SW Montana Ski/Snow Update 2/9/2019Longer days and deeper snow
SW Montana Snow
Winter in SW Montana started slowly with little accumulation of snow in December and January. Over the last couple weeks snow storms have been more frequent. Combined with colder temperatures the snowpack has deepened nicely and coverage at Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl is in great shape. Bridger Bowl’s snow depth is currently at 63 inches, while Big Sky is at about 48 at the base of the mountain and 83 at the summit (Feb. 9th).
Patagonia Rental Gear
Personally, I have not been to the mountain as much this year as in past years. Last week I was able to make it out on Tuesday and Wednesday. Skiing Midweek is still my favorite. Zero lift lines mixed with fewer tracks from others make for great days on the hill. Temperatures were in the mid teens and Bridger Bowl had received about a foot of new snow in the previous 24 hours.
New to Explore Rentals’ lineup of rental gear this year are Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants and Jackets. I used some for one of the days of snowboarding and my criticisms were minimal. Their outer material is thicker than most shells I’ve used and feels very durable. The Gore-Tex lining kept me dry all day without leaving me feeling damp on the inside from sweat or condensation. I usually wear a size large for a Ski Jacket. The Patagonia large was a little roomier than I was used to, not bulky, and was nice when layering clothing underneath.
If you are headed towards Bozeman for a few days of winter fun, check out our availability at explore-rentals.com/reservations
Renting 700 dollars worth of apparel for 22 bucks a day (Jackets 12, pants 10) will help cut costs on your vacation while allowing you be comfortable and have a good time.