Regional Conditions for Centennial Range

as of 5:00 am
Apr 300″ | N/A
Apr 29 1″ | N/A
Apr 28 1″ | N/A
8775′     /00 at :
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Gusts mph
7750′   09/23 at 13:00
58℉
Depth
Bottom Line: Avalanches will be mostly confined to new snow that falls. Shallow wet slides are possible if rain or warm temperatures melt the snow surface. Anticipate new snow stability to decrease with wind, sun or above freezing temperatures. Be aware of deeper wet slides if the snowpack doesn’t freeze overnight, or if there is heavy rain. Now is just as important as ever to be diligent with snowpack assessment and choose terrain carefully. See our forecast page for general spring snowpack and travel advice.

Snow Observations- Centennial Range & Lionhead

Centennial Range
Centennials - Idaho
Mt Jefferson

May 5, hiked up S. Duck creek to Mt Jefferson. There were quite a few wet natural slides from probably 2 weeks ago. The snow today, however, was very stable. I traveled/skied on the north and east aspects.

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Centennial Range
Hellroaring Creek
Hellroaring

Observed stable conditions, some pinwheeling and roller balls in the late afternoon on steep direct solar aspects, dry shallow pow on direct N. aspects above 8,000', consolidated melt freeze everywhere else. . Seems like a perfect melt-freeze cycle. Saw lots of highmarking on W. face of Jefferson, Reas Peak, and the Divide w/out slide activity or any movement in general on all but South Facing slopes, which were out of view.

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Centennial Range
Centennials - Montana
Hellroaring Basin / Mt. Nemesis

We found a 2.85m settled base at roughly 7,000’ elevation base camp of Hellroaring Powder Guides.
The temps have been cold, but warming into the high 20s, low 30s during sunny periods.
A sample snowpit showed a weak layer of concer at about 50-60cm below the surface, made of very small facets.
However, an ECT was non-reactive. No signs of recent avalanches in the basin were present. Hower, some debris piles from older slides were apparent in the larger runout zones on Mt. Nemesis.

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Centennial Range
Hellroaring Creek
Hellroaring
Incident details include images

Widespred slide activity from the last storm cycle, e.g. 2/14-2/18 ranging from E-NE to W. Aspects all elevations, creek bottoms slid at 7000' and peaks slide at 9800'. DEEP crownlines. From a dist. 4'-6', mostly in wind loaded terrain, micro-ridges, and corniced areas.

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Lionhead Range
Two Top
Twin Creek Snowmobile Trail (ID) Closed for Avalanche Danger

Liz Davey, Island Park District Ranger on the Caribou-Targhee NF, said that the Twin Creek Snowmobile Trail is closed because of avalanche danger!!

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Centennial Range
Hellroaring Creek
Hellroaring Hut Area

***This report was submitted by a guest from a recent hut trip***

2-13-19 0630Hrs 7700’ at hut, SW winds, mod. 14F, S2 Precip.

1300Hrs Test Pit at top of Pussyfoot, 200 degrees, slope angle 20, 7700 elevation, snowing S2, winds SW and variable and Mod, 14F: 205HS, CT 21 down 61cm; CT 23 down 75; CT 30 down 86. ECTX. We found a dense consolidated layer(k hardness) 12”++ deep, down 120CM and stopped digging there. Storm/wind slab gained energy around 1500Hrs. Many different layers in the top 60CM of the new snow, none of them particularly concerning.

On 2-14-19 0700Hrs At the hut: ,23F, and S2 for 24hrs past, with an estimated 18-24 HN24. SW winds Mod, variable at times. At 0900Hrs 31F, PP/graupel mixed, backing to S1. Barometer rising now. Snow surface had become heavy and dense. Touring out to Pussyfoot, we saw the west facing slope above the Hut around 8700’?? had a new slide with a 2-3 foot crown, possible 200 yards in length running up and over a ridge. Cloudy, foggy no photo taken. The same area where a “few more turns” happened? Wind loading and storm slabs present in areas.

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Centennial Range
Centennieals
Incident details include images

This was shared with me from one of our Fremont County Search & Rescue members. I have no further information.

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Centennial Range
Centennials - Idaho
Avalanche in the Centennials
Incident details include images

I saw this with my binoculars from several miles away. This is just west of Mt Jefferson and on a southeast facing slope.

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Centennial Range
Centennials - Montana
Hellroaring Canyon

Yesterday, I skied into Hellroaring Canyon with a group of 6 backcountry skiers staying the night at Hellroaring Hut. While guiding the skiers to the hut, we saw large deposits of avalanche debris in the bottom of major slide paths on west and southwest facing aspects of Mt. Nemesis. It appeared that some of these avalanches were roughly size 1 - 2.5. Numerous creek bottoms and cut banks had also avalanched into Hellroaring Creek. Even some very low angle NW facing gully features had been ripped out. Looking across the valley into the Blair Lake area, I noted only one very small slide on a steep, rocky aspect. I did not have a chance to dig a snow pit, but I did observe numerous huge “whoompfs” while ski touring, and it was obvious that the faceted layer underneath last week’s 6 inches of new snow was failing regularly.

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Centennial Range
Centennials - Idaho
Centennial Mountains between Reas and Taylor peaks
Incident details include images

We rode this area all day. No one in the group had ever ridden this area, so it was an exploitation day. I dug a pit on a S facing 10* slope at 8564’.
HS 144 with 6 distinct layers, everything above 60cm was fairly consistent, the bottom 60 was JUNK, all large grain facets that were very soft, with little to no cohesion. I was surprised by the failure I got at 132cm, it failed very easily on the shovel shear, and with a CT11. I got an ECTN17 also at 132cm, nothing else. I did a PST just for the sake of killing time at had a 15/end at the 60cm interface. If there is a large enough trigger I have no doubt that the current slab is capable of propagating, and if it does the slide will likely be big. We did not see any avalanche activity while riding or driving in.

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Avalanche Activity- Centennial Range & Lionhead

Photos- Centennial Range & Lionhead

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  • Save The Date for the 21st Annual Powder Blast Fundraiser. October 25 @6:30pm. Tickets here: https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/Powder-Blast-2019-35179

  • Natural wet slabs were widespread on Fan Mtn. near Big Sky during the week of 5/13-5/16. Photo: E. Mullen

  • Natural wet slabs were widespread on Fan Mtn. near Big Sky during the week of 5/13-5/16. Photo: E. Mullen

  • This natural wet slab slid early this week, Monday (5/13) or early Tuesday (5/14), near Beehive Peak. This photo was taken 0745 Tuesday morning. Photo: @cfirer

  • Debris from a wet slab that released naturally Tuesday evening on saddle Peak. Debris ran very far into the runout compared to similar sized dry slabs that often occur on this path. "South side of 1/4 Saddle slid sometime last night. Looks like cornice drop then step down to near ground. Hi yesterday at Alpine was 62." -R. Elliott/BBSP

  • This wet slab released naturally Tuesday evening on saddle Peak. "South side of 1/4 Saddle slid sometime last night. Looks like cornice drop then step down to near ground. Hi yesterday at Alpine was 62." -R. Elliott/BBSP

  • "South side of the Glide Plane released as a glide avalanche last evening (May 12th) sometime around 6 pm according to source. Bed surface was ground in starting zone of wet clay soil sparsely covered in long grass.  Debris chunks, some snowmobile sized, rode up on surface and slid approx. 200 vert.  Debris could have bumped a tower on the old Alpine lift if it still lived there. Last freeze was 6 am on the 10th of May.  The high temperature on the 12th was 59 degrees at 4 pm." Photo and observations: BBSP

  • "South side of the Glide Plane released as a glide avalanche last evening (May 12th) sometime around 6 pm according to source. Bed surface was ground in starting zone of wet clay soil sparsely covered in long grass.  Debris chunks, some snowmobile sized, rode up on surface and slid approx. 200 vert.  Debris could have bumped a tower on the old Alpine lift if it still lived there. Last freeze was 6 am on the 10th of May.  The high temperature on the 12th was 59 degrees at 4 pm." Photo and observartions: BBSP

  • Skiers found fresh wind slabs that were easily triggered on Saturday 4/27 near Beehive Basin in the northern Madison Range. Photo: E. Birkeland

  • Spring Sled Fest is May 18th! DJ, Free BBQ, Raffle. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Avalanche Center. More event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2290792671007553/ Thanks to Mark Christensen @markass406 and Nick Donovan @skidooin_it for organizing the event.

  • Skiers easily triggered loose snow avalanches of the 3-5” of new snow. This morning (4/27) on the Bridger Ridge. Photo: @smooneyski

  • Skiers easily triggered loose snow avalanches of the 3-5” of new snow. This morning (4/27) on the Bridger Ridge. Photo: @smooneyski

  • Below 3-5" of new snow there is a supportable frozen crust on top of a wet snowpack on most slopes. Avalanches are mostly confined to the new snow on top of this crust (wet loose, dry loose, wind slabs). However, where the snowpack did not freeze below the new snow, or when this crust melts, deeper wet slides are possible. Photo: GNFAC

  • Snowmobile-triggered slide near Fairy Lake on Saturday (3/30). New snow was drifted into small wind slabs that may remain reactive in isolated areas.  Photo: P. Cronin

  • Outside Cooke City up Zimmer Creek, a skier spotted this cornice fall which triggered a small pocket down low. Photo: F. Madsen

  • Many wet loose and wet slab avalanches were seen near Zimmer Creek (north of Cooke City) on south and east aspects. Temperatures were warm at 10,000 feet. Photo: F. Madsen

  • This photo near Lionhead, is indicative of the wet loose avalanches we are seeing on many low elevation, south facing slopes throughout our advisory area. Daytime temperatures near 50F will make avalanches like this more frequent and widespread in the coming days.

  • Low angle metal roofs have heavy, thick slabs of snow that built up during persistent cold temperatures. These slabs will slide during warm temperatures. Be on the lookout for overhead hazard and be cautious where you walk or park your car during warm sunny days. An additional urban hazard are large icicles are that will break during warm days. Photo: A. Schauer

  • This slide was triggered on a steep (40 deg) southeast facing slope at Round Lake outside Cooke City. It failed 8" deep on a layer of graupel and small facets. An adjacent hill slid at the same depth beforehand. This layer is not on most slopes, but as this slide shows it is on some. Doug was in the area and dug a pit in the crown soon after it was triggered. Photo: J. Fritz

  • From e-mail: "Widespred slide activity from the last storm cycle, e.g. 2/14-2/18 ranging from E-NE to W. Aspects all elevations, creek bottoms slid at 7000' and peaks slide at 9800'. DEEP crownlines. From a dist. 4'-6', mostly in wind loaded terrain, micro-ridges, and corniced areas." Photo: S. Hansen

  • From e-mail: "Widespred slide activity from the last storm cycle, e.g. 2/14-2/18 ranging from E-NE to W. Aspects all elevations, creek bottoms slid at 7000' and peaks slide at 9800'. DEEP crownlines. From a dist. 4'-6', mostly in wind loaded terrain, micro-ridges, and corniced areas." Photo: S. Hansen

  • This snowmobile was fully buried, along with its rider on February 7th, 2019, in the Centennial Range.

  • Photo of the snowmobile triggered slide that fully buried a rider on February 7th, 2019.

  • A large snowmobile triggered avalanche in the Gravelly Range (Outside of advisory area) on February 10th, 2019.

    From email: "One rider was involved in the incident and was fortunate to be on the upper left side of the bowl when he saw the slide start. ... the crown was about 325 wide and varied in depth from 1 to 4 or 5 feet.  The ridge line was wind loaded and this was an issue we had discussed as a group and wanted to avoid.  We had read the reports for the day and knew that wind loading as well as a persistent week layer were both concerns. .... The rider involved entered the area from around where the road switchbacked and did not realize what was above him due to reduced visibility."

  • This avalanche broke on weak snow in the lower 1/3 of the snowpack after a storm dropped 2-3' of heavy snow between 2/3 and 2/5/19. Photo: GNFAC

  • Multiple large avalanches occurred in the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone after 2-3’ of heavy snow earlier this week. Photo: GNFAC

  • This avalanche was triggered by snowmobilers on 2/6. 2-3’ of heavy snow earlier this week fell on a weak snowpack making large avalanches possible. Photo: GNFAC

  • This avalanche was triggered by snowmobilers on 2/6. 2-3’ of heavy snow earlier this week fell on a weak snowpack making large avalanches possible. Photo: GNFAC

  • From an email, "Observed this large avalanche while driving north from Jackson Hole today.  (on the E, NE aspect of Sawtell Peak, in the Centennial Mountains)"

    Likely released in the last day or so with the Avalanche Warnings on Sun, Mon and Tuesday. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Snowmobilers in the Lionhead area got unstable test results, easily propagating fractures in ECT tests on a weak layer buried about 50 cm deep. Photo: J. Norlander

  • This photo was taken by a FS snow ranger on Feb 1st. These avalanches likely occurred towards the end of a period of steady snowfall from Jan 16th to 28th. From e-mail: "The Reas Peak area had 7 slides that I could see from the bottom of the drainage, most of them looked to have occurred with the last storm and had a northerly influence to their aspect. The largest and most recent slide I included in the [above photo], Reas Peak is the highest peak on the left in the photo and the slide path is on a NE aspect. If you look close at the photo you can see a 2-3’ crown on the far left side of the frame on the north aspect of Reas from another slide." Photo: C. Hericks

  • This photo of an avalanche on the north side of Reas Peak was taken by a FS snow ranger on Friday, Feb 1. It likely occurred towards the end of a period of steady snowfall from January 16th to 28th. Photo: C. Hericks

  • Mount Jefferson (just north of Reas Peak) is the peak in the background. Nasty avalanche on persistent weak layer in the foreground. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Large avalanche on Bald Peak in the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • This was one of multiple avalanches triggered remotely from low-angle slopes connected to steep terrain in the Gravelly Range on Sunday. Photo: S. Olson

  • Crown of avalanche that was triggered by a group of four skiers. Two were partially buried (1 injured, 1 killed) on 1/25/19. They were all ascending and near the top of the path when the avalanche broke. The top two skiers held onto trees as the avalanche pushed by them. Photo: GNFAC

  • Overview of avalanche path where a group of four skiers were caught, and two were partially buried (1 injured, 1 killed) on 1/25/19. Crown is marked by black line and location of partial burial/deceased is tip of red arrow. The other partially buried skier was 200' lower. They were all ascending and near the top of the path when the avalanche broke. The top two skiers held onto trees as the avalanche pushed by them. Photo: GNFAC

Weather Forecast- Centennial Range

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles ESE Lakeview MT

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 57 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Southwest wind 11 to 17 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 39 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14 mph becoming southwest 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.

    Partly Sunny
    then Partly
    Sunny and
    Breezy

    High: 53 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Breezy, with a southwest wind 19 to 24 mph becoming west northwest 7 to 12 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy
    and Breezy
    then Partly
    Cloudy

    Low: 36 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 9 to 16 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 54 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain after midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

    Partly Cloudy
    then Slight
    Chance Rain

    Low: 38 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Rain likely, mainly after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Rain Likely

    High: 48 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Rain showers likely before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 3am, then a chance of snow after 3am. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

    Showers
    Likely then
    Chance
    Rain/Snow

    Low: 31 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Snow likely, mainly after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

    Snow Likely

    High: 41 °F

The Last Word

Have a safe and enjoyable spring and summer. See you when the flakes start to fly next Fall! -Doug, Eric, Alex and Ian


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