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May 4-5: Give Big 2017 May 4-5: Give Big 2017 -Apr 26, 2017

The Friends of the Avalanche Center are one of the recipients of the Give Big Gallatin Valley campaign. It is a 24 hour fundraising event for local non-profits on May 4-5, so mark your calendars. https://www.givebiggv.org/organizations/friends-of-the-gallatin-national-forest-avalanche-center

2017 Annual Report 2017 Annual Report -Apr 18, 2017
Skier triggered avalanche at Bridger Skier triggered avalanche at Bridger -Apr 15, 2017

This avalanche at Bridger Bowl was triggered today by skiers (4/15). Everyone was okay. New snow created unstable conditions. Instabilities should heal quickly, but deserve extra attention for a day or two. Bridger Bowl is closed and has a backcountry snowpack. There is no ski patrol services or avalanche reduction.

Natural avalanche near Frazier Basin 2 Natural avalanche near Frazier Basin 2 -Apr 12, 2017

Natural avalanche observed on Monday (4/10) in northern Bridger Range. New snow and wind over the weekend created unstable dry slabs. This avalanche appears to be triggered by a cornice fall and is up to approx.3 feet deep. Similar slides can be triggered by a skier or rider, and are most likely during or immediately following storms. Photo: J. Schmitt

Natural avalanche near Frazier Basin Natural avalanche near Frazier Basin -Apr 11, 2017

Natural avalanche observed on Monday (4/10) in northern Bridger Range. New snow and wind over the weekend created unstable dry slabs. This avalanche appears to be triggered by a cornice fall and is up to approx.3 feet deep. Similar slides can be triggered by a skier or rider, and are most likely during or immediately following storms. Photo: H. Haselton

Hidden Gully Avalanche Hidden Gully Avalanche -Apr 11, 2017

This avalanche was in Hidden Gully at the top of the Apron at Bridger Bowl. New snow avalanches along with wind-loading and cornice falls are part of the dangers at Bridger Bowl since the ski area is closed and ski patrol is not doing control work. Although it may feel safe because the terrain is so familiar, backcountry avalanche conditions exist. Photo: B. Balkin

Spring Sled Fest in Cooke City Spring Sled Fest in Cooke City -Apr 6, 2017

A fundraiser for the Friends of the Avalanche Center. $20 raffle tickets for sweet prizes; free BBQ on the mountain; raffle and party at Soda Butte Lodge 8 p.m.

Wind transport, Beartooths Wind transport, Beartooths -Apr 6, 2017

Dry snow at upper elevations combined with strong winds has created perfect conditions for wind transport in the high Beartooths. This makes wind slabs the main avalanche concern in this area. Photo B. Campbell 

Natural Avalanches, Tobacco Roots 4/4/17 Natural Avalanches, Tobacco Roots 4/4/17 -Apr 5, 2017

Skiers in the Tobacco Roots observed these small natural dry snow avalanches. These are good examples of what skiers and riders can expect to find when traveling in alpine terrain across the advisory area. Photo G. Antonioli 

Snowpack structure is changing rapidly Snowpack structure is changing rapidly -Apr 2, 2017

In a 150cm deep snowpit I found the snow to be moist. It broke in an ECTP22 on wet grains near the ground. The snow structure is changing daily with the spring weather. Stability is not simple to assess unless it's well below freezing and "locked up". Photo: GNFAC