Regional Conditions for Bridgers

as of 5:00 am
Apr 304″ | N/A
Apr 29 2″ | N/A
Apr 28 3″ | N/A
8100′     4/04 at 11:00
39 ℉
0.0″New
8500′   at 1100
33 ℉
W - 17 mph
Gusts 22mph
Bottom Line: Avalanches will be mostly confined to new snow that falls. Shallow wet slides are possible if rain or warm temperatures melt the snow surface. Anticipate new snow stability to decrease with wind, sun or above freezing temperatures. Be aware of deeper wet slides if the snowpack doesn’t freeze overnight, or if there is heavy rain. Now is just as important as ever to be diligent with snowpack assessment and choose terrain carefully. See our forecast page for general spring snowpack and travel advice.

Past 5 Days

Fri Apr 19

None
Mon Apr 22

None
Fri Apr 26

None
Mon Apr 29

None
Thu May 2

None

Avalanche Activity- Bridgers

Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Skier triggered slide on Blackmore
Incident details include images
Mt Blackmore
SS-ASc-R2-D2-I
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.4451, -111.0040
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

 From e-mail: "A ski cut at the top of the slope produced a soft slab avalanche (R2 D2 SS). The crown was 10" deep and 60' wide. Several other skiers had skied a line to the skiers right of our route with no obvious signs of instability or avalanches. No natural avalanches were observed with the exception of some small wet point release slides on the E face of Mt Blackmore."


More Avalanche Details

Photos- Bridgers

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  • Skiers triggered this avalanche on the north face of Mt. Blackmore on Sunday June 9th. Photo: C. Pruden

  • Skiers triggered this avalanche on the north face of Mt. Blackmore on Sunday June 9th. Photo: C. Pruden

  • Natural wet slabs were widespread on Fan Mtn. near Big Sky during the week of 5/13-5/16. Photo: E. Mullen

  • This natural wet slab slid early this week, Monday (5/13) or early Tuesday (5/14), near Beehive Peak. This photo was taken 0745 Tuesday morning. Photo: @cfirer

  • Debris from a wet slab that released naturally Tuesday evening on saddle Peak. Debris ran very far into the runout compared to similar sized dry slabs that often occur on this path. "South side of 1/4 Saddle slid sometime last night. Looks like cornice drop then step down to near ground. Hi yesterday at Alpine was 62." -R. Elliott/BBSP

  • This wet slab released naturally Tuesday evening on saddle Peak. "South side of 1/4 Saddle slid sometime last night. Looks like cornice drop then step down to near ground. Hi yesterday at Alpine was 62." -R. Elliott/BBSP

  • "South side of the Glide Plane released as a glide avalanche last evening (May 12th) sometime around 6 pm according to source. Bed surface was ground in starting zone of wet clay soil sparsely covered in long grass.  Debris chunks, some snowmobile sized, rode up on surface and slid approx. 200 vert.  Debris could have bumped a tower on the old Alpine lift if it still lived there. Last freeze was 6 am on the 10th of May.  The high temperature on the 12th was 59 degrees at 4 pm." Photo and observations: BBSP

  • Photo: BBSP

  • "South side of the Glide Plane released as a glide avalanche last evening (May 12th) sometime around 6 pm according to source. Bed surface was ground in starting zone of wet clay soil sparsely covered in long grass.  Debris chunks, some snowmobile sized, rode up on surface and slid approx. 200 vert.  Debris could have bumped a tower on the old Alpine lift if it still lived there. Last freeze was 6 am on the 10th of May.  The high temperature on the 12th was 59 degrees at 4 pm." Photo and observartions: BBSP

  • "South side of the Glide Plane released as a glide avalanche last evening (May 12th) sometime around 6 pm according to source. Bed surface was ground in starting zone of wet clay soil sparsely covered in long grass.  Debris chunks, some snowmobile sized, rode up on surface and slid approx. 200 vert.  Debris could have bumped a tower on the old Alpine lift if it still lived there. Last freeze was 6 am on the 10th of May.  The high temperature on the 12th was 59 degrees at 4 pm." Photo and observartions: BBSP

  • "South side of the Glide Plane released as a glide avalanche last evening (May 12th) sometime around 6 pm according to source. Bed surface was ground in starting zone of wet clay soil sparsely covered in long grass.  Debris chunks, some snowmobile sized, rode up on surface and slid approx. 200 vert.  Debris could have bumped a tower on the old Alpine lift if it still lived there. Last freeze was 6 am on the 10th of May.  The high temperature on the 12th was 59 degrees at 4 pm." Photo and observartions: BBSP

  • Skiers found fresh wind slabs that were easily triggered on Saturday 4/27 near Beehive Basin in the northern Madison Range. Photo: E. Birkeland

  • Skiers easily triggered loose snow avalanches of the 3-5” of new snow. This morning (4/27) on the Bridger Ridge. Photo: @smooneyski

  • Skiers easily triggered loose snow avalanches of the 3-5” of new snow. This morning (4/27) on the Bridger Ridge. Photo: @smooneyski

  • This crown was observed on 4/18/19 on a slope that previously had a glide crack. It probably broke during heavy rain on 4/7-4/8. Photo: GNFAC

  • This wet slab crown was observed on 4/18/19 on the west side of the Bridger Range, and it likely ran during heavy rain on 4/7-4/8. Photo: GNFAC

  • This slide occurred around 1400hrs on 4/19/19 with sunshine and temps above 50 F. Photo: GNFAC

  • Activity from 4/19/19. Photo: GNFAC

  • Activity from 4/19/19. Photo: GNFAC

  • Activity from 4/19/19. Photo: GNFAC

  • Activity from 4/19/19. Photo: GNFAC

  • Wet loose slides ran naturally on 4/18 on northeast through south aspects in the Bridger range. Photo: GNFAC

  • Wet loose slides ran naturally on 4/18 on northeast through south aspects in the Bridger range. (Screenshot of BBowl webcam).

  • Photo: GNFAC

  • Photo: GNFAC

  • Photo: GNFAC

  • Skiers saw this crown on Saturday (4/13) in the N. Bridgers. Photo: M. Gaffney

  • Recent spring snow has created instabilities that are confined to within the new snow. Areas such as ridgelines where fresh drifts form should be approached with caution. Cornices and fresh wind slabs should be avoided after fresh snow and/or strong wind. Photo. M. Gaffney

  • Photo: GNFAC

  • From e-mail on 4/11/19: "We found reactive storm slabs and touchy windslabs near ridgelines. We kicked off a small windslab in 4th of July from the top of the couloir. Attached is a photo of the crown to give you a depth perspective. It was about 6 feet across and 3-4 inches deep."

  • Heavy rain on Monday produced a widespread wet loose avalanche cycle in the Bridger Range. Photo: GNFAC 

  • Snowpit dug at Bridger Bowl on Monday (4/8). Heavy snow and rain are creating dangerous avalanche conditions. Photo: BBSP

  • Below 3-5" of new snow there is a supportable frozen crust on top of a wet snowpack on most slopes. Avalanches are mostly confined to the new snow on top of this crust (wet loose, dry loose, wind slabs). However, where the snowpack did not freeze below the new snow, or when this crust melts, deeper wet slides are possible. Photo: GNFAC

  • A glide crack (the "frown" of dirt in the middle of the image) has opened up on the SE face of the Throne, in the Northern Bridger Range. Photo taken 4/1/2019.

    Photo credit: GNFAC

  • Snowmobile-triggered slide near Fairy Lake on Saturday (3/30). New snow was drifted into small wind slabs that may remain reactive in isolated areas.  Photo: P. Cronin

  • Two pits on the west side of Saddle peak. They were dug relatively close to each other, but subtle changes in aspect and elevation resulted in very different conditions. North-facing slopes remain cold and dry for now, while anything that is in the sun is transitioning to a springtime snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • Skiers triggered this wet slab avalanche on Saturday afternoon (3/23). Warm sunny days have weakened the snowpack and made wet avalanches possible. Photo: G. Egnew

  • Skiers triggered this wet slab avalanche on Saturday afternoon (3/23). Warm sunny days have weakened the snowpack and made wet avalanches possible. Photo: G. Egnew

  • Debris pile from the smaller of two wet slab avalanches on the south-facing chutes off of Texas Meadows. P: A. Schauer

Videos- Bridgers

Weather Forecast Bridgers

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles NNE Bozeman MT

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

    Slight Chance
    T-storms

    High: 63 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming east in the evening.  Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    Chance
    T-storms then
    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 44 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: A slight chance of rain before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 50%.

    Slight Chance
    Rain then
    Chance
    T-storms

    High: 59 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. East wind around 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    Chance
    Showers then
    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 43 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. East wind 8 to 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%.

    Mostly Sunny
    then Showers
    Likely

    High: 60 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    Chance
    Showers then
    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 45 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

    Mostly Sunny
    then Chance
    T-storms

    High: 63 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

    Chance
    T-storms then
    Mostly Clear

    Low: 45 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy.

    Sunny then
    Mostly Sunny
    and Breezy

    High: 62 °F

The Last Word

Have a safe and enjoyable spring and summer. See you when the flakes start to fly next Fall! -Doug, Eric, Alex and Ian