Regional Conditions for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Nov 290″ | NA
Nov 28 0″ | NA
Nov 27 0″ | NA
9460′     03/27 at 14:00
NW - 0mph
Gusts 1mph
9000′   11/29 at 23:00
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

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Avalanche Activity- Southern Gallatin

Photos- Southern Gallatin

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  • Watch the video HERE!

  • 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

  • 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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Weather Stations- Southern Gallatin


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Weather Forecast Southern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

17 Miles SE Big Sky MT

  • Overnight

    Overnight: Clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -5. Breezy, with a south wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

    Clear and

    Low: 10 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as -10. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly Sunny
    and Breezy

    High: 28 °F

  • Monday

    Monday Night: Scattered snow showers, mainly before 2am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Snow Showers
    and Breezy

    Low: 14 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11am.  Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 24. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers
    then Mostly

    High: 24 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 7 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 27. North northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.


    High: 27 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 6. West wind around 7 mph becoming south southwest in the evening.


    Low: 6 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 32.


    High: 32 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 13.


    Low: 13 °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.