Trip Planning for Island Park

as of 5:00 am
Today5″ | 30-80 W
Feb 29 2″ | 27-66 W
Feb 28 1″ | 38-55 W
9885′     03/01 at 03:00
19.2℉
W - 33mph
Gusts 56 mph
8750′     03/01 at 06:54
73.6″ Depth
0.0″New
7710′     03/01 at 06:00
28℉
63″ Depth
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow
Bottom Line: It is snowing and blowing and human triggered avalanches are likely. In places with more new snow, avalanches in that new snow will be easily triggered. Avalanches breaking in drifts are the likeliest problem you’ll encounter today and would be large enough to bury you. The weak layers that have been consistently avalanching for the last two months are also being loaded again. Keep your slope angles less than 30 degrees while we wait and see how they handle this loading event.

Past 5 Days

Mon Feb 26

Considerable
Tue Feb 27

Considerable
Wed Feb 28

Considerable
Thu Feb 29

Considerable
Today

Considerable

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Lionhead Range
Hebgen Lake
Large whumps, Hebgen Lake
Incident details include images
Incident details contain video
Hebgen Lake
Elevation: 8,200
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 44.8381, -111.3430
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

 A small whumpf in the skin track was followed by a massive one a few minutes later. I can count on one hand the number of times I got whumpfs in a skin track...rare indeed. The second one was so big it had us both deeply concerned. We peeled off the skin track after deciding to not cross a gully and soon found debris from a sizeable avalanche that released a couple days ago about 500' above us. We dug in the flank and had 100cm of snow, 60 cm new from last week. The snowfall during the Avalanche Warning, doubled the depth and more than doubled the snow water equivalent of the snowpack. It was a large load and avalanches are breaking underneath the new snow.

Karl was using his 100 cm long Norwegian Battle Saw (pic)...a bit overkill.


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Island Park
Centennials - Idaho
Multiple recent avalanche Centennials
Incident details include images
Centennials - Idaho
SS-N-R2-D2-O
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 44.5424, -111.7520
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs. 2/11: "No details, came upon them while riding and making observations of the terrain. One was North-Northeast, the other was North-Northwest facing. Across the drainage from each other. Also, notice three other small avalanches on a west facing slope, about two miles east of the first two. All five were on slopes well over 30. In the centennial mountains, close to the continental on the Idaho/Montana border."


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Island Park
CENTENNIAL RANGE
Recent Naturals in Island Park
Incident details include images
CENTENNIAL RANGE
N-R2-D2
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.5278, -111.5680
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG 2/10/24: “East aspect, southwest of island park from the blue creek trailhead.”


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  • From obs: "No details, came upon them while riding and making observations of the terrain. One was North-Northeast, the other was North-Northwest facing. Across the drainage from each other. Also, notice three other small avalanches on a west facing slope, about two miles east of the first two. All five were on slopes well over 30. In the centennial mountains, close to the continental on the Idaho/Montana border."

  • From obs: "No details, came upon them while riding and making observations of the terrain. One was North-Northeast, the other was North-Northwest facing. Across the drainage from each other. Also, notice three other small avalanches on a west facing slope, about two miles east of the first two. All five were on slopes well over 30. In the centennial mountains, close to the continental on the Idaho/Montana border."

  • Riders snapped a photo of natural avalanche activity above Blue Creek in the Centennial Mountains. Photo: P Rockwell

  • A small avalanche that was triggered by riders on 02/08/2024. Photo: GNFAC

  • This avalanche was triggered by riders a few days ago. This was a small slope and broke 100' wide and 2-3' deep. Photo: GNFAC 

  • Snowmobilers in Hell Roaring Creek saw a few natural avalanches that happened in the last week. The exact date is unknown.  Photo: B. Schleicher

  • Snowmobilers in Hell Roaring Creek saw a few natural avalanches that happened in the last week. The exact date is unknown.  Photo: B. Schleicher

  • Snowmobilers in Hell Roaring Creek saw a few natural avalanches that happened in the last week. The exact date is unknown.  Photo: B. Schleicher

  • This on one of over 15 avalanches snowmobilers saw today, 01/30/2024. These avalanches likely happened on 01/29 or the morning of 01/30. Photo. N.

  • This on one of over 15 avalanches snowmobilers saw today, 01/30/2024. These avalanches likely happened on 01/29 or the morning of 01/30. Photo. N.

     

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  • A rider triggered this avalanche while side-hilling across the bottom of the slope. The rider was able to quickly turn downhill and avoid the slide. No one was caught. Photo: Anonymous

  • A rider triggered this avalanche while side-hilling across the bottom of the slope. The rider was able to quickly turn downhill and avoid the slide. No one was caught. Photo: Anonymous

  • On Sawtelle Peak, Island Park, when the clouds lifted we could see a crown of a snowmobiler triggered slide that occurred yesterday. It broke on the buried surface hoar and facets about 1.5 feet under the surface. Recent snow and wind-loading has created dangerous avalanche conditions. Photo: GNFAC

  • On Sawtelle Peak, Island Park, when the clouds lifted we could see a crown of a snowmobiler triggered slide that occurred yesterday. It broke on the buried surface hoar and facets about 1.5 feet under the surface. Recent snow and wind-loading has created dangerous avalanche conditions. Photo: GNFAC

  • On Sawtelle Peak, Island Park, when the clouds lifted we could see a crown of a snowmobiler triggered slide that occurred yesterday. It broke on the buried surface hoar and facets about 1.5 feet under the surface. Recent snow and wind-loading has created dangerous avalanche conditions. Photo: GNFAC

  • Snowpit at the Head of Hellroaring Creek on 1/7/24. Note the two stripes of surface hoar in the pit wall.

  • We measured 16" of low-density snow equaling 0.7" of snow water equivalent at higher elevations in the Centennial Mountains of Island Park, ID. The new snow is sitting on a couple of layers of feathery surface hoar and a weak snowpack. It will not take much wind, settlement, or new snow to push the snowpack to the breaking point. Photo: GNFAC

  • New snow in Island Park made for beautiful views and heightened avalanche danger as the new snow fell on a snowpack riddled with weak layers. Photo: GNFAC

  • Doug Chabot walking off Lionhead Ridge to a snowpit site.

  • We snowmobiled up to 9,000' on Sawtelle peak, then skied to dig a couple pits. Our first pit was on an East aspect on a heavily wind loaded slope. The HS was 130cm (or 4.2 feet). There was 8" of new snow equal to 0.85" SWE, sitting over old consolidated snow that made up a slab over soft, weak facets about 50cm off the ground. We had ECTP24 x2 break on the old weak snow.... Photo: GNFAC

  • We snowmobiled up to 9,000' on Sawtelle peak on 12/23/23. The snow depth at 8,800' was 3-4 feet. Photo: GNFAC

  • Riders saw large surface hoar crystals while riding outside of Island Park. Photo. B.Schleicher

     

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

  • From facebook message: "North facing slope 15 miles south of west Yellowstone probably 30ish degree slope. Probably 16-18 inch slab". Photo: T. Taubman

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • Fugawee Snowmobile Club Assembling New Beacon Checkers. Photo: Kent

  • Went to do maintenance on the Sawtelle Snowfall weather station at 8800 ft just off the Sawtelle Mountain Road. Continuous snowcover starts around 8000 ft. At 8800 ft there is ~20" of snow with a mix of hard crusts and weak facets. These weak layers near the ground will be something to watch once snows again. Photo: GNFAC

  • Went to do maintenance on the Sawtelle Snowfall weather station at 8800 ft just off the Sawtelle Mountain Road. Continuous snowcover starts around 8000 ft. At 8800 ft there is ~20" of snow with a mix of hard crusts and weak facets. These weak layers near the ground will be something to watch once snows again. Photo: GNFAC

  • Went to do maintenance on the Sawtelle Snowfall weather station at 8800 ft just off the Sawtelle Mountain Road. Continuous snowcover starts around 8000 ft. At 8800 ft there is ~20" of snow with a mix of hard crusts and weak facets. These weak layers near the ground will be something to watch once snows again. Photo: GNFAC

  • 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 Island Park

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles ESE Lakeview MT

Winter Weather Advisory until March 1, 05:00pmClick here for hazard details and duration Winter Weather Advisory
  •  Winter Weather Advisory until March 1, 05:00pm

    NOW until
    5:00pm Fri

    Winter Weather Advisory

  • Today

    Today: Snow, mainly before 11am. The snow could be heavy at times.  High near 26. Windy, with a south southwest wind 28 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

    Heavy Snow
    and Windy

    High: 26 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow, mainly after midnight. The snow could be heavy at times.  Low around 22. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.

    Heavy Snow
    and Breezy

    Low: 22 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times.  High near 25. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.

    Heavy Snow
    and Windy

    High: 25 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Snow likely, mainly before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 14 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow Likely
    and Breezy
    then Chance
    Snow

    Low: 5 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16. South southeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    then Snow
    Likely

    High: 16 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: Snow likely, mainly before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Snow Likely

    Low: 3 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Snow likely, mainly after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Snow Likely

    High: 15 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. South wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 7 °F

The Last Word

Clear weather and temperature fluctuations can make a weak layer in the top few cm of the snowpack called near-surface faceting. There are 3 dominant types which are explained in Bruce Jamieson’s new video featuring Karl Birkeland, Doug Chabot, Ed Adams, Mike Cooperstein, Ethan Greene and Mark Staples.

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