The local ski area – Bridger Bowl – opens on Friday and, despite not getting a whole lot of snow so far this year, they’ll be opening almost all of the mountain. Here’s a little Claymation video by local film maker Sam Lowe-Anker about what it’s sometimes like for residents with out-of-town visitors.

About an hour to the south are Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, what they collectively refer to as the “Biggest Skiing in America”. We were down at Big Sky last week on a special deal for locals and it was good to get those leg muscles working again. The winter of 2010 was just unbelievable (I think they had 400 or more inches of snow), but last year was kind of a bust, trying to avoid rocks almost all season. Also, check out this photo of the Ridge.