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Bridger Bowl Kicks Off 59th Season

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The frigid temperatures didn't stop people from hitting the slopes. On Friday, Bridger Bowl kicked off its 59th season of skiing.

"It's a little cold, but it doesn't really matter. We're just out here having a great time," said
Blake Palmquist, skier.

"The cold weather shouldn't stop anyone from skiing in Montana," said William Cannon, skier.

Blake Palmquist and William Cannon were among the first to ski Bridger this season.

"The slopes are great. Snow is a little heavy in some spots, but all around it's pretty good," said Cannon.

"Bridger is basically my home. I've grown up here all my life and I love it.," said Palmquist.

But, because of the extreme cold temperatures, some people waited a little later to hit the slopes.

"It's so cold and I'm not in that great of shape this season yet," said Larry Blakesley, skier. "I also wanted to wait for the base to be built."

Marketing Director, Doug Wales said this has been one of the best opening days in years.

"We'll probably have close to 1,000 people up here today," said Wales.

The ski area has two new triple chairlifts.

"Our new powder lift veers to the south underneath the north bowl. Our new alpine lift veers north and drops off in Mountain Meadow," said Wales.

The two lifts replaced the center-pole Riblet double chair that has been in service since 1967.
 
"These lifts are really an opportunity for our intermediate range of skiers and snowboarders," said Wales.

"The lifts are pretty good. I'm still getting used to the change, but they're great lifts," said Cannon.

But, opening day wasn't for everyone.

"There's nobody here today because it's too cold," said Angus Matheson, Bridger Bowl snowboard instructor.

A grand opening ceremony for the new chairlifts is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. All attendees must have skis or snowboards.

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