Regional Conditions for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Apr 300″ | NA
Apr 29 0″ | NA
Apr 28 0″ | NA
9460′     03/30 at 13:00
33.3℉
N - 0mph
Gusts 4mph
9000′   05/18 at 5:00
40℉
58″ Depth
Bottom Line: Spring weather can be highly variable and create a mix of avalanche problems to watch out for. Snow conditions and snow stability can change drastically from day to day or hour to hour. Anticipate rapid change and plan accordingly. Plenty of snowfall over the winter with more spring snow to come makes avalanches possible into summer.

Past 5 Days

Mon Apr 19

None
Fri Apr 23

None
Mon Apr 26

None
Fri Apr 30

None
Mon May 3

None

Avalanche Activity- Southern Gallatin

Northern Madison
Beehive Basin
Skier triggered and natural new snow avalanches in Beehive
Incident details include images
Beehive Basin
SS-AS-R1-D1.5-I
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.3407, -111.3910
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: 5/9/21: "Yesterday we went to check out the new snow in Beehive Basin.... While traversing... along the north ridge of 10602, we triggered a small wind slab  that carried down into Peruvian, which then released another small wind slab on a northeast aspect of the face (photo). The crown height of this wind slab was measured at 60cm at it's deepest point, and approximately 30ft wide by 10ft long.

Looking down into the face of Peruvian, we observed a natural dry loose slide that released from the ridge. We observed an increase in wind speed throughout the morning, and a shift in wind direction from west to southwest in the early morning moving to west to north west by the late morning."


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Southern Madison
Taylor Fork
Wet snow slides, natural and skier triggered
Incident details include images
Taylor Fork
WS-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: NW
Coordinates: 45.0607, -111.2720
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Multiple wet slides were reported in southern Madison and Tobacco Roots over the week 5/3-5/7.


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Many wet slides near Cooke
Incident details include images
COOKE CITY
WL-N
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From email 5/2/21: "Small but plentiful wet snow avalanches in Cooke City today. Didn’t see any that were broke on a deeper scale."


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Photos- Southern Gallatin

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  • From obs: 5/9/21: "Yesterday we went to check out the new snow in Beehive Basin... Looking down into the face of Peruvian, we observed a natural dry loose slide that released from the ridge... We observed an increase in wind speed throughout the morning, and a shift in wind direction from west to southwest in the early morning moving to west to north west by the late morning. The combination of variable and high winds with the amount of new snow available for transport created a noticeable increase in the hazard of wind slabs on all aspects we observed during the morning..." Photo: E. Schreier

  • From obs: 5/9/21: "Yesterday... While traversing... along the north ridge of 10602 [in Beehive], we triggered a small wind slab  that carried down into Peruvian, which then released another small wind slab on a northeast aspect of the face (photo). The crown height of this wind slab was measured at 60cm at it's deepest point, and approximately 30ft wide by 10ft long. Looking down into the face of Peruvian, we observed a natural dry loose slide that released from the ridge. We observed an increase in wind speed throughout the morning, and a shift in wind direction from west to southwest in the early morning moving to west to north west by the late morning. The combination of variable and high winds with the amount of new snow available for transport created a noticeable increase in the hazard of wind slabs on all aspects we observed during the morning..." Photo: E. Schreier

  • Small wet loose slide that a skier triggered, running over an older crown from prior days. East aspect, 10,000'. From 5/7/21. Photo: D. Britt

  • Photo of a large natural wet avalanche in Taylor Fork, NNW aspect around 9,000' elevation near Koch Peak, on 5/3/21. Photo: D. Britt

  • From email 5/2/21: "Small but plentiful wet snow avalanches in Cooke City today. Didn’t see any that were broke on a deeper scale." Photo: K. Goodyear

  • From obs: "I traversed the Bridger range yesterday (4/28/21). The alpine start was good and solid but I saw lots of recent avalanches that looked super wet, some that had broken a couple feet deep. Conditions were pretty stable until about 1300 when that most recent snow layer started to really want to slide on the crust. Once I was in the meadows between Baldy and the M, at about 1400, I started hearing/feeling really wet "whumps". Photo: J. Harrison

  • From obs: "I traversed the Bridger range yesterday (4/28/21). The alpine start was good and solid but I saw lots of recent avalanches that looked super wet, some that had broken a couple feet deep. Conditions were pretty stable until about 1300 when that most recent snow layer started to really want to slide on the crust. Once I was in the meadows between Baldy and the M, at about 1400, I started hearing/feeling really wet "whumps". Photo: J. Harrison

  • From obs 4/28/21: "Observed numerous natural wet loose slides probably occurring over the past 48 hours on NW-W-S aspects mid-elevation. Point releases from rock bands and couloirs shedding. Photo for example, which shows W facing bowl with slides visible from US-89 in Paradise Valley. These are between 8500’ and 9500’ on an unnamed peak just northeast of Dexter Point." Photo: T. Benson

  • From obs (4/18/21): "...class split and dug three pits, one on NE, one on N, and one on NW at 7623'. HS averaged around 70 - 100 cms... The NE and NW facing pits showed rounding depth hoar and no sudden CT results. None of the ECTs fractured or propagated. The N facing slope still had preserved advanced depth hoar 3 mm in size (see image)..." Photo: J. Quinn

  • From obs 4/9/21: "...we saw widespread natural wind slabs on N-NE eastern slopes in the Northern Absarokas (photo). Winds increased throughout the morning, and evidence of wind transport became more apparent at higher elevations. We found that on aspects unaffected by wind loading, the new snow layer was not cohesive and only saw minor sluffing." Photo: E. Schreier

  • Skiers had a collapse which made this crack on a south facing slope with a shallower, wet snowpack around 9,000' near Cooke City. Photo: J. Redfield

  • This wet slab was reported on 4/4/21 around 8,200' elevation in the Main Boulder drainage south of Big Timber, outside of our advisory area. It happened that day or very recently during extended above freezing temperatures. Photo: G. Smith

  • Extreme winds on 3/28/21 transported snow that fell over the past week into fresh wind slabs. Photo: BSSP

  • From obs 3/28/21: "Saw this slope which frequently slides had been triggered on our way out last night [lower left in photo]. Slid to the ground but I expect it was mostly new snow as there is a larger old crown visible further uphill... I did see two other small pocket slides yesterday also in new snow on bed surfaces of older slides... General snowpack is getting very deep now but a thick junk layer remains at the ground everywhere I dug sleds out." Photo: J. Gerardi

  • From obs: "Deep slab avalanche in Blackmore Basin that appeared to break on the depth hoar near the bottom of the snowpack. It was on a wind loaded NE facing slope at approx. 9,500 and looked to break on a slope in the 35-40 degree range. The crown was about 8'-10' deep and 200' wide. It broke to the ground and ripped out several small trees." Photo: JR Mooney

  • Observation from Electric Peak on 3/26/21.

    From obs: "...I did get one small slab to pull on the crust layer on an E aspect at 8000’, so the snow has proven to not be uniformly well-bonded..."

    Photo: S. Reinsel

  • Ian and Dave stop to do a quick stability test as they hunt for a layer of weak snow 1-2 feet under the surface. Photo: GNFAC

  • From obs: "On our way up the summer trail route to Hyalite Peak our party of three remotely triggered a small avalanche from the skin track at around 9,600ft on a east facing aspect. The storm slab went about 4 inches deep and 150-200ft across a small roll over feature. We were about 150ft away when we triggered the slide." Photo: C. Kussmaul

  • Deep slab avalanche on Arden Peak at the back of Maid of the Mist basin in Hyalite. Probably broke between Feb 22 and Feb 28, 2021 Photo: GNFAC

  • Seen from near Ennis on 3/4/21. On Finger Mountain in the southern Madison Range. Photo: D. Frohman

  • We saw these recent wet loose avalanches on 3/6/21. SW aspect, 9,100'. They likely ran during above freezing temperatures between 3/3 and 3/5. Photo: GNFAC

  • From obs: "Small D1 avalanche on south-eastern aspect around 7800ft. Looks like solar released on older layer a day or two ago."

    Photo: M. Mailly

  • From obs: "While touring above the canyon this morning, I noticed a very recent wet slide (would guess this incident occurred yesterday afternoon, March 4th). This was a skier triggered slide on a E aspect at an elevation of 7200. This slide was roughly 50 feet wide and ran about 50 feet, I estimated this crown to be 2-3 feet deep, slid all the way to the ground. This occurred below a steep roller."

    Photo: T. Saulnier

  • "On the drive back we saw a large crown on the NW face of Big Horn peak..." (likely broke Sat or Sun, 2/27-28). Photo:  S. Jonas

  • Wet loose avalanches released in the warm sunshine on Tuesday, March 2nd. We expect many more in the coming days. Photo: S. Jonas

  • Sled Skiing in Third Yellow mule... after an air onto the slope the impact from landing resulted in a fracture and failure to / near the ground... in addition, a remote trigger occurred on adjacent slope... 200-300 ft to the skiers right. No body was caught in either slide. Skier that initiated failure was moving at high speed and was beyond slide path before majority of snow movement began. Photo: W. Miller

  • Sled Skiing in Third Yellow mule... after an air onto the slope the impact from landing resulted in a fracture and failure to / near the ground... in addition, a remote trigger occurred on adjacent slope... 200-300 ft to the skiers right. No body was caught in either slide. Skier that initiated failure was moving at high speed and was beyond slide path before majority of snow movement began. Photo: W. Miller

  • Sled Skiing in Third Yellow mule... after an air onto the slope the impact from landing resulted in a fracture and failure to / near the ground... in addition, a remote trigger occurred on adjacent slope... 200-300 ft to the skiers right. No body was caught in either slide. Photo: W. Miller

  • This avalanche was triggered on Sunday, 2/28, when a skier released another slide 2-300 feet away. It broke at the same time. No one was caught. This was in the Third Yellow Mule on Buck Ridge.  Photo: W. Miller

  • From obs (2/28/21): "I’ve attached a photo of a small, D1.5, slide I saw on a thin S facing slope at 9000’. It was definitely more than a few days old. HS in the areas you would want to ski is 130-180cm, with a distinct drop felt with a probe at the bottom of the pack. Other areas are very scoured up there." S. Jonas

  • Riders triggered this slide on 2/28/21 near Red Canyon/Cabin Creek, north of West Yellowstone. Nobody caught or injured, but close call.

  • Riders triggered this slide on 2/28/21 near Red Canyon/Cabin Creek, north of West Yellowstone. Nobody caught or injured, but close call.

  • Riders triggered this slide on 2/28/21 near Red Canyon/Cabin Creek, north of West Yellowstone. Nobody caught or injured, but close call.

  • There was 6' of snow off the ridge in the Bridger Range on an east facing slope. The top 2 feet were recent wind drifting that broke clean in our stability test which indicated unstable conditions (ECTP18). We expect similar conditions and instability with wind-loaded slops throughout our forecast area. Photo: GNFAC

  • In the last 24 hours (2/28) 12" of low density powder and 40-50 mph west wind made it easy to trigger wind-drifted snow. Alex kicked these drifts which cracked and moved. We expect similar conditions and instability with wind-loaded slops throughout our forecast area. Photo: GNFAC

  • From obs: "Observed 2 natural avalanches, both on the basal persistent layer I would guess. one maybe a week old, partially filled in (SS-N-D1R2-O), and one that ran in the last 24 hrs (SS-N-D1.5R2-O) on a SE aspect, 35 deg at 8200 ft. I thought it was interesting given the lack of new snow and seeming lack of strong winds in this area." Photo: S. Hennessey 

  • From obs: “Triggered a large slide with a snowmobile. Went all the way to the ground. Crown seemed to range anywhere from maybe 3 ft to 10 ft. Large slabs of snow broke free and slid for about 100 yards.”

  • On 2/13/21 riders reported they triggered this avalanche, and remotely triggered two other slides. Nobody was injured. One partially buried.

  • On 2/13/21 riders reported they triggered this avalanche, and remotely triggered two other slides. Nobody was injured. One partially buried.

  • Sledders triggered this slide on 2/6/21 in West Targhee Creek near Lionhead. No one was caught.

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Weather Forecast Southern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

17 Miles SE Big Sky MT

  • Today

    Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 68 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. West southwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming east southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 35 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Snow level rising to 11300 feet in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. East wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    Mostly Sunny
    then
    Scattered
    Showers

    High: 57 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers after midnight.  Low around 36. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

    Showers

    Low: 36 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon.  High near 50. East southeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

    Showers

    High: 50 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Rain showers before 9pm, then rain and snow showers between 9pm and 11pm, then snow showers after 11pm. Some thunder is also possible.  Low around 31. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming east northeast after midnight.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

    Rain/Snow
    then Snow
    Showers
    Likely

    Low: 31 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Snow showers before 1pm, then rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible.  High near 43. North northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%.

    Snow Showers
    Likely then
    Rain/Snow

    High: 43 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Snow showers.  Low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

    Snow Showers

    Low: 30 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A chance of snow showers before 10am, then rain and snow showers likely between 10am and 2pm, then rain showers likely after 2pm. Some thunder is also possible.  Snow level rising to 8900 feet in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Rain/Snow
    Likely

    High: 45 °F

The Last Word

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