Regional Conditions for Bridgers

as of 5:00 am
Nov 114″ | 15-20 W
Nov 10 0″ | 15-30 W
Nov 9 0″ | 20-40 W
8100′     11/12 at 2:00
27 ℉
1.3″New
8500′   11/12 at 2:00
26 ℉
W - 22 mph
Gusts 31mph
Bottom Line: The snowpack stabilized with this week’s warm, dry weather. Look for signs of wet snow instability with temperatures in the 40s F through Saturday. Assess how new snow bonds to our existing snowpack as winter returns later this weekend.

Past 5 Days

Sun Oct 27

None
Mon Oct 28

None
Fri Nov 1

None
Mon Nov 4

None
Fri Nov 8

None

Avalanche Activity- Bridgers

Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Cracking Wind Slabs at Bridger
Incident details include images
Bridger Bowl
Coordinates: 45.8156, -110.9230
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Two parties reported shooting crack at Bridger Bowl today (11/11/2019).

"While skinning up to the top of Powder Park lift at Bridger, we had roughly 15' cracks propagate on an E/SE aspect. A snowpit showed roughly 8" of wind slab above a few inches of facets, on top of last week's rain crust."


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Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Wet loose at Bridger
Incident details include images
Bridger Bowl
WL-N-R1-D1
Coordinates: 45.8156, -110.9230
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Several small wet loose avalanches were observed at Bridger Bowl on 11/5. 


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Northern Gallatin
Divide Peak
Cornice triggered slab in Hyalite
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Divide Peak
SS-NC-R2-D1.5-I
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.4029, -110.9760
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0
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Photos- Bridgers

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  • "Lots of cracking up there this morning on fresh, mid elevation wind slabs"

    Photo: B. Nobel

  • "While skinning up to the top of Powder Park lift at Bridger, we had roughly 15' cracks propagate on an E/SE aspect. A snowpit showed roughly 8" of wind slab above a few inches of facets, on top of last week's rain crust." November 11, 2019.

    Photo: G. Lawrence

  • Wet loose avalanches at Bridger Bowl (observed on 11/5).

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Wet loose avalanches at Bridger Bowl (observed on 11/5).

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • My partner and I skinned up the Middle Fork of Brackett to Ross Peak hoping to ski a few different things up there. Again, pulled the plug due to stability concerns. The snowpack was significantly thinner and weaker than what I've seen up at Bridger and older snow was moderately faceted. Encountered a few thin, natural hard slab avalanches, failing on top of a facet/ melt-layer. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • E aspect, 9,100'. Triggered from a stomping a small cornice, which landed on a steep slope below and popped a small wind slab. Photo: T. Chingas

  • A skier reported on 11/1, "Activity I observed was restricted to the new snow. A fair bit of loose snow....  Skiers on the E bowl of Blackmore triggered some D1 dry sluffage, running on a crust beneath the new snow." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A skier reported on 11/1, "Activity I observed was restricted to the new snow. A fair bit of loose snow....  Skiers on the E bowl of Blackmore triggered some D1 dry sluffage, running on a crust beneath the new snow." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A skier reported on 11/1, "I watched a small (D1) wind slab build and fail as the wind picked up near the Blackmore/Elephant saddle (happened just before 2pm). Slab couldn't have been much thicker than 15cm, broke 30-40m wide. These slabs were building rapidly,..." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Avalanche crown north of Bridger Bowl from avalanches that ran on or before 10/30. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Avalanche crown north of Bridger Bowl from avalanches that ran on or before (10/29). Photo: G. Antonioli

  • From an email, "...here’s a pic from a north facing slope below Thunder Road, about midway up PK. We saw a few more shooting cracks in the flats below the top of PK, and the surface wind slab where this photo was taken was ~10 cm."

    Photo: J. Boulange

  • We found sensitive wind slabs near ridgelines on Mt. Blackmore and evidence of recent cross-loading. Photo: GNFAC

  • A skier in Hyalite wrote, "Natural activity that I observed was failing at new/old interface and (generally) occurred in predictable, wind loaded locations near ridge lines. The one exception is the avalanche with the freshest debris; looks like it failed right at the end of the storm in a somewhat sheltered, mid-slope location." Photo: B. VandenBos
     
  • Gusty north wind and moderate snowfall created unstable drifts of snow at Bridger on Monday (10/28). Some slid naturally and some were easily triggered by skiers. Photo: P. Hinz

  • From email: "There was 10cm of facets near the ground which led to a stable layer roughly 30cm thick. Propagation at 40cm and 50cm at 17 and 26 swings from the elbow. 22 degree slope. 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall snowpack was 80cm."

    Photo: R. Emery

  • Small storm slabs triggered at Bridger on 10/26. From email: "slab formation appeared isolated to leeward sides of midslope terrain features and rollovers as well as at ridgetops". 

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Large avalanche observed on 10/25 near Imp Peak in the Taylor Fork. 

    Photo: B. VandenBos

  • The snowpack at Bridger Bowl has an average height of 1.5 feet. It contains a couple layers of crusts (MF crust) and facets (NSF) that could be weak layers below future new snow. Photo: A. Schauer

  • Snow available for transport in the Bridgers is isolated to upper elevations, as mid/lower the snowpack was wet and warm. Skiers recent activity on Saddle isolated to fresh cornice fall and loose snow sluffing. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • The snow still available for transport is isolated to upper elevations, as mid/lower the snowpack was wet and warm. Skiers noted recent activity on Saddle isolated to fresh cornice fall and loose snow sluffing. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • The snow still available for transport is isolated to upper elevations, as mid/lower the snowpack was wet and warm. Skiers noted recent activity on Saddle isolated to fresh cornice fall and loose snow sluffing. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Strong winds scoured new snow off some slopes and loaded it into thick drifts on other slopes. Slopes with thick drifts of snow provide the only place with enough coverage to ski, but are also the most likely place to trigger an avalanche right now. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A local near Fairy Lake gets a taste of fresh October snow and wind. "You know it's somewhat windy when the goats start closing their eyes and their beards get blown sideways." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Strong westerly wind scoured snow off high ridgelines and slopes in the northern Bridger Range on Friday (10/11). Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Dry loose snow avalanches were observed on 10/10 as the recent snow settled. From e-mail "...saw some small, solar-initiated, dry loose snow slides in steep, rocky terrain (heads up ice climbers). With a firm surface beneath the new snow, these little guys were picking up steam quickly." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Avalanche debris on the saddle near Hyalite Peak. This is indicative of the type of heavily wind loaded terrain near ridgelines where avalanches are most likely this time of year. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Broken off cornice on the saddle between Blackmore and Elephant on 10/5. "Snow was anywhere from inches deep with grass and rocks to hip deep. It was mostly knee deep though. Down in the flats below the bowl there was easily 8-10" fresh and another 2" on my way down..." Photo: @benjacobsenphoto

  • Wind transport of snow on Gallatin Peak, October 2, 2019. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • MSU SAW is October 9th from 5-9pm in SUB Ballroom A. www.montana.edu/outdoorrecreation/SAW.html for more info.

  • The mountains got their first coat of snow at the end of September, though it isn't quite enough to protect you from hitting rocks. Where the snow is drifted provides the best coverage, but is also the most likely place to trigger a small slide. A small slide would be painful if it pushes you into the many exposed rocks. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • The mountains got their first coat of snow at the end of September. It isn't quite enough to protect you from hitting rocks. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • We hiked in to put up the Flanders weather station on 9/25 and found a spotty distribution of 4-6" of snow above 8,000'. Photo: GNFAC

  • Last weekend (9/23) there was about 14 inches of snow at 9,000'. Sun and warm temperatures created wet snow avalanches on slopes that face the sun. These small slides can be hazardous if they push you into the wrong terrain. Photo: Z. Drobnik

  • Last weekend (9/23) there was about 14 inches of snow at 9,000'. Sun and warm temperatures created wet snow avalanches on slopes that face the sun. These small slides can be hazardous if they push you into the wrong terrain. Photo: Z. Drobnik

  • Last weekend (9/23) there was about 14 inches of snow at 9,000'. Sun and warm temperatures created wet snow avalanches on slopes that face the sun. These small slides can be hazardous if they push you into the wrong terrain. Photo: Z. Drobnik

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Weather Forecast Bridgers

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles NNE Bozeman MT

  • Today

    Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

    Partly Sunny
    then Mostly
    Cloudy and
    Breezy

    High: 39 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow likely, mainly between 11pm and 4am.  Patchy blowing snow between 1am and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Likely
    and Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    Low: 31 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow then
    Sunny

    High: 36 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 25. West wind around 11 mph becoming south after midnight.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 25 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 39 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 30 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 43 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: A chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 31 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A slight chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

    Slight Chance
    Snow

    High: 35 °F

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