Long story short, I'm taking a sabbatical from my career next winter to study for a bunch of testing and I'm looking for a moutain to adopt as my home for the '11-'12 season. What I'm looking for in a mountain is pretty simple: good powder, great/gnarly terrain, easily accessible side/backcountry, and a small mountain and local vibe. I grew up near Mt Baker and love everything about the riding and vibe, and want to find some place similar.
My first round of searching has pretty much brought me to Bridger Bowl, Montana. It's got a lot of similarities to Baker; locally owned, lots of side/backcountry, and some real gnarly terrain (ie the highest lift requires an avy beacon). At first glance, it pretty much fits the bill for what I'm looking for. At this point I'm looking for first hand input on the mountain. Who's been there?