Regional Conditions for Northern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Apr 270″ | N/A
Apr 26 0″ | N/A
Apr 25 0″ | N/A
9980′     03/22 at 13:00
41.0℉
S - 0mph
Gusts 8mph
8100′   08/05 at 9:00
60℉
0″ Depth
Bottom Line: Spring weather can be highly variable and create a mix of avalanche problems to watch out for. Snow conditions and snow stability can change drastically from day to day or hour to hour. Anticipate rapid change and plan accordingly. Abundant snowfall over the winter with more spring snow to come makes avalanches possible into summer.

Past 5 Days

Fri Apr 17

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Mon Apr 20

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Fri Apr 24

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Mon Apr 27

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Sat May 2

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Avalanche Activity- Northern Gallatin

Photos- Northern Gallatin

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  • Photo: K. McKinstry

  • This year's report documents all the work we did this past winter. You can read or download a report HERE.

     

  • "...some wet slides from Tuesday/Wednesday (5/26-5/27) up W Fork Rock Creek." Photo: S. Magro

  • From (5/17/20): "...WS - ASu - R3 - D2 - I SE face of Middle Basin Peak starting at 10,000' Estimated SZ of 30° Slab depth of about 8". We were out too late in the day and chose to ignore a number of observational warnings. We were lucky and remotely triggered the avalanche below us."

  • A very large natural wet slab ran on the afternoon of 5/19 at the Yellowstone Club. (Screenshot from the Y.C. Timberline chair webcam)

  • From obs: "Here are a few snaps from yesterday (5/2/20), looking into the Absaroka from up on Emigrant. Fair bit of smaller, pockety wet slab activity in steep, rocky terrain near the middle/upper transition. I didn't see anything larger than D2 or any activity in true upper elevation terrain." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • From obs: "Here are a few snaps from yesterday (5/2/20), looking into the Absaroka from up on Emigrant. Fair bit of smaller, pockety wet slab activity in steep, rocky terrain near the middle/upper transition. I didn't see anything larger than D2 or any activity in true upper elevation terrain." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • From obs (5/3/20): "N facing gulley, probably similar results from the Pine Creek avalanche posted on 4/29. Avalanche appears to be natural and possibly a couple days old. Ran about 400’ wide in the cone and damned up the creek with massive cement-like debris. There were more similar avalanches on N facing aspects the more I traveled. The skinning was isothermic and sloppy as each step fell through the snowpack to the ground"

  • From e-mail (5/1/20): "...the mountains are coming unglued with the 4 nights of no freeze and heavy rain.  My party ventured up pine creek to take a look and found this big one that ran either yesterday or last night. 

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  • From obs (4/26/20): "....a wet slide from a n-ne couloir up mission creek near elephant head in the absarokas between 10-11:30 this morning. Snow did not freeze over last night and was heavily saturated early this morning before the sun rose." Photo: @laura_delray

  • All surfaces except the upper North faces were getting wet and sticky. We observed lots of wet loose avalanches actively happening on SE-E facing slopes. We found some cold buffy snow on north-facing slopes, not amazing skiing. There was one small crown on a steep East facing slope that looked to be from the most recent storm but everything else was loose wet. Small wind slabs from the last snow seemed to be glued down today. Photo: S. Jonas

  • From IG obs (4/19/20): "Saw quite a few natural wet slides back in Middle Basin over the past two days, April 17-18. Witnessed several break loose naturally after about 2pm on anything from SW to SE slopes." Photo: @joshpelczar

  • From obs.: "This slide appeared to have happened a few days prior to when we observed it on the 16th. When we skied the skiable terrain at Dudley Creek the snowpack was stable, though snow coverage was thin." Photo: A. Pessl

  • Fresh drifts broke naturally along the ridgeline which became long running wet slides. 4/17/20. Photo: GNFAC

  • Fresh drifts broke naturally along the ridgeline which became long running wet slides. 4/17/20. Photo: GNFAC

  • Pinwheels of snow indicate the surface is wet and losing strength. These were observed at Bridger on 4/17/20, caused by a skier crossing above. Photo: A. Crawford

  • From obs.(4/17/20): "Today while skiing at the Playground in the Bridgers my party triggered a wet slab on an ESE 33 degree slope at 7,700' (HS-ASu-R1-D1-I). No one was caught or injured. We decided to turn around as the sun was roasting the snow at 11:45 a.m., and picked a low angle slope to ski back to the trail. Skier 2 descended and popped out a slab about 10" thick and 50' wide, but the slide was slow moving at first and he was able to ski away. The slide gained momentum pretty quickly and ran powerfully about 250' down the slope." Photo: M. Talty

  • From obs (4/12/20): "While on a tour today up Wheeler, I was able to release a small dry loose slide on a N. aspect at 7500 feet. The slide was about 8 inches deep and only ran for 100 feet." Photo: Tommy S

  • Fresh wind slabs were triggered around a foot thick in Beehive Basin on Sunday 4/12/20. Photo: @jakobechacon

  • Fresh wind slabs were triggered around a foot thick in Beehive Basin on Sunday 4/12/20. Photo: @jakobechacon

  • From IG message (4/10/20): "Huge cornice release on north face of Blackmore today around 11am. North face was not hot yet but I am guessing the rocks on the back side transferred the heat?" Photo: @graeme.emerson

  • From IG message (4/10/20): "Huge cornice release on north face of Blackmore today around 11am. North face was not hot yet but I am guessing the rocks on the back side transferred the heat?" Photo: @graeme.emerson

  • Photo: L. Ippolito

  • From obs (4/8/20): "My partner and I noticed this slide as we summited 10602 at approximately 10:30am, which is when I took the first photo and was able to capture the full runout. After our descent of the peak, we skinned back up to the slide to get a better look (the second photo). The slide appeared approximately a day old, with a crown 1-2 feet deep, on an almost directly north-facing aspect at 10200" elevation. It broke right along the rocks that had heated up in the sun, and was around 200-300 feet at its widest. We did not get close enough to determine which layer failed (suspected wind from the heavy wind-crust in the neighboring area), but the debris at the bottom indicated it was a wet slide." Photo: L. Ippolito

  • Triggered by sledders on Saturday (4/4/20). Photo: @scottmooney

  • Cornice triggered avalanches in Mundy's Bowl at Bridger Bowl. Unsure if natural or skier triggered from the ridgeline. Observed the morning of 4/5/20. Appear to be dry slab/loose. Photo: T. Gittins

  • From email (4/4/2020): "...HS 215cm - ECTP19@165cm on preserved 4-7mm surface hoar... Also found a whole variety of crusts in the slab above the propagation from the frequent recent warm ups it seems... Kept it low angle with the surface hoar lingering..." Photo: Z. Miller

  • Close up of a crystal from the surface hoar layer buried 2-3 feet deep north of Bridger Bowl and throughout most of the advisory area.

    From 4/3/20: "I dug a quick pit at ~7450’ on a protected east 36 degree slope - HS 240cm...ECTP18@175 on 3-6mm preserved surface hoar (photos -1mm grid)... All results repeated identically in a second ECT... Seeing the reactive SH layer I opted out of skiing anything that had a distinct rollover or was steeper..." Photo: Z. Miller

  • From obs 4/4/20: "Avalanche, 4th of July Couloir, Beehive. No person was caught. A dog was caught but not buried. Crown between 2 and 5 inches, based on cracking depth during ascent and pictures. Runout aproximately 120x40 yards. Estimated using gaia gps."

  • From obs 4/4/20: "Avalanche, 4th of July Couloir, Beehive. No person was caught. A dog was caught but not buried. Crown between 2 and 5 inches, based on cracking depth during ascent and pictures. Runout aproximately 120x40 yards. Estimated using gaia gps."

  • From obs. 4/4/20: "Avalanche today up portal creek. 2 1/2 ft crown and 4 - 5 ft runout. Triggered by snowmobile. Everyone was safe!"

  • A skier triggered this avalanche on Saddle Peak on Thursday, April 2. No one was caught. It appears to have broken under the new snow. Big avalanches in big terrain are usually unsurvivable.  Photo: GNFAC

  • Observed this slide on 4/2/2020. Appeared to be skier triggered today or yesterday. Photo: GNFAC

  • The annual fundraiser, Give Big Gallatin Valley, will be held 6 p.m. on April 30 to 6 p.m. May 1. The Friends of the Avalanche Center are participating again this year!

  • This tree near the north ridge shows no signs of wind during the storm. Photo: PC

  • "I skied near Quake Lake today, and observed several signs that the snowpack has not adjusted to this last storm yet. While ascending, several drifts collapsed under my weight, and I observed a very recent natural slide on a wind-loaded, east facing slope at about 9200'." Photo: Sam Reinsel

  • We dug this pit adjacent to a snowmobiler triggered avalanche. It broke on the surface hoar layer which is located at the top blue crystal card. The bottom card denotes the larger grains of facets that formed early in the winter. Photo: GNFAC

  • This surface hoar crystal is almost 1.5 cm (each square is 2mm) and was the weak layer in a few avalanches on Buck Ridge (3/29/20). Photo: GNFAC

  • There were many tracks in Buck Ridge and only a few small slides in First Yellowmule. This picture is looking SW towards Sphinx Mountain. Feathery crystals of surface hoar are buried 1-1.5' under the surface and are a concern. This layer seems to be more prevalent in protected areas. Photo: GNFAC

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Weather Forecast Northern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

14 Miles SE Gallatin Gateway MT

  • Today

    Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

    Sunny then
    Chance
    T-storms

    High: 70 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Slight Chance
    T-storms then
    Mostly Clear

    Low: 52 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 8 to 10 mph.

    Mostly Sunny
    then Chance
    T-storms

    High: 73 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind around 8 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    Chance
    Showers then
    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 51 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Mostly Sunny
    then Chance
    Showers

    High: 65 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. West northwest wind around 7 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 47 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 68 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 48 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

    Sunny

    High: 68 °F

The Last Word

Thank you to everyone that sent in observations, read the advisories, took an avalanche class or donated money, time or gear. Our success is directly related to community support and the Forest Service. Have a safe and enjoyable spring and summer. See you next Fall!