Trip Planning for Northern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | NA
Apr 15 0″ | NA
Apr 14 0″ | NA
9982′     03/30 at 12:00
23.8℉
W - 1mph
Gusts 4 mph
8100′     04/16 at 21:00
27℉
Depth
Primary Problem: Wet Snow
Bottom Line: Daily forecasts are done for the season, but avalanches will continue. Remain diligent with your snowpack assessments and route-finding, and adapt your decision-making to changing conditions. On Monday and Tuesday, wet snow avalanches are likely. The snow is unstable on a spectrum, from when the upper few inches of the snowpack are wet and slushy to the entire snowpack being unsupportable. Avoid steep slopes and runout zones where these scenarios are present. Beginning Tuesday night, as snow returns to the area, watch for signs of instability within the new and wind-drifted snow, such as shooting cracks, and dig down until you find a supportable crust to test for instability above this level. Avoid steep slopes where you find instability.

Past 5 Days

Thu Apr 11

Considerable
Fri Apr 12

Considerable
Sat Apr 13

Considerable
Sun Apr 14

Considerable
Mon Apr 15

None

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Southern Madison
Quake Lake
Wet Slab Avalanche Above Quake Lake
Incident details include images
Quake Lake
WS-N-R2-D2-G
Coordinates: 44.8524, -111.3920
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG: Wet slide to the ground above Quake Lake. 


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Northern Gallatin
Hyalite Peak
Hyalite Peak Slide
Incident details include images
Hyalite Peak
SS-N-R1-D1-I
Elevation: 10,200
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.3810, -110.9610
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "Spotted two fresh natural slides, one within Divide cirque on a NE aspect @ ~9,800 (D1, R1), and another on the N face of Hyalite @ ~10,200ft. that was mostly out of view, but could be estimated around similar size and destructiveness. These seem to have occurred within the last 24 hours, or after snowfall, likely windslabs on lee slopes." 

 


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Northern Gallatin
Divide Cirque
Divide Cirque Slide
Incident details include images
Divide Cirque
SS-N-R1-D1-I
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.4026, -110.9750
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "Spotted two fresh natural slides, one within Divide cirque on a NE aspect @ ~9,800 (D1, R1), and another on the N face of Hyalite @ ~10,200ft. that was mostly out of view, but could be estimated around similar size and destructiveness. These seem to have occurred within the last 24 hours, or after snowfall, likely windslabs on lee slopes."


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  • From IG message: “Rode the banana today.. lots of fast moving sluff. Had a mid elevation pocket pop. New snow seemed to have bonded well, the spot that did pop had formed into 12” slab below rock face.”

  • We toured up to Flanders Mtn and saw a big, deep 2-6' deep avalanche that broke 300-500' wide in weak snow at the bottom of the snowpack. It broke across two separate start zones and included a lower angle ridge (still around 30 degrees) in between that slid. E-NE aspect at 9,800'. HS-N-R3-D3-O.  Photo: GNFAC

     

  • We toured up to Flanders Mtn and saw a big, deep 2-6' deep avalanche that broke 300-500' wide in weak snow at the bottom of the snowpack. It broke across two separate start zones and included a lower angle ridge (still around 30 degrees) in between that slid. E-NE aspect at 9,800'. HS-N-R3-D3-O.  Photo: GNFAC

     

  • We toured up to Flanders Mtn and saw a big, deep 2-6' deep avalanche that broke 300-500' wide in weak snow at the bottom of the snowpack. It broke across two separate start zones and included a lower angle ridge (still around 30 degrees) in between that slid. E-NE aspect at 9,800'. HS-N-R3-D3-O.  Photo: GNFAC

     

  • We toured up to Flanders Mtn and saw a big, deep 2-6' deep avalanche that broke 300-500' wide in weak snow at the bottom of the snowpack. It broke across two separate start zones and included a lower angle ridge (still around 30 degrees) in between that slid. E-NE aspect at 9,800'. HS-N-R3-D3-O.  Photo: GNFAC

     

  • We toured up to Flanders Mtn and saw a big, deep 2-6' deep avalanche that broke 300-500' wide in weak snow at the bottom of the snowpack. It broke across two separate start zones and included a lower angle ridge (still around 30 degrees) in between that slid. E-NE aspect at 9,800'. HS-N-R3-D3-O.  Photo: GNFAC

     

     

  • Skiers on 03/29/2024 saw this small avalanche on Hyalite Peak that had likely happened early that morning or the day before. Photo: W. Hubbard

  • From obs: "Spotted this big guy on the east face of Blackmore today. Seemingly natural and I believe it occurred in the last 36 hours or so. Debris had last nights snow on it. I’d estimate it at D2." Photo: E. Heiman

  • From obs: "Spotted this big guy on the east face of Blackmore today. Seemingly natural and I believe it occurred in the last 36 hours or so. Debris had last nights snow on it. I’d estimate it at D2. " Photo E. Heiman

  • Skiers on 03/29/2024 saw this avalanche on the N face of Hyalite Peak from Divide Cirque. This avalanche likely occurred in the last 24 hours. Photo: E. Webb 

  • On 03/29/2024 skiers saw this recent avalanche on a NE aspect in the Divide Cirque at 9800'. This likely happened in the last 24 hours. Photo: E. Webb 

  • The avalanche occurred on the northernmost ridgeline in the Mt. Blackmore system near the waypoint at the top of the image. GNFAC/ Gaia

  • Two skiers were ascending a northeast-facing avalanche path on the northernmost ridgeline of Mount Blackmore around 1 PM when they triggered a large, dry slab avalanche that failed 3 feet deep, 150 feet wide, and ran 500 feet vertical. Debris piled up 4-8 feet deep and broke a number of mature trees. Photo: GNFAC

  • Two skiers were ascending a northeast-facing avalanche path on the northernmost ridgeline of Mount Blackmore around 1 PM when they triggered a large, dry slab avalanche that failed 3 feet deep, 150 feet wide, and ran 500 feet vertical. Debris piled up 4-8 feet deep. This photo captures the first area to avalanche on the climber's right side of the path. Photo: GNFAC

  • Two skiers were ascending a northeast-facing avalanche path on the northernmost ridgeline of Mount Blackmore around 1 PM when they triggered a large, dry slab avalanche that failed 3 feet deep, 150 feet wide, and ran 500 feet vertical. Debris piled up 4-8 feet deep. One skier was carried to the bottom left of the runout zone. Photo: GNFAC

  • Two skiers were ascending a northeast-facing avalanche path on the northernmost ridgeline of Mount Blackmore around 1 PM when they triggered a large, dry slab avalanche that failed 3 feet deep, 150 feet wide, and ran 500 feet vertical. Debris piled up 4-8 feet deep. One skier was carried to the bottom left of the runout zone. Photo: GNFAC

  • Two skiers were ascending a northeast-facing avalanche path on the northernmost ridgeline of Mount Blackmore around 1 PM when they triggered a large, dry slab avalanche that failed 3 feet deep, 150 feet wide, and ran 500 feet vertical. Debris piled up 4-8 feet deep. Photo: GNFAC

  • My partner and I were approaching Responsible FamilyMan via Avalanche Gulch early yesterday morning (3/18), and once we broke through the trees into the runout zone, we stumbled across a pretty large wet avalanche debris field. The debris terminated within ~50 yards of the max runout zone. Photo: R. Parsons

  • My partner and I were approaching Responsible Family Man via Avalanche Gulch early yesterday morning (3/18), and once we broke through the trees into the runout zone, we stumbled across a pretty large wet avalanche debris field. The debris terminated within ~50 yards of the max runout zone. Photo: R. Parsons

  • A wet loose snow avalanche on the southeast aspect on Mt Blackmore at 9700 to 9800 feet elevation. Photo: C Daniels

  • 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

     

     

  • Skiers noted a large natural avalanche on the North face of Mt Blackmore that broke overnight. The crown was around 8 feet deep. Photo: E. Roman

  • Skiers noted a large natural avalanche on the North face of Mt Blackmore that broke overnight. The crown was around 8 feet deep. Photo: E. Roman

  • Skiers noted a large natural avalanche on the North face of Mt Blackmore that broke overnight. The crown was around 8 feet deep. Photo: E. Roman

  • One of several natural avalanches in the upper South Cottonwood drainage that skiers saw while in Hyalite. Photo: L. Gabrielson

  • One of several natural avalanches in the upper South Cottonwood drainage that skiers saw while in Hyalite. Photo: L. Gabrielson

  • One of several natural avalanches in the upper South Cottonwood drainage that skiers saw while in Hyalite. Photo: L. Gabrielson

     

  • This large avalanche was observed on Sunday, 03/03/2024 by riders in Portal Creek. Photo taken today, 03/07/2024. Photo: G. Edwards

     

  • Skiers from History Rock saw a few recent natural avalanches on Mt. Blackmore that likely happened during or near the end of a storm on 03/02-03/03. Photo: E. Webb

  • From obs: "Shot from the top of Flanders, ~1400 this afternoon, 3/3/2024. Big slide(s) on Arden and in Maid of the Mist. Looks like the skin track and ski track between the two slides got taken out. At first glance from across the way it looked like the skin track was crossing over the debris, but when zoomed in it looks like the debris overran the skin track and the ski track." Photo: M. Zia

  • From obs: "Shot from the top of Flanders, ~1400 this afternoon, 3/3/2024. Big slide(s) on Arden and in Maid of the Mist. Looks like the skin track and ski track between the two slides got taken out. At first glance from across the way it looked like the skin track was crossing over the debris, but when zoomed in it looks like the debris overran the skin track and the ski track." Photo: M. Zia

     

  • Skiers experienced widespread cracking and collapsing while touring in Hyalite. The largest of which shot 100' out in front of them. Photo: S. Lowe

  • Skiers on 03/02/2024 observed several natural avalanches that likely happened in the last 24 hours. Photo: Anonymous 

  • Skies on 03/02/2024 observed several natural avalanches that likely happened in the last 24 hours. Photo: Anonymous 

  • Photo from IG, slide occurred night of 3/1.

  • Observed on 03/01: Riders in Hyalite saw an avalanche on an east-facing slope near Maid of the Mist. This likely happened between 02/29/2024- 03/01/2024. Photo: Anonymous

  • Skiing some dog pow across Hyalite reservoir between 7200-7800’ on a NE pitch I got lots of whumphs and shooting cracks while braking trail. This was a shallower snowpack than most other areas, it was still easy to break into basil facets with skis on.

  • Skiing some dog pow across Hyalite reservoir between 7200-7800’ on a NE pitch I got lots of whumphs and shooting cracks while braking trail. This was a shallower snowpack than most other areas, it was still easy to break into basil facets with skis on.

  • From IG: This avalanche was from this morning (02/28). It was windy and the gully was likely wind-loaded. One video shows the debris and crown. The pin on the map (below) shows the location of the debris.

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Weather Forecast Northern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

14 Miles SE Gallatin Gateway MT

Winter Storm Warning until April 17, 06:00pmClick here for hazard details and duration Winter Storm Warning
  •  Winter Storm Warning until April 17, 06:00pm

    NOW until
    6:00pm Wed

    Winter Storm Warning

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times.  Low around 17. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.

    Heavy Snow

    Low: 17 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Snow, mainly before 3pm.  High near 21. North northwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

    Snow then
    Snow Likely

    High: 21 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 9 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Partly Sunny
    then Slight
    Chance Snow

    High: 26 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow

    Low: 11 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: A 20 percent chance of snow.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow

    High: 26 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. North northeast wind around 11 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

    Slight Chance
    Snow

    Low: 13 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. South southeast wind around 10 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 37 °F

The Last Word

We began our daily forecasts on December 7. 130 daily forecasts and 464 reported avalanches later, we wrapped up our daily forecasting season on April 14th. While avalanches remain a concern until the snow is in the rivers, read our SEASON SUMMARY to look back at the heart of the 2023-24 avalanche year.

Additionally, please join us in congratulating Doug Chabot on his retirement from the GNFAC after 29 years of forecasting and 25 years as the center’s director. Thank you for everything, Doug!

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