Regional Conditions for Northern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Nov 290″ | 15-20 W
Nov 28 0″ | 15-35 W
Nov 27 0″ | 20-30 W
9980′     11/30 at 00:00
30.6℉
SW - 18mph
Gusts 27mph
8100′   11/30 at 0:00
19℉
22″ Depth
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

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Sat Nov 14

None
Thu Nov 19

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Thu Nov 26

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Fri Nov 27

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Avalanche Activity- Northern Gallatin

Photos- Northern Gallatin

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  • Watch the video HERE!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Snow distribution high in the Northern Gallatin Range on October 19th. 

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • October snow drifting on Mt. Blackmore after heavy snowfall and strong west winds on October 19th.

    Photo: G. Antonioli

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

  • Snow on Lone Mtn. on the morning of October 14th. 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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Bozeman Pass, Looking SE

Weather Forecast Northern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

14 Miles SE Gallatin Gateway MT

  • Overnight

    Overnight: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. South wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 16 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as zero. South southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

    Increasing
    Clouds

    High: 29 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow after 2am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. West wind around 13 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 14 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 20. West wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    then Mostly
    Sunny

    High: 20 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 9. West southwest wind around 8 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 9 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 22. West northwest wind around 7 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 22 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 11. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

    Clear

    Low: 11 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 30. South southwest wind around 9 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 30 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 17.

    Clear

    Low: 17 °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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