Post Season Skiing/Hiking at Bridger: You’re on Your Own – MOOSE Radio

There is ZERO avalanche control. There are no ski patrollers. Need first aid or real help? You’ll be calling 9-1-1. Real dangers exist in the Bridger Bowl area after the season has come to a close.

It’s not uncommon for folks to hike up and ski in the Bridger Bowl area after the lifts have closed for the season. However, if you’re not skilled under backcountry conditions, ‘hiking up for a few runs’ might not be a good a idea.

photo: Rob Wales

photo: Rob Wales

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center has stopped issuing daily avalanche reports as of Monday, April 11th. They WILL issue weather and snowpack reports on Mondays and Fridays until the end of April.

Proper avalanche awareness, training and safety habits needs to be practiced. Again, from here on out there will be NO avalanche control measures at Bridger Bowl. It’s closed for the season and that includes ski patrollers and first aid.

What to remember if you’re skiing/hiking in the backcountry post season: Always ski with a partner. That’s the number one rule of the backcountry. If you (or your partner) get caught in a slide, you are each other’s lifeline. Having a probe, shovel and a transceiver are also part of the basic equipment you need to have AND KNOW HOW TO USE when hiking/skiing out of bounds, post-season or in the backcountry.

Avalanche zone sign – Bridger Bowl

If you’re looking to brush up on your avalanche safety skills, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche center does offer some eLearning and online courses in addition to their traditional classes offered at certain time of the year.

We’re expecting quite a bit of mountain snow this week, with up to 15 fresh inches. And who knows what the rest of April could bring. All the more reason to use your head when you head out and be smart.

Just because you know the terrain of Bridger Bowl inside and out, with no avalanche control measures…the danger can be much higher than meets the eye.

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