Trip Planning for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | NA
Apr 12 0″ | NA
Apr 11 0″ | NA
9460′     03/26 at 10:00
16.2℉
NW - 10mph
Gusts 19 mph
9000′     04/13 at 19:00
42℉
66″ Depth
Primary Problem: Wet Snow
Bottom Line: Hazards associated with wet melting snow are the number one concern and they could take many forms. Loose wet slides will easily triggered as soon as the surface gets wet more than a few inches deep. The deeper the wetting gets, the larger these slides could be. The possibility of bigger, deeper, wider, more unpredictable wet slabs is also starting to become a reality. Shady slopes that have stayed dry aren’t entirely immune from avalanche hazard. You may still be able to trigger a wind slab in a wind-loaded pocket or on weak layers in the upper couple feet of the snowpack.

Past 5 Days

Tue Apr 9

Moderate
Wed Apr 10

Considerable
Thu Apr 11

Considerable
Fri Apr 12

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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Weather Forecast Southern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

17 Miles SE Big Sky MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 36 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63. South southeast wind 6 to 13 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 63 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 33 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: A slight chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and 10am, then rain showers likely. Some thunder is also possible.  Snow level rising to 8400 feet in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 6 to 13 mph becoming north northwest in the morning.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

    Isolated
    Rain/Snow
    then Showers
    Likely

    High: 52 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 11pm and midnight. Some thunder is also possible.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Isolated
    Rain/Snow
    then Partly
    Cloudy

    Low: 28 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Scattered snow showers, mainly after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    Scattered
    Snow Showers
    and Breezy

    High: 47 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Snow showers likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Snow Showers
    Likely and
    Breezy

    Low: 24 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Snow showers likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    High: 36 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Isolated snow showers before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Isolated Snow
    Showers then
    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 17 °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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