Trip Planning for Southern Madison

as of 5:00 am
Today7″ | NA
Nov 27 0″ | NA
Nov 26 0″ | NA
9460′     03/30 at 14:00
Weather station is Offline
9000′     11/28 at 21:00
-1℉
28″ Depth
Bottom Line: Dangerous avalanche conditions exist in the mountains around West Yellowstone and Cooke City and in the Gallatin and Southern Madison Ranges where 9-13” of snow fell in the last 48 hours. Strong winds gusting to 65 mph created unstable drifts at many elevations and aspects. Human-triggered avalanches breaking up to two feet deep are likely on wind-loaded slopes. Larger avalanches breaking deeper into the snowpack are possible. Careful route-finding that avoids steep, wind-loaded slopes, a snowpack assessment focused on identifying instabilities in new and wind-drifted snow and conservative decision-making are essential.
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Past 5 Days

Thu Nov 24

Moderate
Fri Nov 25

Moderate
Sat Nov 26

Moderate
Sun Nov 27

Moderate
Today

Considerable

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Southern Madison
Tepee Basin
Avalanche Crowns in Tepee Basin
Incident details include images
Tepee Basin
N-R2-D2
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.9041, -111.1850
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A number of Avalanche Crowns on an east aspect at 9500 ft.


More Avalanche Details

Relevant Photos

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  • At 1:30pm on 11/23 I intentionally triggered a fresh drift of snow in a narrow avalanche path along the edge of the north bowl at Bridger. Northeast aspect at 7,600’ elevation. The crown was 6-8” deep consisting of snow that fell today, 20’ wide and ran 250’ vertical. SS-ASc-R2-D1.5-I. Photo: GNFAC

  • At 1:30pm on 11/23 I intentionally triggered a fresh drift of snow in a narrow avalanche path along the edge of the north bowl at Bridger. Northeast aspect at 7,600’ elevation. The crown was 6-8” deep consisting of snow that fell today, 20’ wide and ran 250’ vertical. SS-ASc-R2-D1.5-I. Photo: GNFAC

  • Big Sky ski patrol triggered these slides with explosives on 11/22 during routine avalanche mitigation work. The avalanches were hard slabs that averaged 12" deep and broke on a weak layer above a crust on top of snow that fell in October. Photo: BSSP

  • Big Sky ski patrol triggered these slides with explosives on 11/22 during routine avalanche mitigation work. The avalanches were hard slabs that averaged 12" deep and broke on a weak layer above a crust on top of snow that fell in October. Photo: BSSP

  • An observer reported "A number of Avalanche Crowns on an east aspect at 9500 ft." in Tepee Basin.

  • Observer reported "A number of Avalanche Crowns on an east aspect at 9500 ft." in Tepee Basin.

  • An observer reported "A number of Avalanche Crowns on an east aspect at 9500 ft." in Tepee Basin

  • From obs: "Skied Hyalite Peak today and found a wind slab ~10cm deep. Ski cut a small cornice below the main face and broke a small slide that carried ~20’ with little energy with a ~25’ wide crown" Photo: C. Crowe

  • From obs 11/12/22: "Looks like this could be a problem when buried."

  • Evidence of wind-loading creating the conditions for avalanches in the Bridger Range. Cracking is an indicator of instability. The observer noted this was "Nothing consequential," but this shows that unstable drifts are forming. They will be more consequential where there is more snow and as the wind creates larger drifts. Photo: E Smith

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Weather Forecast Southern Madison

Extended Forecast for

20 Miles S Big Sky MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -7. Wind chill values as low as -20. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: -7 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 7. Wind chill values as low as -20. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 7 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow after 11pm.  Patchy blowing snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 5 by 4am. Wind chill values as low as -20. South southwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow and
    Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    Low: -3 °F⇑

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Cloudy, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -15. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Breezy

    High: 17 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a south wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Breezy

    Low: 14 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Snow likely, mainly after 11am.  Cloudy, with a high near 23. Breezy, with a south wind 22 to 25 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

    High: 23 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Snow.  Low around 13. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Breezy

    Low: 13 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Snow likely, mainly before 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 17. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

    Snow Likely
    and Breezy

    High: 17 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: A slight chance of snow before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

    Slight Chance
    Snow then
    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 5 °F

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