Catch and Release

Bridger Bowl

South Bridgers

Open pads between rocky sections with ample opportunity for air

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
112 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
94 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
43˚
VIEW ON MAP
Catch and Release Map

Description

Catch and Release is an awesome way to ski untracked snow while getting a little gnarly between powder sections. It doesn't get skied too often because of the rocky cruxes, and its proximity to other popular lines. The first section gets sluffed out during control, so it's hard to get this part in great condition. The entire line can get sun baked, especially later in the season. Head to the top of the North Bridger hike, right across from the bomb box. You'll be dropping through an upper rock zone with plenty of options for air right off the ridge. Fall line will try to grab you to the right, fight it and go left to a rocky rollover. You will have Chute 1 on your right and Angel's Dust on your left. There are many ways through this rock area, including quick pointers and huge airs, down into the open powder below. Be cautious of rocks in the runouts and landings, especially early and mid season, this zone has lots of sharks. After a handful of lower angle pow turns, Catch and Release rolls over one more time into a smaller rocky section. You can easily find your way over or around these rocks, stopping on the Skier's Traverse above the South side of Bridger Gully.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, November, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Similar routes nearby