Trip Planning for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | NA
Apr 11 0″ | NA
Apr 10 3″ | NA
9460′     03/26 at 10:00
16.2℉
NW - 10mph
Gusts 19 mph
9000′     04/12 at 16:00
50℉
69″ 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

Moderate
Tue Apr 9

Moderate
Wed Apr 10

Considerable
Thu Apr 11

Considerable
Today

Considerable

Relevant Photos

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  • Skiers a few days ago saw several deep natural avalanches near the head of Swan Creek. These avalanches broke 2-5' deep, 2000' wide, and ran "full track". The exact date of when these avalanches happened is unknown but they likely happened over a week ago in the first few days of March. Photo: S. Reinsel

  • Skiers a few days ago saw several deep natural avalanches near the head of Swan Creek. These avalanches broke 2-5' deep, 2000' wide, and ran "full track". The exact date of when these avalanches happened is unknown but they likely happened over a week ago in the first few days of March. Photo: S. Reinsel

     

     

  • Riders saw a large crack in the snow near the Cabin Creek Cabin in the S. Madison Range. This is a red flag for unstable conditions. Anonymous

     

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  • Photo and observation from 01/20

    From obs: "Large roller balls were observed in avalanche terrain on a SE aspect at 8,300'. Alongside this observation, rather wet, sticky snow was observed throughout the tour, causing multiple glopping incidents on our skins." Photo: E. Webb

     

  • Skiers on 01/20 saw a natural avalanche that happened the day before on 01/19. Photo: E. Webb

  • From observations on 01/20:

    Shooting cracks above a cornice that created a small avalanche. Photo: D. Halama

  • From observation on 01/20:

    While approaching a cornice skiers collapsed the slope and triggered a small cornice. Photo: E. Webb

  • A small avalanche was seen in Black Bear Canyon on 01/14. This was a recent avalanche that happened today or yesterday 01/13. 

  • Cracking at Fawn Pass this was accompanied by multiple collapses during the tour. Photo: S. Reinsel

  • Large surface near Little Bear. Photo: JR Mooney

  • From IG on 12/10: "2 slides we triggered remotely in tepee yesterday"

  • From obs: "Dug into the hillside right before going up the creek. Snow pack was 75 cm deep consisting of three layers. Bottom 35cm is obviously faceted, grain size is around 2mm. Very thin ice crust at around 35cm. Upper 35 cm of snow is brand new snow from this current storm, precipitation particles, low density, with minor wind effect. Performed a quick Compression Test and the ice crust layer failed on the second tap." Photo: S. Gralla

  • From IG: “Pine creek today, some small wind slabs and a full depth wet slide off black mountain”

  • From IG: “Pine creek today (10/21), some small wind slabs and a full depth wet slide off black mountain”

  • From obs. "Was out alpine climbing today and observed the north face of Blackmore had slid already."

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Extended Forecast for

17 Miles SE Big Sky MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. South southeast wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 39 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Isolated showers after 2pm.  Snow level 8600 feet rising to 9700 feet in the afternoon. Sunny, with a high near 65. South southeast wind 8 to 14 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Sunny then
    Isolated
    Showers

    High: 65 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a south wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Mostly Clear
    and Breezy
    then Clear

    Low: 34 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Isolated showers after 1pm.  Snow level 8300 feet. Sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Sunny then
    Isolated
    Showers and
    Breezy

    High: 57 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: Isolated showers before 7pm.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Isolated
    Showers and
    Breezy then
    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 30 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Scattered showers after 1pm.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    Mostly Sunny
    then
    Scattered
    Showers

    High: 52 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: Scattered rain showers before 9pm, then scattered rain and snow showers between 9pm and 1am, then scattered snow showers after 1am.  Snow level 8500 feet lowering to 7600 feet after midnight . Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West northwest wind 10 to 13 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    Scattered
    Rain/Snow

    Low: 28 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Snow showers likely, mainly after 7am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Snow Showers
    Likely and
    Breezy

    High: 41 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 1am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Snow Showers
    Likely and
    Breezy

    Low: 18 °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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