New Bridger lift will replace the old bridger lift and deer park as well
Saturday Oct. 2nd, 2010
This summer, Bridger Bowl replaced the old Bridger and Deer Park lifts with one newer triple chair lift. Here are some of the benefits of this new lift project:
1. This is the most important lift on the mountain. Without reliable access, we can not do the avalanche hazard reduction work required to open the upper mountain lifts and terrain.
2. The Deer Park switchback road is being removed along with the Deer Park Lift and unload area. The elimination of the road and lift will enable skiers to ski from the top of Bridger down to the South Bowl without crossing a road and provide 1,500 vertical of fall line skiing in wide open slope.
3. The New Bridger triple chairs weigh about 250 lbs and can run in higher cross winds, minimizing lift closure times (days) significantly.
4. This New Bridger triple chair lift provides 7.5% more uphill transportation compared to the current Bridger and Deer Park double chairs combined.
Bridger has four primary terrain pods where they wish to improve service and replace lifts: #1 Bronco/North Bowl pod (expert), #2. the Powder Park/3 Bears pod (intermediate), #3. the Montagne Meadows/Limestone Pod (beginner/lower intermediate) and #4 Bradley Meadows (advance/intermediate). Because of the importance of the Bridger Lift to the daily operation of Bridger Bowl, this Bronco/North Bowl pod is the first one that was addressed. Bridger’s goal is to provide the highest quality ski experience possible in all terrain pods. This means determining the maximum up hill lift capacity with that which produces the optimal desired density of skiers per acre of terrain served by the lift. Each lift needs adequate unloading zones, staging areas, slope and trail accessibility that allows for good fall line skiing while minimizing roads and traversing trails.