By Jessianne Wright

EBS Contributor

BIG SKY – Beginner skiers will be treated this year at Bridger Bowl Ski Area after an expansion added 7 acres of easy terrain to the mountain. The ski area added two covered conveyor lifts to their operation and relocated the Snowflake lift to the expanded area, which is south of Saddle Peak Lodge.

Doug Wales, director of marketing and sales for Bridger Bowl, said that thanks to the $10 million project, the first-time experience for new skiers and snowboarders has never been better. Skiers will have access to the new Snowflake warming hut as a heated space to warm up or use the restroom.

A beginner area lift ticket is required to access this newly expanded terrain.

This summer, Bridger Bowl also replaced the old double Virginia City Riblet chairlift with a triple chair that offers a height adjusting loading conveyor for kids. The new lift will serve the same terrain and increases rider capacity by 27 percent.

Improvements were also made this summer to both lodges at Bridger Bowl. Retail space has been added to the Jim Bridger Lodge, while an addition to the Saddle Peak Lodge has added 300 more seasonal locker rentals and additional cafeteria space. The Snowsports rental program and lessons offices have also moved to the new south wing of the Saddle Peak Lodge.