Trip Planning for Cooke City Area

as of 5:00 am
Mar 40″ | 5-20 SW
Mar 3 6″ | 20-40 SW
Mar 2 10″ | 10-30 SE
10020′     03/05 at 00:00
0.1℉
SW - 15mph
Gusts 30 mph
9100′     03/05 at 00:00
4℉
76″ Depth
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

Considerable
Mon Mar 4

Considerable

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Cooke City
Miller Mtn.
Natural Avalanche Miller Mtn.
Incident details include images
Miller Mtn.
N
Coordinates: 45.0465, -109.9770
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG on 3/3/24. Natural on Wolverine and natural between Miller and Sunset. Looked like they went today or yesterday.


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Cooke City
Wolverine Peak
Natural Avalanche Wolverine Peak
Incident details include images
Wolverine Peak
N
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0530, -110.0100
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG on 3/3/24. Natural on Wolverine and natural between Miller and Sunset. Looked like they went today or yesterday.


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Cooke City
Fisher Mtn.
Avalanche on Fischer Peak
Fisher Mtn.
N
Coordinates: 45.0661, -109.9570
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Riders north of Cooke City on 03/04/2024 saw a recent natural avalanche that likely happened a few days before on 03/02/2024. 


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  • From IG on 3/3/24. Natural on Wolverine and natural between Miller and Sunset. Looked like they went today or yesterday.

  • From IG on 3/3/24. Natural on Wolverine and natural between Miller and Sunset. Looked like they went today or yesterday. Photo: Z. Dewell

  • Riders on the morning of 03/03/2024 saw a recent avalanche that likely happened the day before. The rider thought the avalanche may of been triggered by a snowmobiler but the actual trigger is unknown. Photo: N. Stayner

  • The trigger of this avalanche was unknown but was seen by riders on the morning of 03/03/2024 and the UYSC groomer on the night of 03/02/2024. Photo: N. Stayner

  • The trigger of this avalanche was unknown but was seen by riders on the morning of 03/03/2024 and the UYSC groomer on the night of 03/02/2024. Photo: N. Stayner

  • Riders triggered a very large avalanche on the east side of Henderson Mountain while riding across a slope below. No one was caught in the avalanche and the debris pile was estimated 20' deep in spots. Photo: J. Tocco

  • Riders triggered a very large avalanche on the east side of Henderson Mountain while riding across a slope below. No one was caught in the avalanche and the debris pile was estimated 20' deep in spots. Photo: J. Tocco

  • Riders triggered a very large avalanche on the east side of Henderson Mountain while riding across a slope below. No one was caught in the avalanche and the debris pile was estimated 20' deep in spots. Photo: J. Tocco

  • Riders triggered a very large avalanche on the east side of Henderson Mountain while riding across a slope below. No one was caught in the avalanche and the debris pile was estimated 20' deep in spots. Photo: J. Tocco

  • A natural avalanche happened on the SE face of Scotch Bonnet Mountain. 2-4' deep and several hundred feet wide. Photo: R. Youngbar

  • Photo: R. Youngbar

  • From obs: "Multiple avalanches on Rasta Chutes on Scotch Bonnet. Did not run full path but probably 3/4 at least. Crowns were 2-4’. Debris pile by the up track to tregencic was probably 6-8’ deep." R. Youngbar
     

     

  • From obs: "Observed Deep Slab avalanche on the Shoulder of Republic Mountain today. Went to ground runout/could see dirt throughout runout." Photo: B. Zavora

  • Skiers south of Cooke City observed a recent wind slab avalanche on north-facing terrain near Woody Ridge. This avalanche likely happened in the last 24 hours. Photo: G. Roe

  • Skiers south of Cooke City observed a recent wind slab avalanche that happened on east-facing terrain near Republic Creek. This avalanche likely happened in the last 24 hours. Photo: G. Roe

     

  • Riders N. of Cooke City saw a recent avalanche north of Scotch Bonnet that broke 100' and several feet deep. Photo: A. Marienthal

  • Riders north of Cooke City saw a recent windslab that broke 14-16" deep, and 20' wide. Photo: A. Marienthal

  • A group reported many avalanches on the northern aspect of Miller Ridge. Some had filled back in from wind drifted snow. Other crowns were crisp. Photo: J. Padilla

  • Skiers on West Woody Ridge triggered a wind-slab avalanche that failed 1 foot deep and 40 feet wide. The avalanche ran 300 feet. Photo: N. Dogg

  • Skiers on West Woody Ridge triggered a wind-slab avalanche that failed 1 foot deep and 40 feet wide. The avalanche ran 300 feet. Photo: N. Dogg

  • On 2/24/24: We saw a slide on the north end of Sheep Mtn. on a slope above the steep chute where people climb out of Goose Creek. This slide had not been reported previously and looked similar in age to the two triggered yesterday, so maybe broke naturally or human-triggered in last 24 hours. It broke near a scoured north facing ridgeline, 1-1.5' deep, 175' wide. HS-R3-D2-O. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/24/24: We saw a slide on the north end of Sheep Mtn. on a slope above the steep chute where people climb out of Goose Creek. This slide had not been reported previously and looked similar in age to the two triggered yesterday, so maybe broke naturally or human-triggered in last 24 hours. It broke near a scoured north facing ridgeline, 1-1.5' deep, 175' wide. HS-R3-D2-O. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 2/24/24: We saw another slide on the north end of Sheep Mtn. on a slope above the steep chute where people climb out of Goose Creek. This slide had not been reported previously and looked similar in age to the two triggered yesterday, so maybe broke naturally or human-triggered in last 24 hours. It broke near a scoured north facing ridgeline, 1-1.5' deep, 175' wide. HS-R3-D2-O. Photo: GNFAC

     

  • On 2/24/23 we got a pretty good look at the slides on Fisher Mtn. that were triggered yesterday. They appeared 2-3 feet deep, and the debris was very hard. Crowns were already at least half drifted in. Photo: GNFAC

  • Riders on 02/23/2024 saw an avalanche that appeared to of broken naturally. However, a rider on 02/23/2024 triggered a steep slope around the corner and could likely have remotely triggered this avalanche as well. Photo: D.Shelley

  • A snowmobiler triggered a large avalanche on the north side of Fisher Mountain on 02/23/2024. He was caught and carried downhill but luckily was not buried. Photo: D.Shelley

  • A snowmobiler triggered a large avalanche on the north side of Fisher Mountain on 02/23/2024. He was caught and carried downhill but luckily was not buried. Photo: D.Shelley

  • From obs: "Photo of an avalanche observed yesterday (2/21) on the SW face of Sawtooth Mountain at about 10,600’. Looks to be a few days old, but hard to tell since all skier traffic from the weekend has been erased with Tuesday’s wind/precip. If you look closely, you can see the crown extends across the entire face." Photo: A. Joy

  • Riders on 02/18/2024 saw an avalanche that was triggered a few days prior on 02/16/2024. 

  • Riders saw recently triggered slides that were likely triggered by snowmobilers on 02/17/2024. 

  • A rider on 02/18/2024 saw a recent avalanche that was likely remotely triggered by a snowmobiler the day before on 02/17/2024. 

  • Close to the ridge and the starting zones of nearby avalanche paths, we triggered a large collapse that sent shooting cracks out a couple hundred feet. If the slope had been any steeper, we would have triggered an avalanche. Photo: GNFAC

  • Close to the ridge and the starting zones of nearby avalanche paths, we triggered a large collapse that sent shooting cracks out a couple hundred feet. Photo: GNFAC

  • From email: "A large avalanche. crown propogated through the cliffs and looked to be about 200' wide and 1 1/2-2 ft. deep. Debris was no longer visible so I suspect this ran sometime during or shortly after the storm. (02/15)." Photo: G. Roe

  • From email: "A large avalanche. crown propogated through the cliffs and looked to be about 200' wide and 1 1/2-2 ft. deep. Debris was no longer visible so I suspect this ran sometime during or shortly after the storm. (02/15)." Photo: G. Roe

  • A rider triggered a small avalanche on a steep rollover. Photo: GNFAC

  • From ob on 02/17/2024: "From woody ridge, we observed a large avalanche across the republic creek drainage (not sure what the peak is called but see the coordinates). I heard it first since it sounded like thunder or a plane, and then saw a huge cloud of snow moving down the mountain across the drainage.  We do not know if it was natural or triggered by someone." Photo: B. Huyard

     

     

  • From email on 02/18/2024: "Photo natural avalanche on a NW aspect at 9000', taken north of Cooke City today. It likely happened right around Feb. 15th."

  • Riders north of Cooke City observed a recent avlanche that appeared to be triggered by snowmobilers on the east side of Henderson Mountain. Photo: Z. Peterson

  • Riders north of Cooke City observed a recent avlanche that appeared to be triggered by snowmobilers on the east side of Henderson Mountain. Photo: Z. Peterson

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Weather Forecast Cooke City Area

Extended Forecast for

2 Miles NNE Cooke City MT

  • Overnight

    Overnight: A chance of snow showers before 2am, then a chance of snow, mainly after 5am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -15. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    Showers

    Low: 0 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Snow, mainly after 8am.  High near 20. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 3 inches.

    Snow

    High: 20 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times.  Low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -5. West wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 5 inches.

    Heavy Snow

    Low: 9 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Snow likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as -5. West southwest wind 10 to 16 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

    Snow Likely

    High: 23 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Southwest wind 9 to 15 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 8 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 23. West southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    High: 23 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow before 11pm.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 1. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    then Partly
    Cloudy

    Low: 1 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 26. North wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

    Sunny

    High: 26 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 7. West southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 7 °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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