Photos

Small wet point releases Small wet point releases -Feb 10, 2016

South facing slopes got heated up yesterday and wet point releases were seen throughout our advisory area. This picture was taken near Texas Meadows north of Bridger Bowl. Photo: B. Balkind

Woody Ridge Avalanche Woody Ridge Avalanche -Feb 10, 2016

This avalanche looks to have released naturally on depth hoar. The slide likely occurred Saturday, February 5th, outside Cooke City on the west facing slopes of Woody Ridge after a serious bout of wind-loading on a thinner snowpack. Photo: J. Logan.

Small human triggered avalanches - Buck Ridge Small human triggered avalanches - Buck Ridge -Feb 6, 2016

Snowmobilers triggered numerous small avalanches on wind loaded slopes up Buck Ridge in the northern Madison Range. Slopes facing east and north were the most wind loaded and unstable. Photo T.J. Krob  

Shooting Cracks northern Madison Range Shooting Cracks northern Madison Range -Feb 6, 2016

Snowshoers up Deer Creek experienced shooting cracks on wind loaded slopes. Shooting cracks are an obvious sign of instability. Photo S. Favor

Slab Avalanche near Hyalite Peak Slab Avalanche near Hyalite Peak -Feb 5, 2016

This avalanche likley occured naturally around Feb 1. It was in heavily wind loaded terrain. 1-2 feet deep and ran over 1000 feet vertical. This is an example of the type of terrain where you could trigger a large avalanche on facets or depth hoar. Photo: B. VandenBos

Lionhead Avalanche Lionhead Avalanche -Feb 2, 2016

This avalanche was triggered by a snowmobiler about 1/4 of the way up a wind-loaded southeast facing slope at 8,000 feet. It broke up to 18" deep, 150' wide and ran approx 300' slope distance. Photo: B. Rasmussen

Small Avalanche near Cooke City Small Avalanche near Cooke City -Feb 2, 2016

One of our observers saw another skier trigger this small slab avalanche on a north-facing slope around 9,000',  2-3' deep and about 35' wide.  Given how shallow it is, it might be a repeat avalanche, running on depth hoar near the ground. Photo: B. Fredlund

Natural Avalanche Buck Ridge - 30 Jan 2016 Natural Avalanche Buck Ridge - 30 Jan 2016 -Jan 30, 2016

We saw this recent natural avalanche and three others of similar size on 1/30. They probably slid earlier in the week (1/25-1/26). These show the types of areas where it may be more likely to trigger an avalanche -- wind loaded, and faceted near rocks and trees. Photo: GNFAC
 

N. Madison Avalanche 2 N. Madison Avalanche 2 -Jan 29, 2016

Photo: M. Young

N. Madison Avalanche N. Madison Avalanche -Jan 29, 2016

This avalanche in the Northern Madison Range ran in the last 72 hours (1/26-1/28). This occured in wind loaded terrain and likely failed on depth hoar near the ground. Photo: M. Young