Trip Planning for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
May 12″ | NA
Apr 30 1″ | NA
Apr 29 2″ | NA
9460′     03/26 at 10:00
16.2℉
NW - 10mph
Gusts 19 mph
9000′     06/13 at 02:00
41℉
12″ Depth
Bottom Line: Spring weather can be highly variable and create a mix of avalanche problems to watch out for. Snow conditions and snow stability can change drastically from day to day or hour to hour. Anticipate rapid change and plan accordingly. Plenty of snowfall over the winter with more spring snow to come makes avalanches possible into summer.

Past 5 Days

Fri Apr 19

None
Mon Apr 22

None
Fri Apr 26

None
Mon Apr 29

None
Thu May 2

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Relevant Photos

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  • From obs 5/23/24: "shooting cracks in the top 4 to 5 inches of new snow in middle basin" Photo: N. Greiner

  • From obs 5/23/24: "Toured to the top of PK during today’s storm. Snow was very wet and heavy. We saw no other slides or signs of instability on the way up. Coming down skiers right of flippers, all 3 of us caused small slides and cracking within the new snow. I triggered the largest slide, which was 6-8” deep and 12’ wide." Photo: T. Jordan

  • On 5/4/24 Skiers triggered large wet loose slides on the Fin near Cooke City

  • Saw what looked like a wet slab avalanche from the road along the Madison River.  Roughly north facing slope at 7500'.

  • 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

  • Today

    Today: Sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

    High: 76 °F

    Sunny

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

    Low: 49 °F

    Partly Cloudy

  • Friday

    Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 72. South southeast wind 6 to 14 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 50%.

    High: 72 °F

    Mostly Sunny
    then
    Scattered
    T-storms

  • Friday Night

    Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light  after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

    Low: 47 °F

    Slight Chance
    T-storms then
    Partly Cloudy

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.

    High: 67 °F

    Breezy.
    Mostly Sunny
    then Chance
    Showers

  • Saturday Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.

    Low: 35 °F

    Mostly Cloudy
    and Breezy
    then Partly
    Cloudy

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

    High: 58 °F

    Mostly Sunny

  • Sunday Night

    Sunday Night: A chance of rain showers before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow showers.  Snow level 9200 feet lowering to 7800 feet after midnight . Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    Low: 37 °F

    Slight Chance
    Showers then
    Chance
    Rain/Snow

  • Monday

    Monday: A chance of rain and snow showers before 8am, then rain showers likely. Some thunder is also possible.  Snow level 7700 feet rising to 9600 feet in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

    High: 52 °F

    Chance
    Rain/Snow
    then Showers
    Likely

The Last Word

We began daily forecasts on December 7. 130 daily forecasts and 464 reported avalanches later, we wrapped up our daily forecasting season on April 14th. Read our SEASON SUMMARY to look back at the 2023-24 avalanche forecasting season.

Thank you to everyone that sent in observations, read the advisories, took an avalanche class, or donated money, time or gear. Our success is directly related to support from the community and the Forest Service. Have a safe spring and summer!

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