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Located 20 minutes from downtown Bozeman, Bridger Bowl is known for skiing in "cold smoke," light, dry powder. The terrain, from steep, rocky chutes to gentle slopes and meadows, is the headline act at this community-owned mountain, where lift tickets ($45) are almost half the price of those at upscale resorts. One quad, five double, and two triple chair lifts access 71 named runs, which are ranked 20% beginner, 30% intermediate, 20% advanced, and 30% expert only. There are 311 acres of expert-only terrain, reached by the Schlasman's lift; skiers are required to carry avalanche transceivers. The mountain is open early December–early April. Fresh powder on the mountain? Look for a flashing blue beacon atop the former Baxter Hotel on Main Street. 15795 Bridger Canyon Rd., Bozeman, MT, 59715. 406/587–2111 or 800/223–9609. www.bridgerbowl.com.
Bohart Ranch & Cross-Country Ski Center maintains 29 km (18 mi) of groomed trails on ranch and Forest Service permit land for classic and skate technique skiing. Lessons and rentals are available. The season runs early December to late March. In summer the trails are open for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There's also an 18-hole Frisbee golf course. 16621 Bridger Canyon Rd., Bozeman, MT, 59715. 406/586-9070. www.bohartranchxcski.com.
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