Trip Planning for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
May 12″ | NA
Apr 30 1″ | NA
Apr 29 2″ | NA
9460′     03/26 at 10:00
16.2℉
NW - 10mph
Gusts 19 mph
9000′     07/18 at 12:00
71℉
Depth
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

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Mon Apr 22

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Fri Apr 26

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Mon Apr 29

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Thu May 2

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Relevant Photos

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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

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

  • Saw what looked like a wet slab avalanche from the road along the Madison River.  Roughly north facing slope at 7500'.

  • 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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Extended Forecast for

17 Miles SE Big Sky MT

  • This Afternoon

    This Afternoon: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 9 to 17 mph becoming north northeast. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

    High: 78 °F

    Chance
    T-storms and
    Breezy

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8pm and 9pm.  Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 53. Northeast wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable  after midnight.

    Low: 53 °F

    Chance
    T-storms then
    Mostly Clear

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

    High: 78 °F

    Sunny

  • Friday Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. North wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.

    Low: 54 °F

    Mostly Clear

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

    High: 78 °F

    Sunny then
    Slight Chance
    T-storms

  • Saturday Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable  after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

    Low: 53 °F

    Mostly Clear

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

    High: 78 °F

    Sunny

  • Sunday Night

    Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

    Low: 52 °F

    Mostly Clear

  • Monday

    Monday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

    High: 79 °F

    Sunny

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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