Regional Conditions for Cooke City Area

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 5-25 WNW
Nov 28 0″ | 5-15 SW
Nov 27 1″ | 10-25 WNW
10,000′     11/30 at 00:00
16.5℉
W - 4mph
Gusts 10mph
9100′   11/29 at 23:00
15℉
40″ 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

None
Sat Nov 14

None
Thu Nov 19

None
Thu Nov 26

None
Fri Nov 27

None

Avalanche Activity- Cooke City Area

Photos- Cooke City Area

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  • Small slab avalanche observed on 11/28 near Cooke City. East aspect, 9,000' elevation. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • A south facing snow profile near Lulu Pass in Cooke City. The bottom half of the snowpack is hard October snow. The top half of the snowpack is soft November snow. No propagation in an Extended Column Test. Photo: GNFAC

  • A north facing snow profile near Daisy Pass in Cooke City. There is an ice layer on the ground. Above the ice, half the snowpack is faceted October snow and half is November snow. No propagation in an Extended Column Test. Photo: GNFAC

  • "... from a mid elevation, due south aspect [on November 15 near Cooke City]. It sums up the structure around here pretty well. Knife hard melt/ freeze snow at the bottom (from the late Oct/ early Nov. warm up). Then about 40cms of F to 4F powder, on top..." Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Watch the video HERE!

  • After the storm from Oct 13-24, a strong southwest wind event on Oct 30 drifted the recent snow into slabs that avalanched naturally. Activity was mostly on NE aspects. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • After the storm from Oct 13-24, a strong southwest wind event on Oct 30 drifted the recent snow into slabs that avalanched naturally. Activity was mostly on NE aspects. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • After the storm from Oct 13-24, a strong southwest wind event on Oct 30 drifted the recent snow into slabs that avalanched naturally. Activity was mostly on NE aspects. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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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Soda Butte Lodge, looking West

Soda Butte Lodge, looking East

Weather Forecast Cooke City Area

Extended Forecast for

2 Miles NNE Cooke City MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as zero. South southwest wind around 8 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 10 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as -5. West southwest wind 9 to 13 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 28 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow after 10pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. West wind 7 to 10 mph.  New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 10 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -5. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.  Little or no snow accumulation expected.

    Chance Snow
    then Partly
    Sunny

    High: 20 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 3. Northwest wind around 7 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 3 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 23.

    Sunny

    High: 23 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 8.

    Clear

    Low: 8 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 31.

    Sunny

    High: 31 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 14.

    Clear

    Low: 14 °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.