Regional Conditions for Northern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Apr 302″ | N/A
Apr 29 3″ | N/A
Apr 28 4″ | N/A
9980′     04/01 at 03:00
61.5℉
NE - 0mph
Gusts 2mph
8100′   08/19 at 0:00
50℉
2″ Depth
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- Northern Gallatin

Photos- Northern Gallatin

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  • Avalanche in middle Cottonwood behind Bridger Peak. Triggered by wildlife. Photo: GNFAC

  • 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

  • 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

  • This natural wet slab slid early this week, Monday (5/13) or early Tuesday (5/14). Photo: @wallace_casper

  • 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

  • "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 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

  • 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."

  • 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

  • Dry loose, wet loose, and dry slab avalanches on the east face of Mt. Blackmore. Photo: N. Salsburg

  • A skier in Hyalite found small but easy to trigger wind slabs at upper elevations near Mt. Bole in Hyalite. Photo: C. Kussmaul

  • A skier in Hyalite found small but easy to trigger wind slabs at upper elevations near Mt. Bole in Hyalite. Photo: C. Kussmaul

  • Photo: J. Dillon

  • Skiers in Hyalite saw a natural wet slab near Blackmore Lake. From the email: "The slide was located around 300 yards South of Blackmore Lake on a West facing slope at an elevation just above 7400 feet.  It broke below a cliff band about 3' deep (to the ground) and ran a few hundred feet (almost to the skin track)." Photo: JR Mooney

  • 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

  • This wet slab was observed on Friday (3/22) across the Sourdough canyon trail, about 1.4 miles up. It put 4-6 feet of debris lower down in the creek. Although small, a heavy wet slide like this can be powerful and very dangerous. Current warm temperatures are a shock to the snowpack, and steep slopes should be avoided if the snow is wet. Photo: P. Brown

  • This wet slab was observed on Friday (3/22) across the Sourdough canyon trail, about 1.4 miles up. It put 4-6 feet of debris lower down in the creek. Although small, a heavy wet slide like this can be powerful and very dangerous. Current warm temperatures are a shock to the snowpack, and steep slopes should be avoided if the snow is wet. Photo: S. Gill

  • This wet slab was observed on Friday (3/22) across the Sourdough canyon trail, about 1.4 miles up. It put 4-6 feet of debris lower down in the creek. Although small, a heavy wet slide like this can be powerful and very dangerous. Current warm temperatures are a shock to the snowpack, and steep slopes should be avoided if the snow is wet. Photo: S. Gill

  • A skier sent in photos of multiple loose wet avalanches near Mt. Blackmore yesterday. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Recent dry slab avalanche that was triggered by a falling cornice and failed at the ground. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Outside Cooke City up Zimmer Creek, a skier spotted this cornice fall which triggered a small pocket down low. Photo: F. Madsen

  • Many wet loose and wet slab avalanches were seen near Zimmer Creek (north of Cooke City) on south and east aspects. Temperatures were warm at 10,000 feet. Photo: F. Madsen

  • This photo near Lionhead, is indicative of the wet loose avalanches we are seeing on many low elevation, south facing slopes throughout our advisory area. Daytime temperatures near 50F will make avalanches like this more frequent and widespread in the coming days.

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Weather Forecast Northern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

14 Miles SE Gallatin Gateway MT

  • Today

    Today: Cloudy, then becoming mostly sunny during the afternoon, with a high near 65. West wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    High: 65 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Isolated showers before 9pm.  Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 45. West wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Isolated
    Showers then
    Mostly Clear

    Low: 45 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.

    Sunny then
    Sunny and
    Breezy

    High: 59 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Partly Cloudy
    and Breezy
    then Mostly
    Clear

    Low: 40 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 55 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 38.

    Clear

    Low: 38 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 57.

    Sunny

    High: 57 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 41.

    Clear

    Low: 41 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

    Sunny

    High: 63 °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