Snowfall, terrain, price atmosphere
size, avalanche tranciever needed to hike the ridge, terrain park
Bridger Bowl is the quintisential gem in the rough. This is definately a local hill, and it caters to people who love to go big and have fun but could definately pass on the leather couches and 5 martini lunches in some five star restaurant. Bridger has absolutely fantastic advanced terrain and great expert terrain for those who would be willing to hike the ridge. The only problem is that they require you to have an avalanche transciever, even though it's only about 500' from the top of the lift to the top of the ridge. You can rent one, but I was cheap. I should have splurged because the pickings up there looked pretty darn good. However, you will find no shortage of lift served challenges here. The only major downside to this place other than its lack of ammenities (for those who need em), is the terrain park, which is next to nonesistant. However, since the whole mountain is essentially a huge terrain park, you won't necessarilly be wanting for air. Go jump off some rocks, because there are plenty with nice pillowy soft powder landings. This mountain is definately best for young 20somethings who want to hit it big and go party in a collge town after its all said and done.
However, if you are a flatlander looking for a family vacation, you might want to go with Big Sky.