Regional Conditions for Cooke City Area

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 10-25 SW
Mar 2 0″ | 10-30 W
Mar 1 0″ | 10-30 NW
10,000′     03/03 at 13:00
26.6℉
SW - 7mph
Gusts 15mph
9100′   03/03 at 13:00
38℉
83″ Depth
Bottom Line: The mountains around Cooke City have a generally stable snowpack. This is not to say there are no problems, but they are isolated. Wind-loaded terrain may still harbor older slabs that could be triggered.
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Past 5 Days

Sat Feb 27

Moderate
Sun Feb 28

Moderate
Mon Mar 1

Considerable
Tue Mar 2

Moderate
Today

Low

Avalanche Activity- Cooke City Area

Cooke City
Daisy Pass
Natural avalanche at Daisy Pass, Cooke City
Incident details include images
Daisy Pass
SS-N
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: SW
Coordinates: 45.0497, -109.9640
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Here are two photos of what I think is a natural slide from this morning (3/1). Looks like a natural slide across from Crown Butte at the top of Daisy Pass. Crown is at least a few feet. 

Forecaster note: The paths immediately to the left and right of this slope avalanched with a snowmobile trigger on 2/13. Photos and video are here: https://www.mtavalanche.com/node/24256


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Cooke City
Hayden Creek
Deep avalanche on wind loaded slope near Cooke
Incident details include images
Hayden Creek
HS-N-R2-D2.5
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.9952, -109.9080
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skiers saw this slide in Hayden Creek on 2/25/21. It appeared up to 3-6' deep and 200' wide. ENE aspect at 9,800' elev.


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Cooke City
Wolverine Peak
Cornice triggered avalanche on Wolverine Peak
Incident details include images
Wolverine Peak
HS-NC-R2-D2
Elevation: 10,500
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0530, -110.0100
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0
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Photos- Cooke City Area

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  • From email: "I saw some older slab avalanches on The Thunderer mountain, in northeast YNP (observed today). These avalanches happened on westerly aspects around 9700'. I'd hypothesize that they happened in correlation with the very strong westerly winds that happened around Feb. 21-22." Photo: B Fredlund

  • From email: "I saw some older slab avalanches on The Thunderer mountain, in northeast YNP (observed today). These avalanches happened on westerly aspects around 9700'. I'd hypothesize that they happened in correlation with the very strong westerly winds that happened around Feb. 21-22." Photo: B Fredlund

  • This avalanche likely release naturally Sunday night (2/28). Photo: C. Tuholske

  • This avalanche was triggered by a snowmobiler on Saturday (2/27). Photo: C. Tuholske

  • Skiers saw this slide in Hayden Creek on 2/25/21. It appeared up to 4-6' deep and 200' wide. ENE aspect at 9,800' elev. Photo from IG: @vt.to.mt

  • Skiers saw this slide in Hayden Creek on 2/25/21. Photo from IG: @vt.to.mt

  • Skiers saw this slide in Hayden Creek on 2/25/21. Photo from IG: @vt.to.mt

  • Avalanches seen on windloaded slopes in Hayden Creek. Likely broke 2/21 or 2/22.

    Photo: M. Simone

  • This natural avalanche on the SE shoulder of Mt Abundance avalanches regularly from wind-loading. Photo: S. Strenge

  • This avalanche on the east face of Wolverine Peak outside Cooke City was triggered by a cornice on 24 February. Although it did not propagate wide, it ran far. Photo: S. Strenge

  • A natural wind slab avalanche beneath a cornice on Henderson Mountain, near Cooke City. It appears to have broken at the new-old interface, 2-3 ft deep and ~300 ft wide. Likely ran overnight on Monday 2/22/21 or early morning Tuesday 2/23/21. 

    Photo: GNFAC

  • A skier saw this natural avalanche at 9,000' on the east side of Republic Mountain on Tuesday, 2/23. Photo: J. Dobronyi

  • Snowmobile triggered slide on Crown Butte, outside Cooke City. 2/18/2021

  • Snowmobile triggered slide on Crown Butte, outside Cooke City. 2/18/2021

  • Wind-slab avalanche on the shoulder of Fisher Mtn. at about 10,000' elevation. This is the likely type of avalanche and type of location for slides in Cooke City right now. Photo: GNFAC

  • From FB: "Saw recent wind slab natural on NW facing start zone of tube south of Titanic. Ran into titanic approximately 500' vertical where tubes join. D2 in size. No other signs of instabilities noted." Photo: B. Zavora

  • A group of riders noticed this avalanche on the NE side of Scotch Bonnet on Saturday, 2/13. It likely occurred the day before. Photo: K. Yates

  • This avalanche on the northeast side of Scotch Bonnet observed on 2/13. The slide likely occurred on Feb 11 or 12. Photo: R. DeSilva

  • From obs: "Large avalanche from Feb 3-7 cycle in Pidex Bowl. Large avalanche from the same cycle that ran full track in the main Rip Curl gully. Wind slab released on the steep slope above, 15' tall trees are pushed over, and it ran all the way to the bottom of the run." Photo: N. Hance

  • This avalanche was snowmobile triggered on Saturday, 2/13/2021, near Daisy Pass. Its a steep, SE facing slope. Photo: GNFAC

  • This small avalanche was snowmobile triggered on Saturday, 2/13/2021, near Daisy Pass. Its a steep, SE facing slope. Photo: GNFAC

  • This large natural avalanche crown was observed 2/13/21 and likely broke between 2/9 and 2/11 when the area received 3-4 feet of heavy snow followed by strong wind. Photo: Z. Peterson

  • From email on 2/11: "interesting Av. activity in a Central Park - mid-lower Woody. This is an area that cross-loads like crazy, so it's not surprising to see slides, but the extent was impressive; essentially, slides propagated across the entire zone. These are all mid-slope ~9,000-9,200'"

    Photo: J. Logan

  • From email on 2/11: "interesting Av. activity in a Central Park - mid-lower Woody. This is an area that cross-loads like crazy, so it's not surprising to see slides, but the extent was impressive; essentially, slides propagated across the entire zone. These are all mid-slope ~9,000-9,200'"

    Photo: J. Logan

  • This natural avalanche occurred on a wind loaded, NE aspect above Henderson Bench outside Cooke City on (likely Feb 8 or 9). Wind-loading has been the main avalanche concern. Photo: Z. Peterson

  • This large avalanche on the SE face of Mt Abundance, north of Cooke City, released naturally in the last 48 hours. In the photo you can see the fingers of windblown snow from strong westerly wind. Photo: S. Strenge

  • The main gully on town hill went naturally last night (2/9) with a 3-4' crown. Photo: B. Zavora

  • A natural storm slab avalanche on a wind-loaded slope west of Cooke City. Photo: B Fredlund

  • A natural storm slab avalanche on a wind-loaded slope west of Cooke City. Photo: B Fredlund

  • From email: "Many, many collapses, with one that was about an acre in size, with cracks 30 yards away, and several house size. Loudest was after we had turned around, and 2nd skier started down - a very loud sharp crack, followed by rumbling. But low enough angle that nothing went." Photo: T Parrie

  • Riders east of Cooke City noted a couple of recent avalanches of Hwy 212 east of Cooke City and just west of the state line. Photo: N Gaddy

  • From obs: "Skiers traveling on South facing slope at 9,100ft elevation ascending Miller Trees remote triggered from skin track (second lap) a wind slab on a steeper East facing slope that slid to gully floor and out to Sheep Creek. Westerly wind was blowing with gusts carrying snow to load the east-facing side of the gully. Crown was approximately 4ft at the crest of the gully’s slope. Cracking visible in the photo from skin track traveled up to crown 50yrds away. Pit dug at similar elevation on South facing slope yielded slight cracking within the storm slab but no propagation (ECT16N)." Photo: Anonymous

  • Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Photo: B. Fredlund

  • A 100’ wide by 12”-24” deep avalanche was triggered by a skier on a North East aspect of Woody Ridge at 9000’. Skier was carried and partially buried after arresting on a tree. Photo: Anon

  • A large avalanche failed naturally on January 30th. It broke deep in the snowpack on a layer of weak facets. Photo:L B. Fredlund

  • Skiers northwest of Cooke City observed many new slab avalanches on all aspects from mid to upper elevations. Some stepped down onto older persistent weak layers. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Skiers northwest of Cooke City observed many new slab avalanches on all aspects from mid to upper elevations. Some stepped down onto older persistent weak layers. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Skiers northwest of Cooke City observed many new slab avalanches on all aspects from mid to upper elevations. Some like this one stepped down onto older persistent weak layers. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • A large avalanche failed naturally on January 30th. It broke deep in the snowpack on a layer of weak facets. Photo: T Parrie

Videos- Cooke City Area

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Soda Butte Lodge, looking East

Weather Forecast Cooke City Area

Extended Forecast for

2 Miles NNE Cooke City MT

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 36. West southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 36 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 13. West northwest wind around 7 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 13 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 42. North northeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west in the morning.

    Sunny

    High: 42 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. West wind around 7 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 16 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 38. West southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 38 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 22 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 43 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

    Slight Chance
    Snow then
    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 19 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 34 °F

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