Trip Planning for Bridgers

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 10-25 W
Mar 3 20″ | 18-42 W
Mar 2 2″ | 10-20 S
8100′     03/04 at 23:00
9℉
0.7″New
8500′     03/04 at 22:00
8℉
W - 12mph
Gusts 28 mph
Primary Problem: Persistent Weak Layer
Bottom Line: Avalanche conditions are dangerous and large, human-triggered avalanches are likely. It remains important to stay diligent with conservative terrain choices and careful route finding. With recent snow and multiple widespread buried weak layers making complex snowpack stability, travel advice is to simply avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees and flatter runout zones below.

Past 5 Days

Thu Feb 29

Considerable
Fri Mar 1

Considerable
Sat Mar 2

Considerable
Sun Mar 3

High
Today

Considerable

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Bridger Range
Ross Peak
Natural Avalanche Near Ross Peak
Incident details include images
Ross Peak
N-R2-D2-O
Coordinates: 45.8586, -110.9560
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

While riding near the throne we observed a large natural avalanche that happened early in the morning on 03/03/2024. This avalanche appeared to of broken deeper than just recent storm snow. 


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Bridger Range
Naya Nuki Bowl
Slab Avalanche Naya Nuki
Incident details include images
Naya Nuki Bowl
SS-N
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.8883, -110.9590
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

While riding near the throne we saw a natural avalanche that broke near the ridge line. It appeared to have happened in the recent storm snow that fell overnight on 03/02/2024. 


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Bridger Range
BRIDGER RANGE
Loose Snow Slides Bridger Range
Incident details include images
BRIDGER RANGE
L-N
Coordinates: 45.8512, -110.9480
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

While in the Bridger range we saw numerous loose snow avalanches on Bridger Peak, Saddle Peak, and the Throne


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  • Photo: GNFAC

  • Photo: GNFAC

  • Photo: GNFAC

  • Natural loose snow avalanche near Argentina Bowl. Photo: GNFAC

  • We saw numerous loose snow natural avalanches near Bridger Peak while driving. Photo: GNFAC

  • From IG 3/2

  • Riders near Fairy Lake noticed several fresh slab avalanches along the ridge top and in the middle of the bowl between Naya Nuki and Sacajewea.  Photo: K. Marvinney

  • Riders in the Bridger range saw several loose snow avalanches that happened this afternoon in steep terrain on Hardscrabble Peak. Photo: K. Marvinney

  • A skier at Bridger Bowl noticed a small wind slab avalanche on quarter saddle. The slide ran 250 vertical feet and broke 100+ feet wide. Photo: D. Zinn

  • Where did the snow go? 50+ mph wind scoured the slopes near Bridger Peak. Photo: GNFAC

  • This avalanche was noticed yesterday morning (2/20), possibly happened on 2/18-2/19, or early 2/20. Photo: GNFAC

  • This avalanche was noticed yesterday morning (2/20), possibly happened on 2/18-2/19. Photo: GNFAC

  • Skiers on 02/20/2024 saw a recent natural avalanche in Argentina Bowl. Photo: Anonymous 

  • Photo: BBSP

  • On 2/1/24 on a drive up the highway I could see many recent wet avalanches, both wet loose that gouged through the snowpack and wet slabs about one foot deep and 50-100' wide. Many size D2, some smaller. Happened sometime between Monday and today (1-3 days old, maybe some this morning). The main spots for recent wet avalanches were on Bridger Peak (this photo) and south of the Throne. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/1/24 on a drive up the highway I could see many recent wet avalanches, both wet loose that gouged through the snowpack and wet slabs about one foot deep and 50-100' wide. Many size D2, some smaller. Happened sometime between Monday and today (1-3 days old, maybe some this morning). The main spots for recent wet avalanches were on Bridger Peak and south of the Throne. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/1/24 saw a wide crown north of Frazier Basin(300-400' wide). Not sure if it occurred recently with the above freezing temperatures or if older. could have occurred over the recent hot days, potentially triggered by cornice fall? Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/1/24 saw this wide crown in Frazier Basin (300-400' wide)... not sure if these occurred recently with the above freezing temperatures or if they are older.  could have occurred over the recent hot days, potentially triggered by cornice fall? Photo: GNFAC

  • Driving up Bridger Canyon we saw wet loose avalanche across the whole range that ran yesterday afternoon (1/29). Some of the slides north of Ross Peak appear to have gouged down to the ground, entraining the whole season's snowpack. Photo: GNFAC 1/30/24

  • An older, previously reported slide that broke widely was still visible in October Bowl. Photo: GNFAC 1/30/24

  • Numerous wet loose avalanches on the south facing wall of Frazier, many of which appear to have pulled out dry slabs lower in the path as they ran yesterday afternoon (1/29/24). Photo: GNFAC 1/30/24

  • Skiers triggered an avalanche on Bridger Peak after knocking a cornice off the ridgeline. 

    From obs: "Slide seemed to start very slowly and then propagated North (to the left in the pictures) before running down the slide path." Photo: Anonymous

  • Skiers triggered an avalanche on Bridger Peak after knocking a cornice off the ridgeline. 

    From obs: "Slide seemed to start very slowly and then propagated North (to the left in the pictures) before running down the slide path." Photo: Anonymous 

  • From obs: "The location is the knoll under the Saddle Peak cliff that can be accessed by traversing through the southern boundary gate from Bridger Bowl. The slide propagated on a NE aspect going into a gully. The crown looked to be 1-2 feet tall with an approximate width of 30 feet. There are numerous tracks that go in and out of the slide path, but could not tell if it was triggered by a skier. A friend who I was with said that the slide had not been there the day before." 

  • From obs: "The location is the knoll under the Saddle Peak cliff that can be accessed by traversing through the southern boundary gate from Bridger Bowl. The slide propagated on a NE aspect going into a gully. The crown looked to be 1-2 feet tall with an approximate width of 30 feet. There are numerous tracks that go in and out of the slide path, but could not tell if it was triggered by a skier. A friend who I was with said that the slide had not been there the day before." 

  • From obs: "The location is the knoll under the Saddle Peak cliff that can be accessed by traversing through the southern boundary gate from Bridger Bowl. The slide propagated on a NE aspect going into a gully. The crown looked to be 1-2 feet tall with an approximate width of 30 feet. There are numerous tracks that go in and out of the slide path, but could not tell if it was triggered by a skier. A friend who I was with said that the slide had not been there the day before." 

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  • Skiers near Fairy Lake saw large natural avalanches and significant cornice formation in October Bowl and triggered this large shooting crack. Photo: M. Yzaguirre

  • Avalanche triggered by a skier on Saddle Peak on 1/21. No one caught. Appeared 2 feet deep, measured 75-250' wide and 1300' vertical on OnX. Photo: GNFAC

  • Lower slab and debris below cliffs from an avalanche triggered by a skier on Saddle Peak on 1/21. No one caught. Appeared 2 feet deep, measured 75-250' wide and 1300' vertical on OnX. Photo: GNFAC

  • Avalanche triggered by a skier on Saddle Peak on 1/21. No one caught. Appeared 2 feet deep, measured 75-250' wide and 1300' vertical on OnX. Photo: GNFAC

  • Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol noted 2 or 3 natural slides that occurred last night on the backside of Bridger Bowl in Bostwick Canyon and Truman Gulch. Photo: BBSP

  • Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol noted 2 or 3 natural slides that occurred last night on the backside of Bridger Bowl in Bostwick Canyon and Truman Gulch. Photo: BBSP

  • From GCSAR and Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol:

    A skier triggered a slide descending the skyline/nose of Saddle Peak. No one was caught. It initially triggered at the first rock band, then pulled out much wider at the second rock band. The skier was on his second lap was the third set of tracks on the peak. All tracks were accounted for and a beacon search of the debris came up empty.

    Depth was described as "full depth" (2-3') and running on the depth hoar.

    Crown was 80' wide on the first horizontal band and 500+' on the second. The lower crown wrappped around the ridge out of view.

    Photo: BBSP

  • From GCSAR and Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol:

    A skier triggered a slide descending the skyline/nose of Saddle Peak. No one was caught. It initially triggered at the first rock band, then pulled out much wider at the second rock band. The skier was on his second lap was the third set of tracks on the peak. All tracks were accounted for and a beacon search of the debris came up empty.

    Depth was described as "full depth" (2-3') and running on the depth hoar.

    Crown was 80' wide on the first horizontal band and 500+' on the second. The lower crown wrappped around the ridge out of view.

    Photo: BBSP

  • From GCSAR and Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol:

    A skier triggered a slide descending the skyline/nose of Saddle Peak. No one was caught. It initially triggered at the first rock band, then pulled out much wider at the second rock band. The skier was on his second lap was the third set of tracks on the peak. All tracks were accounted for and a beacon search of the debris came up empty.

    Depth was described as "full depth" (2-3') and running on the depth hoar.

    Crown was 80' wide on the first horizontal band and 500+' on the second. The lower crown wrappped around the ridge out of view.

    Photo: BBSP

  • On 1/20 At the top of The Ramp/Wolverine I pushed on some small wind-loaded terrain features with skis. About three inches of soft snow moved/cracked no wider than my ski width, then one step lower a hard slab cracked out about 10' wide, 10-12" deep and did not move more than a few inches downhill due to flatter terrain supporting it below. GNFAC

  • Travel conditions remain questionable at the Throne. Photo: GNFAC

  • Monday or Tuesday, a small natural avalanche released when strong winds stripped and loaded slopes at all elevations. Photo: GNFAC

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Weather Forecast Bridgers

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles NNE Bozeman MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -10. Southwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  Total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Chance Snow
    then Mostly
    Cloudy

    Low: 8 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Snow likely, mainly between 9am and 11am, then snow showers likely after 11am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -5. South southwest wind 10 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Likely

    High: 25 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. West northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    Low: 13 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. West wind 7 to 10 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers

    High: 28 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. West wind 6 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers

    Low: 13 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. West northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers

    High: 28 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. West northwest wind around 9 mph becoming south southwest in the evening.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 12 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 31. South wind 9 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

    Sunny

    High: 31 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 16 °F

The Last Word

On Friday there were two snowmobilers killed in separate avalanches, in Washington and northern Idaho. Our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends, and all involved.

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