Trip Planning for Lionhead Range

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 20-30 W
Nov 28 0″ | 20-30 W
Nov 27 0″ | 15-35 W
8775′  11/29 at 12:08
30℉
W - 22mph
Gusts 31mph
7750′   11/29 at 12:00
40℉
11″ Depth
Bottom Line: Strong winds will return midweek, drifting soft snow into unstable stabs. The better coverage found on wind-drifted slopes may entice us, but this is where avalanches are most likely to occur. Carefully evaluate snowpack stability and the consequences of getting caught in an avalanche with sharp rocks just inches below you.
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Past 5 Days

Fri Nov 19

None
Mon Nov 22

None
Wed Nov 24

None
Fri Nov 26

None
Today

None

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Bridger Range
Saddle Peak
Natural on Saddle Peak
Incident details include images
Saddle Peak
SS-N-R1-D2
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.7943, -110.9360
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs. 11/10:  "Fitness skinning around Bridger Bowl yesterday and noticed a fairly large, new avalanche on the east face of the North peak of Saddle. Maybe 100 feet below the ridge, about 100 wide at the crown, ran thru the rock bands but not over the cliff. Was taken back by the clean propagation." -Albert


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  • Skiers on Mount Blackmore observed cracking within the freshly wind-loaded snow on a southeast-facing slope just below the ridge (11/24/21). Photo: J Schack

  • Snowcover on Lionhead ridge begins at about 7,000' in elevation on 11/16. Snowmobiling or skiing from Targhee Pass looks very thin and patchy. Photo: GNFAC

  • Taken on 11/16, consistent snow on all aspects begins around 7,000 feet. 1.5-2 feet of snow is found above 8.500'. Photo: GNFAC

  • From e-mail 11/7/21: "...Once in airplane bowl we saw multiple large slides that ran last night, syn-storm. Most of which came down from the East face of Sac. A few 200-300’ wide and running the length of the bowl.,,, attached is a grainy cell phone pic of the slides in Airplane Bowl." -Anonymous.

  • From email 11/4/21: "...noticed two small wet loose avalanches in the east facing bowl between Pomp and Hardscrabble Peaks." Photo: H. Darby

  • From e-mail 11/4/21: "Hiking up in the Bridger Range from Sacagawea Pass and noticed no faceting of the current snowpack. The snow near the pass and on the ridge is very wind affected as is to be expected and dropping into the bowl on the east side of the Pass the snowpack there has a distinct sun crust. Dug around a little bit at 8600 ft on a NE aspect and found a sun crust of about two inches with what felt like rounded grains below that. Even in the direct sun, the crust was taking a long time to rewarm and was pretty slippery..." Photo: H. Darby

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Weather Forecast Lionhead Range

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles WNW West Yellowstone MT

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 4pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Southwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.  Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    High: 33 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 9pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    then Mostly
    Cloudy

    Low: 21 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Southwest wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 28 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow after 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow

    Low: 25 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. South southwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    High: 29 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 26 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 31. South southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 31 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 24 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 28.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 28 °F

The Last Word

Doug was interviewed by Justin Angle for Montana Public Radio about his background, avalanches, and his work in Central Asia. You can listen to the interview HERE.


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