Trip Planning for Northern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Mar 12″ | 30-60 SW
Feb 29 0″ | 37-52 SW
Feb 28 2″ | 23-36 W
9982′     03/01 at 03:00
19.8℉
SW - 14mph
Gusts 40 mph
8100′     03/02 at 03:00
25℉
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
Fri Mar 1

Considerable

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Loose Snow Avalanches on Mt. Blackmore
Mt Blackmore
Coordinates: 45.4444, -111.0040
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skiers at Mt. Blackmore on 03/01/2024 saw numerous loose snow avalanches. 


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Northern Gallatin
Divide Cirque
Wind slab Avalanches in Divide Cirque, Hyalite
Divide Cirque
N-D1.5
Coordinates: 45.3934, -110.9690
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs on 03/01/2024: "Looking out towards Divide Peak and the Divide Cirque at the end of the day, we noted 3 fresh crowns that were not present in the morning. These were D1 to D1.5 in size, breaking along the base of cliffs, and appeared to be wind slab avalanches from a brief peek through some glass. There was a lot of small loose dry activity that we observed across canyon at middle to upper elevations as you would expect with strong winds and fresh snow. All activity was in line with what one would expect given the forecast and weather inputs. "


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Northern Gallatin
Widespread Collapsing Mosier Creek
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skiers on 02/28/2024 experienced widespread collapsing while in the Mosier Creek drainage in Hyalite. 


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Relevant Photos

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  • 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.

  • From obs: "Several small slabs pulled out above The Shimmy, left of Cleo's. Observed from across the valley while climbing the Dribbles. Did not observe them run, only saw the crowns. Unknown date of avalanches, but crowns were quite distinct from across the way." Photo: M. Zia

  • On 02/22/2024 we saw a natural avalanche in the Divide Cirque that probably happened late last week near 02/17/2024. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 02/22/2024 from the Divide Cirque we saw a natural avalanche near Overlook Mountain that probably happened late last week near 02/17/2024. Photo: GNFAC

  • Observed on 02/19/2024: From obs: "From the approach trail to Mummy II we saw two large crowns on the ridge associated with Mt. Bole. Not sure when they happened, but they looked pretty big!" Photo: M. Bjornsson

  • Observed on 02/19/2024: From obs: "From the approach trail to Mummy II we saw two large crowns on the ridge associated with Mt. Bole. Not sure when they happened, but they looked pretty big!" Photo: M. Bjornsson

  • Observed on 02/19/2024: From obs: "From the approach trail to Mummy II we saw two large crowns on the ridge associated with Mt. Bole. Not sure when they happened, but they looked pretty big!" Photo: M. Bjornsson

  • Climbers in Hyalite saw an avalanche that likely happened in the last 48 hours above Twin Falls on 02/19/2024. The trigger is unknown, 3' at the deepest point, and broke 100' wide. Photo: R. Parsons 

     

  • Climbers in Hyalite saw an avalanche that likely happened in the last 48 hours above Twin Falls on 02/19/2024. The trigger is unknown, 3' at the deepest point, and broke 100' wide. Photo: R. Parsons 

     

  • Climbers in Hyalite saw an avalanche that likely happened in the last 48 hours above Twin Falls on 02/19/2024. The trigger is unknown, 3' at the deepest point, and broke 100' wide. Photo: R. Parsons 

     

     

  • A skier on 02/18/2024 saw a large natural avalanche on the NE face south of Flanders that likely happened on 02/15/2024. Photo: Anonymous 

  • From obs 2/17/24: "Lots of natural activity up buck ridge. The one photoed looked like it popped off this morning. Most activity we saw seemed to be on northern facing aspects" Photo: M. Forbes

  • From facebook: "Rode up Portal creek today... We triggered 4 avalanches with the farthest one being 300 yards away. The one in the photo was the scariest one. We were playing below the windy pass hillclimb and the chute next to it let go. We had a sledder almost get caught in it, but thankfully everyone was ok. It's scary out there!"

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  • Climbers in Hyalite saw an avalanche near Solstice that happened on 01/21. This avalanche is 1' deep at the crown and with 18" of facets snow below. Photo: R. Meshew

  • Climbers in Hyalite saw an avalanche near Solstice that happened on 01/21. This avalanche is 1' deep at the crown and with 18" of facets snow below. Photo: R. Meshew

  • From obs: "The crown was just over 2ft deep at its max and 150ft+ wide. The were signs of recent wind loading as we approached the bowl prior to the slide." Photo. T. Hoefler

  • The debris of an avalanche that was triggered by skiers that was triggered 400 feet above them. The skiers were not on the path of the avalanche. Photo: T. Hoefler

  • Photo: T. Hoefler

  • Skiers triggered an avalanche on an east-facing slope at 9350ft.

    From obs: "The crown was just over 2ft deep at its max and 150ft+ wide. The were signs of recent wind loading as we approached the bowl prior to the slide. We did not observe any other avalanches while we were out." Photo: T. Hoefler

  • Skiers in the SE bowl of Flanders triggered an avalanche from the bottom of the slope. This happened on 01/20.

    From Obs: "as he turned into the bowl, a remote triggered avalanche ripped out above him. He was fast to reach a safe position in the trees by the time the avalanche finished its ride. The photo shows the 3 ski tracks, and the most left one is what remote triggered above." Photo: Anonymous 

  • From obs: "We considered skiing east into middle just before the prayer flags, but when approaching the slope to dig a pit we got a significant collapse and decided to ski a more conservative pitch further north. When continuing north on the ridge we saw a recent cornice collapse which triggered an avalanche" This avalanche was triggered by skiers breaking cornices on 01/20. Photo: M. Zenker

     

     

  • Skiers saw a recent natural avalanche on the west side of Mt. Blackmore. Photo: S. Lowe

  • From obs: "The crown of the westward slide looked to be around 4'. Like the one reported the other day, it ran almost to the skin track. Winds were high in the basin and on the ridge tops, transporting snow into moderately stiff slabs." Photo: S. Lowe

  • A natural avalanche to the lookers left of the summit of Mt. Blackmore. 

    From obs: "I noticed new debris coming out of the lookers left chute on Southeast face of Blackmore. got closer to the ridge and noticed this. happened last night or this morning. 5 feet deep 50 to 100 ft wide and ran roughly 800 feet." 

    Photo: N. English

  • Avalanche triggered on 01/19. From obs on 01/20: "Off the top on the face of Blackmore- Talked to the guy that set this slide off, it was triggered while he was skiing down yesterday (01/19) morning from the summit. Ran all the way down to almost the skin track." Photo: N. English

     

     

  • From obs: "About 50' from our pit we remotely triggered two D1 slab avalanches which broke on the roll over 150' above us. Crowns looked between 1-2' and 20-30' wide. The larger of the two ran 100' more or less." Photo: S. Lowe

  • From obs: "About 50' from our pit we remotely triggered two D1 slab avalanches which broke on the roll over 150' above us. Crowns looked between 1-2' and 20-30' wide." Photo: S. Lowe

  • From Obs:  "While skiing one of our intended slopes, one of my partners skied over a small rollover and as he arrived at the bottom of the small slope a pocket had released above him and stopped just above where he was standing. The culprit was again the recent snow on top of older faceted snow." Photo: Anonymous 

  • Wind loaded gully above Crypt Orchid in Hyalite. Photo: T Hughes

  • Seen on a ski tour on 1/08. From Obs: Notice a few natural avalanches and one skier triggered avalanche near of the top of Blackmore. Looked as though it was a ski cut that popped the slab. Photo: S. Lowe

  • From obs: "I experienced a large, audible collapse and shooting cracks in a 10ft radius around me" Photo: Anonymous 

     

     

  • Skiers on 12/21 saw 2 old avalanches while skiing in the Divide Peak Cirque. These avalanches likely happened near the end of the last storm cycle, 12/9. 

    From obs: "Saw evidence of two natural avalanches on southwest aspects (see photos). The age of these slides was hard to gauge based on our lack of recent snow."

  • Roller balls in Hyalite at 8000'. Photo: M. Zia

  • Skiers on 12/17 saw cracking while touring in Beehive Basin. Photo: E. Webb

  • From obs: "We were ice climbing on Mummy 3 and 4 yesterday and as we looked across the valley to Mount Bole, we could see evidence of avalanche activity on the NE aspect of the peak. It looked quite big in length but could tell a depth from that far away." Photo: R. Dorn

    Photo taken 12/14/23. Avalanche likely released the previous weekend, around 12/9/23. 

  • From obs: "We also saw some spectacular surface hoar- probably 1-2" tall in places with extremely sugary snow underneath" Photo: USFS Bozeman Snow Rangers

  • Got a view of the bowls behind maid of the mist and above twin falls today. Multiple natural wind slabs, up to size 2, on E and NE aspects, roughly 9500 ft. SS-N-R2D2-I.  My guess is they are roughly 48 hrs old.

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Weather Forecast Northern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

14 Miles SE Gallatin Gateway MT

Winter Storm Warning until March 3, 04:00amClick here for hazard details and duration Winter Storm Warning
  •  Winter Storm Warning until March 3, 04:00am

    NOW until
    4:00am Sun

    Winter Storm Warning

  • Overnight

    Overnight: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy, with a south wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.  Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Breezy

    Low: 21 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Snow, mainly after 11am.  Patchy blowing snow. High near 29. Breezy, with a south southwest wind around 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    High: 29 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 1am.  Patchy blowing snow before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -15. Breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Likely
    and Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    Low: 5 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: A 40 percent chance of snow after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.  Little or no snow accumulation expected.

    Chance Snow

    High: 18 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. South southwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 6 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: A 50 percent chance of snow after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 19. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Breezy

    High: 19 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Breezy

    Low: 11 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Snow likely, mainly after 11am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 22 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.

    Snow Likely
    and Breezy

    High: 24 °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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