Trip Planning for Northern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 37-52 SW
Feb 28 2″ | 23-36 W
Feb 27 8″ | 15-60 W
9982′     02/29 at 07:00
19.8℉
SW - 43mph
Gusts 60 mph
8100′     02/29 at 07:00
25℉
46″ Depth
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow
Bottom Line: Wind is blowing at all elevations and scraping away the fresh snow into thick drifts which are dangerous and could be triggered. The weight of recent wind drifts are making slopes unstable. A person is likely to trigger a slide if they get into avalanche terrain. Even small slopes can avalanche and these point to instability that can be found on bigger slopes.

Past 5 Days

Sun Feb 25

Considerable
Mon Feb 26

Considerable
Tue Feb 27

Considerable
Wed Feb 28

Considerable
Today

Considerable

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Northern Gallatin
Hyalite - main fork
Whumphs and Cracking in Hyalite
Incident details include images
Hyalite - main fork
Coordinates: 45.4472, -110.9620
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

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.


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Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Natural Avalanche off Blackmore Trail
Incident details include images
Incident details contain video
Mt Blackmore
SS-N-R1-D2-O
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.4477, -110.9890
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

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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Northern Gallatin
Hyalite - East Fork
Cracking and collapsing in Hyalite
Hyalite - East Fork
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Wide collapses and cracks reported near Palisades Falls above the east fork Hyalite road. 


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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 Weather Advisory February 29, 05:00pm until March 1, 05:00pmHigh Wind Warning February 29, 08:00am until March 1, 04:00amClick here for hazard details and duration Winter Weather Advisory High Wind Warning
  • Today

    Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Windy, with a south southwest wind 33 to 37 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.

    Mostly Sunny
    and Windy

    High: 33 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow, mainly after 9pm.  Low around 19. Windy, with a south southwest wind 33 to 38 mph decreasing to 25 to 30 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Windy

    Low: 19 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Snow.  High near 27. Windy, with a west southwest wind 22 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Windy

    High: 27 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as zero. Breezy, with a south wind 21 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Breezy

    Low: 17 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Snow.  High near 29. Breezy, with a south wind 22 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Breezy

    High: 29 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Snow likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow Likely
    and Breezy

    Low: 8 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Snow likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. South southwest wind 11 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Likely

    High: 17 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. West wind around 14 mph becoming south in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 7 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: A chance of snow, mainly after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 14.

    Chance Snow

    High: 14 °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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