Trip Planning for Cooke City Area

as of 5:00 am
Apr 302″ | 15-30 NW
Apr 29 3″ | 10-25 SW
Apr 28 6″ | 10-25 SW
10,000′     05/25 at 10:00
31.8℉
W - 10mph
Gusts 22mph
9100′   05/25 at 10:00
43℉
82″ 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

Mon Apr 18

None
Fri Apr 22

None
Mon Apr 25

None
Fri Apr 29

None
Mon May 2

None

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Many natural storm snow slab avalanches at Bridger
Incident details include images
Bridger Bowl
SS-N-R2-D1.5-S
Elevation: 7,500
Coordinates: 45.8156, -110.9230
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

There were many similar depth, 8-12" natural crowns along the ridge that broke this morning or overnight within the recent snow that fell over the weekend.


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Cooke City
Crown Butte
Natural wet slab on Crown Butte
Incident details include images
Crown Butte
WS-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: NW
Coordinates: 45.0525, -109.9620
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Natural slab avalanche on Crown Butte. Appears to be a wet slab that likely occurred 5/3 or 5/4/22. This same slope slid after a heavy snow storm a couple weeks ago on 4/23. Photo: @markass406


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Natural slab near Cooke
Incident details include images
COOKE CITY
WS-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0
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Relevant Photos

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  • From 5/15/22: "...There were some older crowns below a cornice to the north of mt fox (second photo) with slide debris that extended down the whole face (600ft). Likely slid during a storm within the last week." Photo: C. Chupik

  • From obs 5/15/22: "We saw a point release that mobilized a slab of new snow on an East facing slope off of mt fox in cooke city. The new snow had heated up considerably during the day on Sunday. There were some older crowns below a cornice to the north of mt fox (second photo) with slide debris that extended down the whole face (600ft). Likely slid during a storm within the last week." Photo: C. Chupik

  • Natural avalanche that occurred at Bridger early on 5/9/22. There were many similar depth natural crowns along the ridge that broke within the recent snow that fell over the weekend.

  • Crown of a natural avalanche that occurred at Bridger on 5/9/22. There were many similar depth natural crowns along the ridge that broke within the recent snow that fell over the weekend.

  • Natural slab avalanche on Crown Butte. Appears to be a wet slab that likely occurred 5/3 or 5/4/22. This same slope slid after a heavy snow storm on 4/23. Photo: @markass406

  • "Recent natural, slab avalanche, near Cooke City.  A northerly aspect around 9,000'.  It looks like it happened late morning yesterday, May 4th." Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Natural wet loose avalanche in Beehive Basin. Occurred on Wednesday 5/4 after new snow fell on Tuesday.

  • Wet loose snow avalanches of recent 6" of snow. They likely occurred when the sun came out Wednesday morning, or at the end of the storm on Tuesday. GNFAC

  • Avalanche on the NW face of Crown Butte. Estimated 4/24/22. Photo taken 4/25/22. Photo: M. Sirounian

  • From email: "I'd hypothesize that this avalanche might have happened sometime yesterday.  There was a light rain event on April 21, and an associated widespread (but minor) wet loose avalanche cycle on steep northerly aspects the same day.  And it appears from the photo that the slab avalanche might have happened subsequent to all the roller ball/ well loose activity.  Yesterday was very warm here also, with a high of 47 deg F at the NE Entrance at noon." B. Fredlund

  • Skiers reported shooting cracks from their skis while ascending the terrain at Bridger Bowl. The group later remotely triggered an avalanche from 100'+ away that ran through the "Pearly Gates" and "Patrol Chute". 

  • On 4/18/22 near Cooke City we witnessed natural rollerballs and pinwheels by 11 am, and a couple wet loose slides below cliffs on southerly slopes around noon, and were able to easily trigger pinwheels on west-southwest aspects around 1230-1pm. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/18/22 near Cooke City we witnessed natural rollerballs and pinwheels by 11 am, and a couple wet loose slides below cliffs on southerly slopes around noon, and were able to easily trigger pinwheels on west-southwest aspects around 1230-1pm. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/18/22 near Cooke City we witnessed natural rollerballs and pinwheels by 11 am, and a couple wet loose slides below cliffs on southerly slopes around noon, and were able to easily trigger pinwheels on west-southwest aspects around 1230-1pm. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/18/22 we saw this large natural slab on east facing Mineral Mtn. around 9,800', on a wind loaded slope below cliffs. Happened yesterday or maybe this morning. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/17/22 near Cooke City we saw a couple natural 2-4" deep, 10' wide slabs on small hills lower down (pictured); natural 6-16" slabs on heavily wind loaded slopes on east aspect of Sheep Mtn., north face of Miller and east Wolverine mostly D1-1.5 (no photos); and two skier triggered D1.5 loose snow/storm slabs on the east aspect of Miller Ridge (no photo). Photo: GNFAC

  • From obs 4/16/22: "My partner and I observed relative instability (ECTP 14) on a thick ice crust on a SW-facing slope at the base of Henderson Ridge. In addition to the propagation, there was a fracture at the new snow interface roughly 10cm deep, which was noticeably less consolidated than the snow between it and the buried sun-crust. We did not witness any cracking or whumphing along the skin track and decided to ski a similar aspect. As we quickly navigated across a steep, 33-degree slope, two small loose slides broke from under our cuts, each roughly 10' across and traveling 30'. Each of these broke on the shallower new snow that rendered a fracture in our ECT."

  • From obs 4/17/22: "Ski cut on belay a SS avalanche out of the start zone of this N facing slope in Sheep Creek basin. The crown was 4-16" deep and broke into the rocks on skier's right, as well as skirted the bottom of the rock wall skier's left. Winds along the Mineral ridge were moderate gusting strong from the south with active transport observed."

  • We saw this natural avalanche on the Fin that occurred overnight on April 17th. It was the result of new snow and strong winds over the weekend. Photo: GNFAC

  • Avalanche on Wolverine Peak. Photo taken 4/7/22. Likely broke on 4/5 or 4/6 during the storm. Photo: GNFAC

  • Avalanche on Wolverine Peak. Photo taken 4/7/22. Likely broke several days earlier, during the storm. Photo: GNFAC

  • Avalanche on Scotch Bonnet Mtn. Photo taken 4/7/22. Likely broke several days earlier, during the storm. Photo: GNFAC

  • A large drift on the Ramp just north of Bridger Bowl. Photo: GNFAC

  • Drifts cracked and slid on steep rollovers north of Bridger Bowl. Photo: K Hammonds

  • From email 4/3/22: "I noticed [this dry slab] this morning from town. I saw tracks on it yesterday afternoon (when we arrived) but didn’t notice the slide with naked eye, also super flat light yesterday afternoon... Looks like it could’ve been skier triggered, but maybe not, as there aren’t any tracks going through the path, must’ve been the last skier if that were the case.The debris can be spotted almost to the bottom of the bowl, so quite lengthy." Photo: P. Whitmire

  • An avalanche on Wilson Peak that caught two skiers and injured one on 4/3/22. Photo: GNFAC

  • Natural slab avalanches in Sheep Creek north of Cooke City. These crowns were first observed the morning of 3/25/22 and likely occurred on 3/24. Photo from 3/30/22, GNFAC

  • Skiers noted wet slab and wet loose avalanche activity on March 28th in the mountains near Cooke City. Photo taken March 30. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Skiers noted wet slab and wet loose avalanche activity on March 28th in the mountains near Cooke City. Photo was taken March 30. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Skiers noted wet slab and wet loose avalanche activity on March 28th in the mountains near Cooke City. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Skiers noted wet slab and wet loose avalanche activity on March 28th in the mountains near Cooke City. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Skiers noted wet slab and wet loose avalanche activity on March 28th in the mountains near Cooke City. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Natural avalanches on peak 9595' east of YNP and north of Silver Gate. 3/27/22. Photo: GNFAC

  • Observed this avalanche crown on 3/27/22 south of Silver Gate and east of Yellowstone N.P. Appeared to be a wet slab within 24 hours old. Photo: GNFAC

  • On March 26 many natural wet slides occurred in closed terrain at Bridger Bowl. Photo: BBSP

  • Slab avalanche on Mount Abundance. Observed 3/25/22. It either broke naturally or was remotely triggered. Photo: D. Green

  • Portion of the crown of an avalanche that was triggered by a group of skiers on 3/24/22 on Woody Ridge south of Cooke City. Photo: GNFAC

  • View down the path of an avalanche that was triggered by a group of skiers on 3/24/22 on Woody Ridge south of Cooke City. Photo: GNFAC

  • Looking up the debris of the avalanche that caught three skiers in Republic Creek. Photo: Anonymous

Videos- Cooke City Area

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Snowpit Profiles- Cooke City Area

 

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Weather Forecast Cooke City Area

Extended Forecast for

2 Miles NNE Cooke City MT

  • Today

    Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 11 to 18 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 55 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 34. West northwest wind 11 to 16 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 34 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 62 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

    Chance
    Showers

    Low: 40 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 57. West southwest wind 7 to 16 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Chance
    Showers then
    Showers
    Likely

    High: 57 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 9 to 15 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Showers
    Likely

    Low: 35 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon.  High near 46. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%.

    Showers

    High: 46 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Rain and snow showers before midnight, then a chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible.  Low around 31. West southwest wind around 11 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

    Rain/Snow
    then Chance
    Snow Showers

    Low: 31 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Snow showers. Some thunder is also possible.  High near 44. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%.

    Snow Showers
    Likely then
    Snow Showers

    High: 44 °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 spring and summer! See this article for some general spring travel advice.