Regional Conditions for Northern Madison

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 5-15 W
Nov 28 0″ | 20-35 WSW
Nov 27 0″ | 10-20 WSW
9400′     11/29 at 23:00
22 ℉
SW - 15 mph, Gusts 20
0 " New
8880′   11/29 at 23:00
14″ 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

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Avalanche Activity- Northern Madison

Photos- Northern Madison

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  • Watch the video HERE!

  • The Big Sky Community Organization and Friends of GNFAC upgraded the beacon checker at Beehive Basin to be solar powered. This allowed the checker to be moved up the trail where it intercepts users from both parking lots, rather than just the one parking lot where it was previously located. Photo: Jeff MacPherson/BSCO

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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


8800 Camera, Lone Peak view

Golf Course

Yellowstone Club, Timberline Chair

Weather Forecast Northern Madison

Extended Forecast for

5 Miles NNW Big Sky MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -5. South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 10 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 3pm.  Increasing clouds, with a high near 24. Wind chill values as low as -5. South wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Sunny then
    Chance Snow

    High: 24 °F

  • Monday

    Monday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -5. West wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Likely
    then Chance

    Low: 11 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -5. West northwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow then
    Mostly Sunny

    High: 16 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 6. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 6 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 19. West northwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.


    High: 19 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 9. South southwest wind around 9 mph.


    Low: 9 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 26. Southwest wind around 10 mph.


    High: 26 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 15.


    Low: 15 °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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