Regional Conditions for Bridgers

as of 5:00 am
Nov 290″ | 15-25 W
Nov 28 0″ | 15-30 W
Nov 27 0″ | 30-50 W
8100′     11/30 at 00:00
30 ℉
0″New
8500′   11/30 at :00:00
28 ℉
W - 10 mph
Gusts 24mph
Bottom Line: The main avalanche concern is fresh drifts of snow. Be cautious of slopes where yesterday’s snow was drifted into thick, dense slabs. The best strategy is to avoid steep wind loaded slopes for a day or two, and then carefully assess them after that. Keep in mind, the most dangerous slopes are where these slabs formed over weak, sugary snow. These slabs on top of sugar will be unstable for longer and can be less predictable, large and very dangerous. Avoid steep slopes where you find soft, sugary snow under a cohesive, supportable slab.

The Daily Avalanche Conversation Video

Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Past 5 Days

Fri Nov 13

None
Sat Nov 14

None
Thu Nov 19

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Thu Nov 26

None
Fri Nov 27

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Avalanche Activity- Bridgers

Bridger Range
Hardscrabble Peak
Small skier triggered slides in Northern Bridgers
Incident details include images
Hardscrabble Peak
HS-ASu-R1-D1
Coordinates: 45.9151, -110.9810
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

On 11/12, two small slides were reported in the Northern Bridger Range near Fairy Lake, at least one of which was skier triggered.

The skier triggered slide was "a wind slab approximately 50 X 50’ with a 6” crown. The slab itself was only about 4” thick and only slid about 5” down the slope before stopping, and I was able to stop and then turn around and ski off of the slab without it moving any further. The 4” of dry slab was sitting on about 3” of sugary snow that was on a very firm icy bed surface."

We don't have details on the other slide, but it was reported as a wind slab avalanche on the NE side of Pomp Peak.


More Avalanche Details

Photos- Bridgers

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  • Under the Schlasman's chairlift at Bridger on November 29, 2020. Snow depth ranged from 3" to 18". Conditions were generally very shallow and rocky. Photo: GNFAC

  • From obs: "NW of Elf Lake. Lower Pitch in Trees, 2 well defined weak layers present primarily at surface (30cm) and just below at (20cm). 7785FT, Clear, 25F. 10 degree Slope Facing Easterly in forest below steeps." Photo: J Budreski

  • From obs: "while I was skinning up to the rollover I popped off a wind slab approximately 50 X 50’ with a 6” crown. The slab itself was only about 4” thick and only slid about 5” down the slope before stopping, and I was able to stop and then turn around and ski off of the slab without it moving any further. The 4” of dry slab was sitting on about 3” of sugary snow that was on a very firm icy bed surface." Photo: Anonymous

  • From IG message: Northern Bridgers is seeing a lot of avalanche hazard. Deep wind slabs where I was on Hardscrabble (SE aspect and NE). On my skin out I saw two avalanche crowns on the NE side of Pomp Pk. One had a party of two that triggered it and they were starting to descend away from avy terrain. Asked some other skiers up there what they saw and similar findings throughout the area. Dug one pit that showed facets on the ground covered by hard, icy snow with wind loaded snow on top of that. On my descent of Hardscrabble i picked my way thru the exposed rock and when I got into deeper snow it propagated about 60% of the time but did not slide really. Photo: D. Britt

  • Watch the video HERE!

  • "High winds this week really stripped a lot of terrain, and the snow pack was exceptionally thin in many places. This is looking into Frazier Basin..." Photo: M. Standal

  • The BBWC (Bridger Bowl Wind Cloud). Strong winds drifted recent snow into slabs that could avalanche on steep slopes. Early season snow means we need to be thinking about and managing avalanche hazard when we travel in the mountains. Photo: B. Rode

  • The BBWC (Bridger Bowl Wind Cloud) on Tuesday 10/27 accompanied 50-60 mph gusts. This strong wind drifted recent snow into slabs that could avalanche on steep slopes. Early season snow means we need to be thinking about and managing avalanche hazard when we travel in the mountains. Photo: GNFAC

  • Skier triggered slide on 10/26 at Bridger Bowl near the top of Pierre's Knob lift. Photo: @taitbigmoneyswan

  • Skier triggered slide on 10/26 at Bridger Bowl near the top of Pierre's Knob lift. Photo: @taitbigmoneyswan

  • Wind-drifted snow avalanched naturally in a few areas of the northern ranges yesterday (10/23). This photo was near Fairy Lake in the Bridger Range. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Wind in the last 36 hours left a fingerprint of ripples near Fairy Lake in the Bridger Range. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A skier on Mt Blackmore "observed some natural loose dry sluffs on the N face and the E face off the N ridge. They look like they came down in the last 24 hours with this new snow and wind; they were still fairly defined when I saw them." Photo: Jeanine Dalimata

  • A panorama of the snow covered peaks in the northern Madison Range taken from Sphinx Mountain. Photo: GNFAC

  • The mountains are snowy in the northern Madison Range. This photo is of the south face of Lone Peak and the Yellowstone Club with Beehive Basin in the background. Photo: GNFAC

  • Winds were blowing at upper elevations (+9,000') and loading slopes that were cracking and avalanching. Photo: GNFAC

  • Approaching the north face of the Sphinx we got shooting cracks in the new, windblown snow. It was a definite heads-up! Photo: GNFAC

  • While skinning up a south face in Frazier Basin today, skiers got 2-3" wind slabs to release. Photo: Max Cohen

  • A skier saw widespread small dry loose avalanches in Hyalite on 10/22. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Backcountry.com did a social media survey and found that many of us could use an avalanche class. Don't hesitate to sign up for one. Even a one-hour avalanche awareness class is a great place to start. Check out our Education Calendar for an expanding list of classes being offered in southwest Montana. Many are free.

  • Natural avalanche crown observed on October 19th along the side of The Great One couloir near Fairy Lake in the northern Bridger Range.

    Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Small natural avalanches in windblown snow near Fairy Lake, observed on October 19th.

    From obs: "There was some natural avalanche activity coming down off of the cliffs above... Looks like they came down either yesterday afternoon or last night, there was fresh windblown snow on top of the debris. We did observe some wind activated spindrift coming down the rocks when the wind picked up on the ridge and sent it down, very light sluffs but constant.... The natural activity we saw was wet slides and on the surface, it didn’t step down into any of the layers underneath just yet. The wind is strong and will continue to load high elevation ridge lines and cross load lower slopes."

    Photo: J. Dalimata

  • Wind was blowing and drifting recent snow in the Bridger Range the morning of October 15th. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • By morning of October 11 most mountain ranges were white at the higher elevations. This picture of Saddle Peak was taken from Stone Creek up Bridger Canyon. About .6-.8" of precipitation fell throughout southwest Montana. The Fisher Creek Snotel outside of Cooke City shows 6" of snow fell at 9,100 feet. Only time will tell what melts and what sticks around, but it sure is a good sign! Photo: GNFAC

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Weather Forecast Bridgers

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles NNE Bozeman MT

  • Overnight

    Overnight: Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 21 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: A 10 percent chance of snow after 5pm.  Increasing clouds, with a high near 35. Southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Sunny then
    Slight Chance
    Snow

    High: 35 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after 8pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. West wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 17 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 23. West wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    then Partly
    Sunny

    High: 23 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 12. West southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 12 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 26. West southwest wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 26 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 15. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Clear

    Low: 15 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 33. South southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 33 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 19.

    Clear

    Low: 19 °F

The Last Word

The Friends of the Avalanche Center are encouraging everyone to take an avalanche class. Look at our Education Page for all the classes being offered in sw Montana. They are working hard to break down Backcountry Barriers and made this awesome 6 min video about it.


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