GNFAC Avalanche Advisory for Sat Jan 21, 2012
Not Current Advisory
Good morning. This is Eric Knoff with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Advisory issued on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 a.m. Cooke City Motorsports & Yamaha in partnership with the Friends of the Avalanche Center sponsors today’s advisory. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center continues a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone and the mountains around Cooke City. Heavy snow continues to fall on an extremely weak snowpack causing unstable conditions. Today, natural and human
A strong westerly flow continues to usher pacific moisture into southwest Montana. Since yesterday another 4-6 inches of high density snow has fallen in the mountains around Cooke City and West Yellowstone while the mountains around Big Sky picked up an additional 2-3 inches. Unfortunately the mountains around Bozeman have remained dry.
At 4 am temperatures are in the mid to high 20s F and winds are blowing 20-30 mph out of the WSW with gusts in the 50s being recorded in the northern Gallatin and Madison Ranges. Today, an unsettled weather pattern will continue with an additional 4-6 inches possible in the southern ranges and 2-3 inches in the north. Temperatures will rise into the mid 30s F and winds will stay moderate to strong out of the WSW.
The Lionhead area near West Yellowstone and the mountains around Cooke City:
Near West Yellowstone and Cooke City, the story is simple. Heavy snowfall and high winds have created very dangerous avalanche conditions. Storm totals over the past four days equal:
· 4 inches of SWE, totaling over 3 feet of snow, in the mountains around Cooke City.
· 2.9 inches of SWE, totaling over two feet of snow, in the mountains around West Yellowstone.
This heavy load has been deposited on top of a very weak snowpack resulting in highly unstable conditions (photo, photo). Any slope that has received additional
Today the message is clear - if you play in avalanche terrain you will likely find avalanches. During dangerous conditions such as these, it is possible to
Today, the avalanche danger is rated on
The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges:
The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges have not received as much snow as the mountains around Cooke City and West Yellowstone. However, storm totals of over a foot combined with strong winds are adding a tremendous amount of stress to a very weak snowpack.
Yesterday, riders in Cabin Creek and Tepee Basin in the southern Madison Range observed numerous natural and human
While wind loaded slopes are the primary avalanche concern, non-wind loaded slopes also have the capability of producing avalanches.
The northern Madison and northern Gallatin Ranges:
Yesterday, my partners and I toured into Beehive Basin and found four inches of high density snow resting over a variety of
Today, the primary avalanche concern will be any slope that is wind loaded. Prior to the storm, strong winds created spatially variable hard
The Hyalite Drainage in the northern Gallatin Range deserves a special mention because it has more stable conditions. Recently formed
The Bridger Range:
Over the past four days the Bridger Range has received 1-2 inches of new snow. The lack of precipitation has done little to improve skiing and riding conditions, but it has helped reduce the avalanche danger.
Yesterday, the Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol did not receive any notable results during control work. They also mentioned avalanche observations around the area have been minimal. However, strong winds prior to the storm did produce stiff
I will issue the next advisory tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. If you have any snowpack or avalanche observations, drop us a line at email@example.com or call us at 587-6984.
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