eric Slayman

Stop by Victory Taco for a cheap, yet delicious breakfast burrito before heading to the slopes.
Copyright: Eric Slayman

Stop by Victory Taco for a cheap, yet delicious breakfast burrito before heading to the slopes. - ©Eric Slayman
The LARK hotel is a sophisticated lodging option in the heart of downtown Bozeman. - ©James Robles

The LARK hotel is a sophisticated lodging option in the heart of downtown Bozeman.
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The LARK hotel is a sophisticated lodging option in the heart of downtown Bozeman. - ©James Robles
The LARK hotel provides a unique decor with bedding fit for a king. - ©James Robles

The LARK hotel provides a unique decor with bedding fit for a king.
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The LARK hotel provides a unique decor with bedding fit for a king. - ©James Robles
Treasure State Hostel offers a downtown locations with rooms as low as 28 dollars. - ©James Robles

Treasure State Hostel offers a downtown locations with rooms as low as 28 dollars.
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Treasure State Hostel offers a downtown locations with rooms as low as 28 dollars. - ©James Robles
The Element Bozeman lobby offers a comfortable respite from a day spent on the mountain. - ©James Robles

The Element Bozeman lobby offers a comfortable respite from a day spent on the mountain.
Copyright: James Robles

The Element Bozeman lobby offers a comfortable respite from a day spent on the mountain. - ©James Robles
The Element Bozeman is an upscale lodging option complete with a saltwater pool and workout facility. - ©James Robles

The Element Bozeman is an upscale lodging option complete with a saltwater pool and workout facility.
Copyright: James Robles

The Element Bozeman is an upscale lodging option complete with a saltwater pool and workout facility. - ©James Robles
The Emerson Grill delivers an atmosphere like no other, offering a variety of wines and local microbrews. - ©James Robles

The Emerson Grill delivers an atmosphere like no other, offering a variety of wines and local microbrews.
Copyright: James Robles

The Emerson Grill delivers an atmosphere like no other, offering a variety of wines and local microbrews. - ©James Robles
Calamari cooked Emerson Grill style. - ©James Robles

Calamari cooked Emerson Grill style.
Copyright: James Robles

Calamari cooked Emerson Grill style. - ©James Robles
Red Snapper served right at The Emerson Grill. - ©James Robles

Red Snapper served right at The Emerson Grill.
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Red Snapper served right at The Emerson Grill. - ©James Robles
Bozeman Brewing Company's Bozone Select Amber Ale. - ©James Robles

Bozeman Brewing Company's Bozone Select Amber Ale.
Copyright: James Robles

Bozeman Brewing Company's Bozone Select Amber Ale. - ©James Robles
The Filling Station, aka

The Filling Station, aka "The Filler" brings down the house nightly with live music.
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The Filling Station, aka
The Filling Station is an easy choice for après with attractive specials like this one.  - ©James Robles

The Filling Station is an easy choice for après with attractive specials like this one.
Copyright: James Robles

The Filling Station is an easy choice for après with attractive specials like this one.  - ©James Robles
Bacchus provides excellent pub-fare, live music and a variety of cocktails and draft beers.  - ©James Robles

Bacchus provides excellent pub-fare, live music and a variety of cocktails and draft beers.
Copyright: James Robles

Bacchus provides excellent pub-fare, live music and a variety of cocktails and draft beers.  - ©James Robles
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), located just 10 miles from downtown.  - ©Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), located just 10 miles from downtown.
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Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), located just 10 miles from downtown.  - ©Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport offers non-stop service from 14 destinations. - ©Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport offers non-stop service from 14 destinations.
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Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport offers non-stop service from 14 destinations. - ©Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport
Hang by the fire if all that cold smoke has delayed your flight. - ©Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport

Hang by the fire if all that cold smoke has delayed your flight.
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Hang by the fire if all that cold smoke has delayed your flight. - ©Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport

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