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Lionhead Range, 2021-12-20

Located off Lionhead Ridge outside West Yellowstone, this natural avalanche likely released after the large storm ended Wednesday, December 15. This slope is SE facing and the crown is about 9,400 feet. Faceted snow at/near the ground was the likely weak layer that avalanched. Photo: GNFAC

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Cooke City, 2021-12-20

New snow in Cooke City on December 20th. Photo: GNFAC

Bridger Range, 2021-12-19

Cornices that formed mid-slope, indicating recent heavy wind-loading in the Bridger Range. Strong southwest wind between 12/18 and 12/19/21 drifted recent snow into hard, pillowy drifts. We avoided these drifts on steep slopes to give them a day or two to stabilize. Photo: GNFAC

Bridger Range, 2021-12-19

These pillowy, hard drifts formed from strong southwest wind overnight between 12/18 and 12/19/21 in the Bridger Range. We saw minimal signs of instability, lke whumphing or cracking in these drifts, but avoided these features on steep slopes until they have more time to gain stability. Photo: GNFAC

Cooke City, 2021-12-19

In shallow areas near rock bands and wind-scoured slopes, we found a more developed weak layer of depth hoar. These shallow areas will be areas of concern when they get loaded by a larger storm or wind event. Photo: GNFAC

Northern Gallatin, 2021-12-19

From obs 12/18/21: "95cm Snow depth at around 9400’ 40cm of new snow on early December ice crust Ectx18 Will have to see with more loading on early December interface if it becomes reactive All alpine terrain was heavily stripped from the wind."

Cooke City, 2021-12-18

Cooke City Beacon Checker.

Photo: R. Youngbar

Island Park, 2021-12-17

Snowpack on Two Top Mtn. near Island Park, ID on 12/17/21. More than 3 feet of snow fell last week and it was right side up and generally stable. There is some weak snow and crusts near the ground, but we are not seeing signs that these layers are unstable yet. Photo: E. Knoff

Northern Madison, 2021-12-17

From obs: "On the way up on the West facing ridge we found facets to the ground below 17cm with that large ice layer on top. Given the low density of the new snow sitting on top, we ascended to Bear Basin-Middle Ridge via the ridge and lower angle gully. Photo is taken at 2860m, East facing on the ridge between Beehive Basin and Middle basin. Layers in the photo are easily distinguishable in the photo. We decided not to ski into Middle Basin and descended back the way we came up. On the ridge winds were blowing East ~15mph and cornices were present. Wind loading to the East looked visible to the eye by the lumps in the snow."

Photo: "T. Hoefler"

Bridger Range, 2021-12-16

On 12/16/21 A skier in a group of three triggered and was caught in this avalanche next to The Apron at Bridger Bowl. The ski area is closed and backcountry conditions exist. Nobody was injured.

From e-mail: "We had a group of three skiing up at the Bridger Apron today. We skied a more main slope in the field north of the slope with hidden couloir, snow was very stable and has been getting a lot of tracks. For a second run we skinned up the main slope under hidden and started our run in the trees slightly south of this slope. Not many tracks over there and not a good enough evaluation of the snowpack. We were planning on skiing a northeast facing chute through the trees that had very nice looking snow similar to what we had skiied earlier. I skiied in and had about 3 amazing turns, definitely partially due to the wind loading at this aspect. After three turns my feet were taking out from under me and I got caught in a slide keeping skis perpendicular to slope for 15-20’. This avalanche carried me rapidly and cleared the snow to the rocks below in which I was able to come to a hault and watch the rest of the sluff slide past me. After looking at the conditions after, this windy aspect seemed to have a very faceted layer about 8” down that acted as the crown. No injuries, a lost ski pole in the runout which extended down the slope maybe another 40’. The wind scoop on top and seeing these facets should have been a clear sign prior to skiing. Must be more diligent even in areas of high traffic. When dropping in to ski on first turn or so I remember hearing a possible whumpf."

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Bridger Range, 2021-12-16

On 12/16/21 A skier in a group of three triggered and was caught in this avalanche near The Apron at Bridger Bowl. The ski area is closed and backcountry conditions exist. Nobody was injured.

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Southern Madison, 2021-12-15

Natural avalanche in Taylor Fork that broke 100ft wide, 2-3 ft deep, beneath the recent storm snow. Appears to have failed towards the end of the storm (likely 12/15/21). Photo: GNFAC

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Southern Madison, 2021-12-15

This avalanche was remotely triggered by snowmobilers from over 100 ft away on 12/15. It broke beneath the recent storm snow, 1-2 ft deep.

Photo: GNFAC

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Northern Gallatin, 2021-12-15

Skiers up the East Fork of Hyalite Creek observed this small avalanche on a road cut. Photo: S. Reinsel

Southern Madison, 2021-12-15

A skier in the Southern Madison Range remotely triggered this avalanche in the Bacon Rind area from a flat bench above the slope. It broke over 50-75' away where the slope got steeper. Human-triggered avalanches are likely. Avoid steep terrain until the snowpack stabilizes. Photo: Anonymous 

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Northern Gallatin, 2021-12-13

From IG 12/12/21: @montanamountainmedicine

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Southern Madison, 2021-12-12

From obs: 12/12/21: "Heavy wind loading from gusty SW winds and recent snowfall. Made for some touchy conditions. This was at 9100’ between Sage and Sunlight basins." Photo: JR Mooney

Northern Gallatin, 2021-12-12

From obs: 12/12/21: "Shooting cracks and whoomphing in wind loaded areas. An approximately 15x30ft wind slab cracked along the base of a rock band and settled at the base of P2 on high fidelity. Was triggered while traversing along the rock band to gain the second pitch, 1-2 inches of facets on the ground. Wind slab of 6-36in in the gullies." Photo: M. Hearley

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Lionhead Range, 2021-12-12

At Lionhead Ridge, strong winds are drifting snow into unstable slabs. On steep rollovers, we observed shooting cracks and one large collapse, or "whumph." With more wind and snow in the forecast, expect conditions to get more dangerous before they improve. Photo: GNFAC

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Bridger Range, 2021-12-10

In the Bridger Range on December 10, 2021 2-3" of low density new snow was drifted into small soft slabs that were easy to trigger. Photo: GNFAC

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