Bridger Bowl brings out its unique brand of events in February. Sure, there's a terrain park jam, but the ski resort also puts on a ridge climbing and gully freeride event.
The Seventh Annual King and Queen of the Ridge race is really a hike-a-thon and ski-a-thon set on Valentine's Day - Feb. 14. Entrants collect pledges to raise money to support local avalanche education. Many participants aim for one or two hikes, but some see how many ridge hikes they can complete in five hours of competition. Those who hike and ski the most in five hours go down in history as the King and Queen of the Ridge.
Skiers and snowboarders compete in a judged freeride event Feb. 21 and 22. However, the Bridger Gully Free Ride competition is no tame terrain park event. Competitors are required to have a helmet and an avalanche transceiver, for the gully course is off Bridger's Ridge. Each competitor gets one run to show his or her stuff and is judged on difficulty, control, attack, fluidity, and technique. Inverted aerials are taboo.
Snowboarders line up for the Jam in the Terrain Park Feb. 28 followed by skiers on Mar. 1. The slopestyle competition requires no climb to the ridge, only some tricks.
Participants of all three events are entered into Bridger's Grand Prize Drawing March 21 to win a ski vacation to Whitefish Mountain Resort. Find more details on the drawing and the events online.
- Snow Reports