Trip Planning for Bridgers

as of 5:00 am
May 13″ | 10-26 W
Apr 30 6″ | 15-38 W
Apr 29 2″ | 5-32 W
8100′     05/30 at 01:00
31℉
0.9″New
8500′     05/30 at 01:00
28℉
W - 8mph
Gusts 25 mph
Bottom Line: Spring weather can be highly variable and create a mix of avalanche problems to watch out for. Snow conditions and snow stability can change drastically from day to day or hour to hour. Anticipate rapid change and plan accordingly. Plenty of snowfall over the winter with more spring snow to come makes avalanches possible into summer.

Past 5 Days

Fri Apr 19

None
Mon Apr 22

None
Fri Apr 26

None
Mon Apr 29

None
Thu May 2

None

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Storm slab avalanches at Bridger Bowl
Incident details include images
Bridger Bowl
SS-AS-R2-D1-I
Elevation: 7,500
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.8039, -110.9200
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs 5/23/24: "Toured to the top of PK during today’s storm. Snow was very wet and heavy. We saw no other slides or signs of instability on the way up. Coming down skiers right of flippers, all 3 of us caused small slides and cracking within the new snow. I triggered the largest slide, which was 6-8” deep and 12’ wide."


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  • From obs 5/23/24: "shooting cracks in the top 4 to 5 inches of new snow in middle basin" Photo: N. Greiner

  • From obs 5/23/24: "Toured to the top of PK during today’s storm. Snow was very wet and heavy. We saw no other slides or signs of instability on the way up. Coming down skiers right of flippers, all 3 of us caused small slides and cracking within the new snow. I triggered the largest slide, which was 6-8” deep and 12’ wide." Photo: T. Jordan

  • From email 5/8/24: "A few snaps from today. Observed several D2 slides between sluice box and the nose. I didn't see the toe of these slides, but it looked like there were running with some speed into mid elevation terrain. Slabs were most common in winded terrain, but slides flanked out on new/old interface and 4/26 crust (these layers are not very far apart) even in sheltered middle elevation terrain. Visibility was poor, but I'd expect to see similar large slides in steep, winded terrain" Photo: B. VandenBos

  • From email 5/8/24: "A few snaps from today. Observed several D2 slides between sluice box and the nose. I didn't see the toe of these slides, but it looked like there were running with some speed into mid elevation terrain. Slabs were most common in winded terrain, but slides flanked out on new/old interface and 4/26 crust (these layers are not very far apart) even in sheltered middle elevation terrain. Visibility was poor, but I'd expect to see similar large slides in steep, winded terrain" Photo: B. VandenBos

  • From email 5/8/24: "A few snaps from today. Observed several D2 slides between sluice box and the nose. I didn't see the toe of these slides, but it looked like there were running with some speed into mid elevation terrain. Slabs were most common in winded terrain, but slides flanked out on new/old interface and 4/26 crust (these layers are not very far apart) even in sheltered middle elevation terrain. Visibility was poor, but I'd expect to see similar large slides in steep, winded terrain" Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A skier near the top of the Alpine Lift at Bridger Bowl ski area took a photo of three avalanche crowns near Peter’s Point. Photo: P Hinz

  • On 5/4/24 Skiers triggered large wet loose slides on the Fin near Cooke City

  • From email 5/2/24: "Triggered in the virtues this evening. 40' wide, 4-12" deep, failed as a dense, wind-packed slab on the rain/sun/heat crust underneath the most recent snow.  I had marginal visibility but it looked like there were similar small-ish wind pockets that had failed in a few spots. Good skiing up high, fun first day up there."

  • From obs 4/25/24: "Came across a relatively large wet avalanche when approaching Texas meadows from Bradley’s meadows. Elevation around 7600ft, aspect, SSE. Depth: to ground. Considering the new snow on top of the debris, I’m guessing this slid prior to the storm last week. The slide path was melted out to dirt. Out of curiosity, we dug just to the lookers right of the slide and found soft snow near the ground - still evidence of crystal structure but could make a snowball if squeezed. Best guess is that a point release wet slide entrained enough snow to step down and release the whole face." Photo: A. Kautzer

  • From obs 4/25/24: "Came across a relatively large wet avalanche when approaching Texas meadows from Bradley’s meadows. Elevation around 7600ft, aspect, SSE. Depth: to ground. Considering the new snow on top of the debris, I’m guessing this slid prior to the storm last week. The slide path was melted out to dirt. Out of curiosity, we dug just to the lookers right of the slide and found soft snow near the ground - still evidence of crystal structure but could make a snowball if squeezed. Best guess is that a point release wet slide entrained enough snow to step down and release the whole face." Photo: A. Kautzer

  • On sunday 4/14 a large wet loose avalanche ran naturally in closed terrain at Bridger. The larger of the two in the photo, on the right, is from 4/14 at 1230pm. The other slide, on the left, happened yesterday (4/13) or late in the day Friday. Photo: BBSP

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

     

  • Driving home from Bridger Bowl, I spotted a number of wet, loose avalanches in Argentina Bowl. It was 1:30 PM when I saw them, and the sun was still blazing. I would expect there was more activity as the afternoon progressed. Photo: GNFAC

  • Driving home from Bridger Bowl, I spotted a number of wet, loose avalanches in Argentina Bowl. It was 1:30 PM when I saw them, and the sun was still blazing. I would expect there was more activity as the afternoon progressed. Photo: GNFAC

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • Skiers triggered this avalanche on a north-facing slope near the Anger Lake basin.  The crown was 4-18 inches deep and propagated the entire width of the gully ~40 feet and ran the entire length of the gully ~500 vertical feet. The skier was able to ski out of the avalanche right as it broke and was not carried. Photo: Anonymous

  • Skiers triggered this avalanche on a north-facing slope near the Anger Lake basin.  The crown was 4-18 inches deep and propagated the entire width of the gully ~40 feet and ran the entire length of the gully ~500 vertical feet. The skier was able to ski out of the avalanche right as it broke and was not carried. Photo: Anonymous

  • The largest skier-triggered avalanche that we saw today. The crown extended out of frame below steep rocks. This avalanche broke ~1' deep within the recent storm snow. R2/D2. Photo: GNFAC

  • The largest skier-triggered avalanche that we saw today. The crown extended out of frame below steep rocks. This avalanche broke ~1' deep within the recent storm snow. R2/D2. Photo: GNFAC

  • The largest skier-triggered avalanche that we saw today. The crown extended out of frame below steep rocks. This avalanche broke ~1' deep within the recent storm snow. R2/D2. Photo: GNFAC

  • One of several skier-triggered avalanches that broke within the recent storm snow, ~1' deep. R2/D1.5. Photo: GNFAC

  • One of several skier-triggered avalanches that broke within the recent storm snow, ~1' deep. R2/D1.5. Photo: GNFAC

  • Riders saw this recent storm slab avalanche while riding near Fairy Lake. This avalanche was triggered by riders not in their group. Photo: Anonymous

  • Skiers in the Love Chutes triggered this avalanche after a ski cut produced no results. Further down the chute, the first skier triggered an 18" wind slab avalanche. They were carried 200' before self-arresting and were uninjured. Photo: Anonymous 

  • Skiers in the Love Chutes triggered this avalanche after a ski cut produced no results. Further down the chute, the first skier triggered an 18" wind slab avalanche. They were carried 200' before self-arresting and were uninjured. Photo: Anonymous 

  • A skier triggered a small avalanche on a steep north-facing pitch at the Throne, but it did not run far. Photo: GNFAC

  • While ski touring in Frazier Basin we saw at least 12 recent loose wet avalanches on east and south aspects. Most of them started near exposed rocks and entrained the upper 6" of wet snow. Photo: GNFAC

  • Loose wet avalanches on the east face of the October Bowl from 04/02/2024. Photo: GNFAC

  • A large slab avalanche behind the Nose. Photo: GNFAC

  • From IG: Very touchy on Hollywood wall this morning. All slopes easily propagated 4-6” deep on a firm bed surface. Most were less than 50’ wide with the exception of the slide in the couloir which propagated down the entire couloir, maybe 500’ wide, and ran through the exits into the main bowl.

  • From IG: Very touchy on Hollywood wall this morning. All slopes easily propagated 4-6” deep on a firm bed surface. Most were less than 50’ wide with the exception of the slide in the couloir which propagated down the entire couloir, maybe 500’ wide, and ran through the exits into the main bowl.

  • There was a small wind-slab release out of Gibbs (I think), I suspect skier triggered, but I could make out a track. Photo: GNFAC

  • On our drive home we saw, what I assume were, natural wind-slab avalanches on Quarter Saddle (looked like a cornice collapse) and in Argentina Bowl. Bridger Peak was obscured by heavy wind-loading. Photo: GNFAC

  • On our drive home we saw, what I assume were, natural wind-slab avalanches on Quarter Saddle (looked like a cornice collapse) and in Argentina Bowl. Bridger Peak was obscured by heavy wind-loading. Photo: GNFAC

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Weather Forecast Bridgers

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles NNE Bozeman MT

  • Overnight

    Overnight: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly between 2am and 3am. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Low: 30 °F

    Chance Snow
    Showers

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers between 9am and 10am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

    High: 48 °F

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers
    and Breezy
    then Sunny

  • Thursday Night

    Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West southwest wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

    Low: 31 °F

    Partly Cloudy

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    High: 56 °F

    Sunny

  • Friday Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming east southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

    Low: 38 °F

    Mostly Clear

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

    High: 65 °F

    Sunny then
    Slight Chance
    Showers

  • Saturday Night

    Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. West southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

    Low: 43 °F

    Chance
    Showers

  • Sunday

    Sunday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    High: 62 °F

    Chance
    Showers

  • Sunday Night

    Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

    Low: 46 °F

    Mostly Cloudy

The Last Word

We began daily forecasts on December 7. 130 daily forecasts and 464 reported avalanches later, we wrapped up our daily forecasting season on April 14th. Read our SEASON SUMMARY to look back at the 2023-24 avalanche forecasting season.

Thank you to everyone that sent in observations, read the advisories, took an avalanche class, or donated money, time or gear. Our success is directly related to support from the community and the Forest Service. Have a safe spring and summer!

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