Trip Planning for Southern Madison

as of 5:00 am
May 12″ | NA
Apr 30 1″ | NA
Apr 29 2″ | NA
9460′     03/26 at 10:00
16.2℉
NW - 10mph
Gusts 19 mph
9000′     06/15 at 23:00
35℉
2″ 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. Plenty of snowfall over the winter with more spring snow to come makes avalanches possible into summer.

Past 5 Days

Fri Apr 19

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Mon Apr 22

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Fri Apr 26

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Mon Apr 29

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Thu May 2

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Relevant Photos

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  • From obs 5/23/24: "shooting cracks in the top 4 to 5 inches of new snow in middle basin" Photo: N. Greiner

  • From obs 5/23/24: "Toured to the top of PK during today’s storm. Snow was very wet and heavy. We saw no other slides or signs of instability on the way up. Coming down skiers right of flippers, all 3 of us caused small slides and cracking within the new snow. I triggered the largest slide, which was 6-8” deep and 12’ wide." Photo: T. Jordan

  • On 5/4/24 Skiers triggered large wet loose slides on the Fin near Cooke City

  • Wet slide to the ground above Quake Lake. Photo: K Kramer

  • Skiers unintentionally triggered this cornice above the south face of the Sphinx. No one was caught. Photo: Anonymous

  • There was a full-depth wet slab avalanche that broke last week during the warm-up on Lightning Ridge. GNFAC

     

  • We saw one new wind-slab avalanche in Sunlight Basin. It was small. From a distance, it appeared to be about 6" deep and 30' across (R1-D1). GNFAC

  • Spring cornices are growing very large above many wind-loaded slopes. GNFAC

  • We rode from Taylor Fork through Cabin Creek on March 17. We saw a few recent slab avalanches that happened after the last snowfall, and some recent natural wet loose avalanches, and a cornice fall. Photo: GNFAC

  • We rode from Taylor Fork through Cabin Creek on March 17. We saw a few recent slab avalanches that happened after the last snowfall, and some recent natural wet loose avalanches, and a cornice fall. Photo: GNFAC

  • We rode from Taylor Fork through Cabin Creek on March 17. We saw a few recent slab avalanches that happened after the last snowfall, and some recent natural wet loose avalanches, and a cornice fall. Photo: GNFAC

  • We rode from Taylor Fork through Cabin Creek on March 17. We saw a few recent slab avalanches that happened after the last snowfall, and some recent natural wet loose avalanches, and a cornice fall. Photo: GNFAC

  • A natural or human-triggered avalanche near the skin track at Bacon Rind. Photo: GNFAC

  • A natural or human-triggered avalanche near the skin track at Bacon Rind. Photo: GNFAC

  • Deep shooting cracks near an avalanche at Bacon Rind. Photo: GNFAC

  • We rode into Tepee Basin and saw two recent avalanches on 3/2/24. This one looked like it maybe happened yesterday, on a heavily wind-loaded slope below some cornices, 2-2.5' deep and 250-300' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • We rode into Tepee Basin and saw two recent avalanches on 3/2/24. One looked like it happened this morning on a treed ridgeline, 1-1.5' deep 150-200' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • Skiers on 03/02/2024 saw a natural avalanche on an east-facing slope and broke 3-4' deep and 100' wide. This avalanche likely happened in the last 24 hours. Photo: A. Faulkner

     

  • We noted a relatively small avalanche on the wall of Sage Basin that failed naturally within the storm snow. Photo: GNFAC

  • Skiers on 02/22/2024 observed an old avalanche that appeared to of been natural that happened sometime last week near 02/15 -02/16. Photo: H. Bigos-Lowe

  • The skillet slid sometime recently. Based on the snow on top I'm guessing Thursday-Friday last week (Feb 15-16th), but it could have happened up to a week earlier. Broke ~2 ft deep, 150 ft wide, and it was hard to tell how far it ran, but I'm estimating 200 vertical feet. Photo: GNFAC

  • From IG: 2 avalanches from either this morning or yesterday at the bottom of Skyline ridge 2’ at the crown

  • From FB 02/17/24: "Observed runout debris from a small avalanche on a south facing forested slope in Upper Tepee Basin. Shows avalanches can occur through forested areas." Photo: C. Sexton

  • From obs: "We observed another, probably rider triggered avalanche in Wapiti Creek that broke on old snow near the ground ~2 feet deep and ~60ft across." Photo: S. Jett

  • From obs: "We observed large natural avalanches from afar on the west side of Snowslide Mountain. We observed these from a few miles away and were probably several feet deep and a few hundred feet wide." Photo: S. Jett

  • From obs: "We observed large natural avalanches from afar on...the east aspect of a peak south of Woodward Mountain. We observed these from a few miles away and were probably several feet deep and a few hundred feet wide." Photo: S. Jett

  • Natural avalanche in Sunlight Basin. Photo taken 2/14/24. Slide appeared to be a few days old. Photo Credit: GNFAC

  • Avalanche in Sage Basin that appeared likely to have been remotely triggered by a snowmobiler from ~100 ft away. Photo taken 2/14/24. Slide was fresh, likely broke yesterday, 2/13/24. Photo Credit: GNFAC

  • Natural avalanche in Sage Basin. Photo taken 2/14/24. Slide appeared to be a few days old. Photo Credit: GNFAC

  • Natural avalanche in Sage Basin. Photo taken 2/14/24. Slide appeared to be a few days old. Photo Credit: GNFAC

  • An overview photo of the 3/4 mile wide avalanche in Tepee Basin. Photo: A. Vaughn

  • Photo of a natural avalanche that was reported on 02/09/2024. Photo taken on 02/10/2024. Photo: Z. Peterson

  • Photo of a natural avalanche that was reported on 02/09/2024. Photo taken on 02/10/2024. Photo: Z. Peterson

  • A portion of the debris pile from a rider triggered an avalanche on 02/07/2024. This avalanche broke 3/4 of a mile wide and had multiple large piles of debris with this being one of the largest. 

  • The contiuation of the crown of an avalanche that was remotely triggered by a rider on 02/07. This was a very wide avalanche that broke 3/4 of a mile long, 3-4' deep. Photo: GNFAC

  • The crown of an avalanche that was remotely triggered by a rider on 02/07. This was a very wide avalanche that broke 3/4 of a mile long, 3-4' deep. Photo: GNFAC

  • This crack opened up above our snowpit as we made our exit away from the steeper terrain of the "Skillet" run toward low-angle trees. Photo: GNFAC

  • We triggered booming collapses and watched cracks shoot out across terrain features and snow shake off nearby trees for the entirety of our tour from the meadow near the car to the top of the Skillet. Photo: GNFAC

  • From obs: "We heard numerous large-scale collapses and witnessed the development of propagating tensile fractures on a 20°-25° slope along the skin track.... We skied this location 4 times this week. Each time, we experienced collapsing and fracturing within the snowpack. and stuck to skiing conservative, low-angle lines." Photo: T. Kalakay

  • We saw multiple old avalanches that happened sometime in the last week, likely near the end of the last storm. Photo: GNFAC

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Weather Forecast Southern Madison

Extended Forecast for

20 Miles S Big Sky MT

Winter Storm Watch June 17, 06:00pm until June 19, 12:00amClick here for hazard details and duration Winter Storm Watch
  • Overnight

    Overnight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    Low: 29 °F

    Mostly Cloudy

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. South southwest wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

    High: 52 °F

    Mostly Sunny

  • Sunday Night

    Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. South southwest wind 9 to 18 mph becoming east after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.

    Low: 35 °F

    Mostly Cloudy
    then Slight
    Chance Snow
    Showers

  • Monday

    Monday: Snow showers, mainly after noon. Some thunder is also possible.  High near 43. East wind 8 to 18 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    High: 43 °F

    Chance Snow
    Showers then
    Snow Showers

  • Monday Night

    Monday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before midnight. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Low: 27 °F

    Snow Showers
    Likely

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible.  Partly sunny, with a high near 44. West southwest wind around 9 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    High: 44 °F

    Chance Snow
    Showers

  • Tuesday Night

    Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. West southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

    Low: 29 °F

    Partly Cloudy

  • Juneteenth

    Juneteenth: A slight chance of showers after noon.  Sunny, with a high near 55. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

    High: 55 °F

    Sunny then
    Slight Chance
    Showers

  • Wednesday Night

    Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

    Low: 36 °F

    Partly Cloudy

The Last Word

We began daily forecasts on December 7. 130 daily forecasts and 464 reported avalanches later, we wrapped up our daily forecasting season on April 14th. Read our SEASON SUMMARY to look back at the 2023-24 avalanche forecasting season.

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 support from the community and the Forest Service. Have a safe spring and summer!

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