Trip Planning for Northern Madison

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 15-30 SW
Apr 11 0″ | 10-25 SW
Apr 10 1″ | 20-50 NW
9400′     4/12 at 18:00
45 ℉
SW - 20 mph, Gusts 37
0 " New
8880′     04/12 at 17:00
47℉
41″ Depth
Primary Problem: Wet Snow
Bottom Line: By mid-morning, on sunny slopes, any surface crusts that formed overnight will be breaking down and wet avalanche danger will be rising. Mostly we’re expecting relatively small wet loose slides, but the whole array of wet snow avalanche concerns are possible today, including wet loose slides entraining the whole season’s snowpack, wet slabs, or cornice collapses. Plan to get off sunny slopes early. Triggering avalanches in dry snow is becoming less likely, but is still possible, particularly on wind-loaded, high elevation, shady slopes.

Past 5 Days

Mon Apr 8

Considerable
Tue Apr 9

Moderate
Wed Apr 10

Considerable
Thu Apr 11

Considerable
Today

Considerable

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Southern Madison
Sphinx Mountain
Cornice Collapse on the Sphinx
Incident details include images
Sphinx Mountain
C-ASu
Coordinates: 45.1582, -111.4770
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: " Unintentionally triggered a large cornice collapse on the south face of the Sphinx. " 


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Northern Madison
Beehive Basin
Wet Loose in Beehive
Incident details include images
Beehive Basin
WL-N-R1-D1-I
Elevation: 9,800
Coordinates: 45.3407, -111.3910
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs on 04/05/2024: "Toured into Beehive Basin on 04/05/2024. Light freeze overnight ~0.5" crust with wet snow below on most slopes. Treed areas did not freeze. Clouds along with a cold south wind kept many slopes from softening. By 11:30 sunny slopes below 9000' had become wet and made for poor ski conditions. Attached are photos of recent loose wet avalanches that likely happened 24-48 hours ago. All attached photos on SW-W aspects at ~9800'"


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Northern Madison
Sphinx Mountain
Collapse Near the Sphinx
Sphinx Mountain
Coordinates: 45.1582, -111.4770
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From email: We were out camping around the east side of Sphinx Mountain. We rode sleds over dirt for a while and came from Buck Ridge. We didn’t see any fresh avalanche crowns all weekend. We did get a big whoomph that collapsed the snowpack while skinning along a ridgeline on Sphinx that seemed freshly loaded. Cracks shot out maybe 25 feet around, but it didn’t move. We didn’t dig snow pits; we followed our plan of keeping our terrain selection on the mellow side.


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Relevant Photos

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  • Observed on 04/05/2024: "Photo of recent loose wet avalanches that likely happened 24-48 hours ago on SW-W aspect at ~9800'" Photo: Z. Peterson

  • Observed on 04/05/2024: "Photo of recent loose wet avalanches that likely happened 24-48 hours ago on SW-W aspect at ~9800'" Photo: Z. Peterson

  • On a small test slope near Muddy Creek we intentionally triggered several small avalanches in wind-loaded terrain by knocking chunks of cornice off. Photo: GNFAC

  • While riding we saw cracking forming near our sleds in fresh drifts: Photo: GNFAC

  • Strong wind transporting snow at ridge tops. Photo: GNFAC

  • We saw this recent avalanche near the Bear Creek wilderness boundary while riding on 03/24/2024. Photo: GNFAC

  • We saw this natural avalanche on a wind-loaded slope behind McAtee Basin. Photo: GNFAC

  • A rider triggered this avalanche in Taylor Fork on 3/16/24. "Avalanche broke about 400ft wide and slid for 250 ft. 4-2ft deep at the crown."

  • Skiers saw a natural avalanche on east-facing terrain at 9500' in Beehive Basin. Photo: Anonymous 

  • Skiers triggered this slope by dropping a section of cornice onto the slope. This avalanche broke 500' wide, and ranged in depth from 18" or 6'. Photo: P. Hess

  • Skiers triggered this slope by dropping a section of cornice onto the slope. This avalanche broke 500' wide, and ranged in depth from 18" or 6'. Photo: P. Hess

  • Skiers triggered this slope by dropping a section of cornice onto the slope. This avalanche broke 500' wide, and ranged in depth from 18" or 6'. Photo: P. Hess

  • Skiers triggered this slope by dropping a section of cornice onto the slope. This avalanche broke 500' wide, and ranged in depth from 18" or 6'. Photo: P. Hess

     

  • From obs: "On a tour up Middle Peak, I saw recent avalanches, with large propagation in Middle Basin and Beehive Basin." Photo Anonymous 

  • From obs: "On a tour up Middle Peak, I saw recent avalanches, with large propagation in Middle Basin and Beehive Basin." Photo Anonymous 

  • From IG: "Buck ridge south of slatts hill, remote trigger by a snowmobile today"

  • Skiers in Beehive Basin saw a natural avalanche on an east-facing slope. This avalanche likely happened in the last 24-48 hours. Photo: E. Heiman

  • Skiers intentionally triggered a small avalanche near the prayer flags in Bear Basin. This slope has avalanched previously this season. Photo: J Alford

  • Riders triggered this pair of avalanches while crossing below this terrain, roughly 150 yards away. The location of the triggers is marked by the "x's" in the photo. Photo: M. Rolfson 

  • Riders triggered this pair of avalanches while crossing below this terrain, roughly 150 yards away. Photo: M. Rolfson 

  • Rider on 02/23/2024 observed this large avalanche next to another avalanche they had triggered remotely. They likely triggered this one as well from afar while cross terrain below. Photo: M. Rolfson

  • Riders on 02/23/2024 triggered this avalanche from 150 yards away while traversing below. Photo: M. Rolfson

  • Riders on 02/23/2024 triggered this avalanche from 150 yards away while traversing below. Photo: M. Rolfson

     

  • On 2/18/24 near Buck Ridge and Muddy Creek we saw at least eight recent avalanches that occurred at various times over the last 1-3 days, natural and/or remote triggered by riders. A group in the parking lot mentioned seeing many slides actively happen in this area on Friday 2/16. Most were 2-3' deep hard slabs, ranging from 50'-500' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/18/24 near Buck Ridge and Muddy Creek we saw at least eight recent avalanches that occurred at various times over the last 1-3 days, natural and/or remote triggered by riders. A group in the parking lot mentioned seeing many slides actively happen in this area on Friday 2/16. Most were 2-3' deep hard slabs, ranging from 50'-500' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/18/24 near Buck Ridge and Muddy Creek we saw at least eight recent avalanches that occurred at various times over the last 1-3 days, natural and/or remote triggered by riders. A group in the parking lot mentioned seeing many slides actively happen in this area on Friday 2/16. Most were 2-3' deep hard slabs, ranging from 50'-500' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/18/24 near Buck Ridge and Muddy Creek we saw at least eight recent avalanches that occurred at various times over the last 1-3 days, natural and/or remote triggered by riders. A group in the parking lot mentioned seeing many slides actively happen in this area on Friday 2/16. Most were 2-3' deep hard slabs, ranging from 50'-500' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/18/24 near Buck Ridge and Muddy Creek we saw at least eight recent avalanches that occurred at various times over the last 1-3 days, natural and/or remote triggered by riders. A group in the parking lot mentioned seeing many slides actively happen in this area on Friday 2/16. Most were 2-3' deep hard slabs, ranging from 50'-500' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/18/24 near Buck Ridge and Muddy Creek we saw at least eight recent avalanches that occurred at various times over the last 1-3 days, natural and/or remote triggered by riders. A group in the parking lot mentioned seeing many slides actively happen in this area on Friday 2/16. Most were 2-3' deep hard slabs, ranging from 50'-500' wide. Photo: GNFAC

  • An avalanche we either triggered from 750-800 feet away or it broke naturally. This avalanche happened when we were riding near the larger of the two avalanches from yesterday, on the south side of Cedar Mtn. It was a wind-loaded slope, actively loading. The avalanche was ~130' wide with 100' of 4-12" deep new snow/wind slab and 30' wide broke almost 3 feet deep on weak snow near the ground. Photo: GNFAC

  • An avalanche we either triggered from 750-800 feet away or it broke naturally. This avalanche happened when we were riding near the larger of the two avalanches from yesterday, on the south side of Cedar Mtn. It was a wind-loaded slope, actively loading. The avalanche was ~130' wide with 100' of 4-12" deep new snow/wind slab and 30' wide broke almost 3 feet deep on weak snow near the ground. Photo: GNFAC

  • An avalanche we either triggered from 750-800 feet away or it broke naturally. This avalanche happened when we were riding near the larger of the two avalanches from yesterday, on the south side of Cedar Mtn. It was a wind-loaded slope, actively loading. The avalanche was ~130' wide with 100' of 4-12" deep new snow/wind slab and 30' wide broke almost 3 feet deep on weak snow near the ground. Photo: GNFAC

  • An avalanche we either triggered from 750-800 feet away or it broke naturally. This avalanche happened when we were riding near the larger of the two avalanches from yesterday, on the south side of Cedar Mtn. It was a wind-loaded slope, actively loading. The avalanche was ~130' wide with 100' of 4-12" deep new snow/wind slab and 30' wide broke almost 3 feet deep on weak snow near the ground. Photo: GNFAC

  • An avalanche we either triggered from 750-800 feet away or it broke naturally. This avalanche happened when we were riding near the larger of the two avalanches from yesterday, on the south side of Cedar Mtn. It was a wind-loaded slope, actively loading. The avalanche was ~130' wide with 100' of 4-12" deep new snow/wind slab and 30' wide broke almost 3 feet deep on weak snow near the ground. Photo: GNFAC

  • This avalanche was triggered by riders from flat terrain far below on February 17. Photo: GNFAC

  • From BSSP on 2/17/24: "Midafternoon we received another report of a skier triggered avalanche in the Lone Lake Circe, specifically The Mullet. The reporting party contacted several ski patrollers via cell phone and confirmed that nobody was injured or had taken the full ride. This avalanche failed near the ground on a high elevation NW facing slope with the weight of a single skier with an estimated size of HS-ASu-R3-D2.5-O."

  • From BSSP on 2/17/24: "Midafternoon we received another report of a skier triggered avalanche in the Lone Lake Circe, specifically The Mullet. The reporting party contacted several ski patrollers via cell phone and confirmed that nobody was injured or had taken the full ride. This avalanche failed near the ground on a high elevation NW facing slope with the weight of a single skier with an estimated size of HS-ASu-R3-D2.5-O."

  • Riders triggered this avalanche remotely on 02/17/2024 while riding near the Bear Creek wilderness boundary. Photo: Anonymous 

  • The debris and path of an avalanche that was triggered by snowmobilers remotely on 02/17/2024. The riders watched the avalanche from safe terrain and were not on the slope. Photo: Anonymous

  • The crown of an avalanche that was triggered by snowmobilers remotely. The riders watched the avalanche from safe terrain and were not on the slope. Photo: Anonymous

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Weather Forecast Northern Madison

Extended Forecast for

5 Miles NNW Big Sky MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A slight chance of rain and snow showers, mainly between 10pm and 11pm. Some thunder is also possible.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. South southwest wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Slight Chance
    Rain/Snow
    then Partly
    Cloudy

    Low: 33 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 2pm and 5pm.  Increasing clouds, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Sunny then
    Chance
    Showers

    High: 50 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. West wind 10 to 14 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 32 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon.  Sunny, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    Sunny then
    Slight Chance
    Showers

    High: 50 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. South southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers

    Low: 28 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.  Little or no snow accumulation expected.

    Chance Snow
    Showers

    High: 42 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 24 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Snow likely. The snow could be heavy at times.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. West northwest wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

    Heavy Snow

    High: 31 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Snow likely. The snow could be heavy at times.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Heavy Snow

    Low: 13 °F

The Last Word

On Tuesday, April 9th, Doug Chabot wrote his final avalanche forecast for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Doug, thank you for your friendship, mentorship and 29 years of service to Southwest Montana’s community. Congratulations on your fast approaching retirement!

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