Avalanche Activity

Northern Madison
Deer Creek
Small whumphs and triggered wind slab
Deer Creek
SS-ASc-R1-D1
Elevation: 8,000
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.3186, -111.2560
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Toured/ skied on S though E aspects between 6000' and 8200' and observed the following:

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-Several localized whumphs 

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-Stomped one freshly wind-loaded rollover on micro-terrain and released a small (15 cm - 30cm thick) windslab

 


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Cooke City
Fisher Mtn.
Skier triggered slide on Fisher Mountain
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Fisher Mtn.
SS-ASu-R2-D2-I
Elevation: 9,700
Aspect: SW
Coordinates: 45.0661, -109.9590
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Dug at South facing snowpit at 9700' near the base of a wind-loaded slope, ECTX HS:280. Continued on less than 200' up the slope, the skier breaking trail triggered the avalanche. The third skier in the group of five was caught, carried, and buried to the waist. The crown was 1-2' deep, and 50 feet wide. Location: South of Fisher Mountain. Yesterday triggered a small windslab on a north-facing slope on miller ridge, no one was involved. 

 


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Northern Madison
Lone Mountain
Skier triggered slide in Lone Mountain backcountry
Lone Mountain
Coordinates: 45.2777, -111.4510
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A 2’ storm snow avalanche in the Chippewa Notch area was apparently triggered by a rider. It propagated significantly across complex terrain, and ran through plenty of terrain traps/trauma trees.


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Cooke City
Mount Abundance
Small snowbike triggered slide near Abundance
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Mount Abundance
SS-AM-R2-D1
Coordinates: 45.0773, -110.0210
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We triggered this very small slide on a steep convex  rollover by mt abundance. South facing. Triggered from on top by snow bike. Was only 60’ wide and didn’t run far at all. About a foot deep.  Some impressive high mark tracks in the area. No other signs of instability today.


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Snowmobiler triggered on Buck Ridge
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Buck Ridge
SS-AMu-R3-D2-I
Elevation: 9,300
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From FB message: I triggered this one Thursday night (2/2/23). Got lucky it didn't gain speed and sack on itself. Been in this zone 1000 times, never seen it slide, always gotta be on your game... NE aspect in Beaver Creek.


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Northern Madison
Lone Mountain
Skier triggered slide in Lone Peak backcountry
Lone Mountain
AS
Coordinates: 45.2777, -111.4510
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 0

Big Sky Ski Patrol reported a skier triggered avalanche in "The Mullet" in the backcountry outside the ski resort boundaries. One skiers was reportedly caught and carried by the slide. The initial skier triggered slide also triggered another avalanche in the adjacent "Rattail" avalanche path. Details are second hand and specifics could not be confirmed due to low visibility.


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Southern Gallatin
Specimen Creek
Whumpfs in Specimen Creek
Specimen Creek
Coordinates: 45.0265, -111.0480
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skiers reported getting several whumpfs in a thin snowpack in Specimen Creek.

 


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Collapsing NW of Cooke City
COOKE CITY
AS
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skiers northwest of Cooke City reported several collapses while they were breaking trail. 


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Northern Gallatin
Hyalite - main fork
Natural Avalanches, Main Fork and Divide Peak Cirque
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Hyalite - main fork
SS-N
Coordinates: 45.4472, -110.9620
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A snowboarder noticed several small slides on the east-facing walls of the Main Fork of Hyalite Creek and a small slab avalanche in the back of the Divide Peak basin. 


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Bridger Range
Saddle Peak
Sympathetic Release of the Football Field
Saddle Peak
HS-AE-R3-D3-O
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.7943, -110.9360
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From BBSP: "Most of the Football Field pulled with the top Bitter End shot."


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Lionhead Range
Lionhead Ridge
Avalanches and remote trigger, Lionhead
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Lionhead Ridge
HS
Coordinates: 44.7145, -111.3180
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

As we rode into Lionhead we saw many slides that either ran naturally or from cornice falls. Most of the slides happened Fri or Sat. Winds are blowing strong at all aspects and elevations. Slopes are being loaded further and we triggered a small slide (video) from 50 feet away (aka remotely triggered). This is a serious sign of instability and we were careful to not get on or underneath avalanche terrain.


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Northern Madison
Bear Basin
Cornice Collapse, Beehive
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Bear Basin
SS-NC-R1-D1-S
Elevation: 9,200
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.3453, -111.3750
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skiers observed a small avalanche triggered by a cornice collapse on an east-facing slope in Bear Basin. 


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Northern Madison
NORTHERN MADISON RANGE
Natural Avalanche near Jack Creek
NORTHERN MADISON RANGE
N
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: S
Coordinates: 45.2952, -111.4100
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From Observation: "While driving to work from Ennis on Jack Creek Rd, I observed a natural avalanche occurring on an unnamed peak.  Approx location is 45 22' 57"N 111 28' 49"W at approx. 9000'"


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Avalanche along Buck Ridge
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Buck Ridge
AM-R1-D1
Coordinates: 45.1836, -111.4670
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Avalanche (possibly sled/human triggered) on an easy to northeast facing slope around 9300 feet.  There were lots of sled tracks on the slope, which is located just out of the wilderness at the far end of Buck Ridge.  Slide and sled tracks appeared to be from after the weekend storm and were covered with light snow from the last couple days.  Noted lots of wind transported snow along buck ridge this afternoon.


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Northern Gallatin
Flanders Creek
Avalanches in Flanders Area
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Flanders Creek
N-R2-D2
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.4326, -110.9430
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From Obs: "Went skiing up in Flanders area and saw several avalanches with crowns ranging from 1-3ft deep and running a several hundred yards wide. Also experienced two whumphs and some cracks on a wind-loaded aspect near the ridge"


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Small skier triggered storm slab
COOKE CITY
SS-ASc-R1-D1-I
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Some photos of recent natural avalanche activity near Cooke City attached.  We observed about 10 slab avalanches today that ran during this cycle.

.... And I was able to intentionally trigger a small storm slab today (20' wide, 1' deep) by kicking a small cornice.
 

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Northern Gallatin
Flanders Creek
Large Cracks near Ice climb in Hyalite
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Flanders Creek
N
Elevation: 8,000
Coordinates: 45.4402, -110.9310
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From text: "went up to Champagne Sherbet to ice climb but then there was a big fracture on the approach! Got to a safe spot and dug to see - a strange drifted wind slab over the old belay area has created a scary snow cave trap! We bailed out of there..."


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Many Natural Avalanches North of Cooke City
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COOKE CITY
SS-N-R2-D2-I
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Riding north of Cooke City on 1/29 and 1/30, we observed many natural avalanches that occurred during last week's storm. Avalanches failed within the storm snow or on weak layers in the upper snowpack, on wind-loaded and non-wind-loaded slopes, and on all aspects. We observed avalanches on Crown Butte, Wolverine, Scotch Bonnet, Sheep Mountain, and near the wilderness boundary at Goose Lake.


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Cooke City
Goose Lake
Several avalanches in the Goose Lake area
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Goose Lake
SS-N-R2-D2-I
Elevation: 9,000
Coordinates: 45.1153, -109.9140
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Several avalanches in the Goose Lake area. Assuming they happened on Friday or Saturday. Photo: J. Mundt (Beartooth Powder Guides)


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Cooke City, recent avalanche photos
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COOKE CITY
SS-N-R2-D2-I
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: W
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs. 1/29/23: Some photos of recent natural avalanche activity near Cooke City attached.  We observed about 10 slab avalanches today that ran during this cycle.

All of the avalanches I observed appeared to involve just the new snow.  The east wind of Jan. 28th also appears to have played a significant role, with many of the slides occuring on westerly aspects.
 
The recent wind drifts were still sensitive today.  Lots of cracking.  And I was able to intentionally trigger a small storm slab today (20' wide, 1' deep) by kicking a small cornice.

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Bridger Range
BRIDGER RANGE
Many large natural new snow avalanches, Bridger Ridge
BRIDGER RANGE
SS-N-R3-D2.5
Elevation: 9,000
Coordinates: 45.8512, -110.9480
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs 1/29/23: "Noticed multiple crowns while driving up to bridger bowl this morning. Most evident was wide crown line on saddle peak below the corniced ridge stretching from the summit towards football field. Another was an obvious crown on what I believe is Argentina Bowl south of Saddle peak. From a distance, this all looked like new snow crowns and didn’t seem like anything stepped down to our buried weak layers. East wind had an interesting effect on the ridgeline above bridger bowl."

BBSP noted on 1/29/23: "A crown on Saddle Peak could be seen in today's bright light.  It began at the football field, extended to the top of the peak and a flank was visible extending down the skyline.  A secondary pocket pulled on the north facing slope below the Going Home Chute.  On the west side St Lawrence pulled out wall to wall, and behind Mountain Mother had a crown that was more filled in on the south facing side that began about half way down.  Also, a crown was noted on the south facing ridge of Bradley's Meadows ridge below the cliffs."


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Cooke City
Pebble Creek - YNP
Natural avalanches and whumphing, YNP
Pebble Creek - YNP
SS-N
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0254, -110.0310
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A couple naturals seen on S-SE aspects and a couple whomps. While we were going up. Stuck to low angle fun the rest of the day. 
Stay safe this cycle you guys!


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Remote triggered large slide, Buck Creek
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Buck Ridge
SS-AMr-R3-D2
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG message: "Another one today. Back of buck creek. Triggered 100 yards above where I crossed below it in the safe zone, after I went by. No burials."


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Cooke City
Woody Ridge
Multiple Naturals South of Cooke City
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Woody Ridge
SS-N-R2-D2-I
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.9739, -109.9240
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Multiple natural avalanches were seen on all aspects, all elevations near Woody Creek Cabin. Poor test scores (ECTP) in 4/6 pits, mostly beneath the snow that fell earlier this week, buried small grain facets and decomposing surface hoar.


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Northern Gallatin
Natural avalanche up Little Bear
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SS-N-R3-D1
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

While snowmobiling up Little Bear we witnessed this natural avalanche. There was 2-3' of new snow. 


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Cooke City
Daisy Pass
Recent natural avalanche activity in Cooke City
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Daisy Pass
SS-N-R3-D2-I
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0497, -109.9640
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Natural avalanches, very large below Chimney Rock by Daisy Pass. And north side of Crown Butte observed on 1/28/23

On 1/29/23 GNFAC forecasters saw many more recent avalanches.


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Cooke City
Woody Ridge
Avalanches on Woody Ridge
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Woody Ridge
SS-N-R3-D2-I
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: W
Coordinates: 44.9739, -109.9240
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Photo of Castle/Submarine on woody ridge.  This all slid today.  Looked like all chutes along this face and south slid.  Also east facing Republic ridge several slides above rock band.  We skied woody west face to 9500 feet.  Wind effected snow. Top 2 feet  hollow.   Not bonded to older snow.  30 degrees.   Skied down short of objective 


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Southern Madison
Taylor Fork
Many natural slides in Taylor Fork
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Taylor Fork
HS-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 9,400
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.0659, -111.2820
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We rode to the Taylor Fork weather station (near Pika Point on the rim of Sunlight Basin) and noticed a few slides along the way. At the weather station we could see that the north end of the basin natural avalanched: the slopes from where the cornices end in Sunlight Basin past Pika Point. It broke up to 2.5 feet deep on an old layer of facets and surface hoar. The slide was R2 D2, 3-400 feet vertical and at least 750 feet wide. It was a large Hard Slab. We spent time at the crown digging, making a movie and getting cold. No surprises, just great to see a real avalanche. We also saw smaller slides looking west from the station, close by. Afterward, we rode to the Sage/Carrot divide in deep snow; hero riding. Skyline Ridge was obscured in clouds.

On the drive back to Bozeman we could see many slides on road cuts and on slopes across the river; low elevation avalanches that we don’t get to see often.

The avalanche recorded in this form is the one in Sunlight Basin that we made the movie about.


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Northern Madison
Lone Mountain
Natural slide along Jack Creek Road
Lone Mountain
SS-N-R3-D1.5-O
Elevation: 8,000
Coordinates: 45.2777, -111.4510
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG "Natural slide on southwest facing slope along Jack Creek Road in Moonlight Basin"


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Northern Madison
Cedar Mtn.
Large natural on Cedar Mtn.
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Cedar Mtn.
SS-N-R3-D2-I
Elevation: 10,200
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.2268, -111.5120
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Took a drive up and around the Yellowstone Club and saw this slide today. I think that is Cedar Mt with Pioneer Ridge in front and to the left. Stay safe out there.


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Bridger Range
Wolverine Bowl
Possible natural avalanche in bridger range
Wolverine Bowl
N-R3-D2
Elevation: 8,300
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.8301, -110.9340
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

I was skinning up the ramp on Friday when I thought I heard a jet flying over in the clouds, but the sound stopped instantly. I assumed that I heard an avalanche, but was solo on the ramp and had no desire to go that way for a better look.  It was snowing and foggy. Today a friend said she could see a crown on the north side of Wolverine bowl that appeared to be 4 feet. With all that water, I thought something would go deeper, eh?

 


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Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Avalanche debris and crowns On blackmore
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Mt Blackmore
SS-N-R3-D2
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.4444, -111.0040
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

There were numerous debris piles, point releases, and crowns on the north face of Elephant and the northeast face of Blackmore this morning.  Most of them appeared to have run during the storm (1/27) and had been covered by at least 6 inches of new snow. 


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Rider triggered slide on Buck road cut
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Buck Ridge
SS-AM-R2-D1-I
Elevation: 8,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We rode through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Yellowmule. Measured 13” of new snow with 0.6” SWE in 1st Yellowmule at 10 am. This brought the two day snow total to approximately 20”. Snowed all day with varying intensity and there were strong west winds along the ridge. 

Visibility wasn’t great, but we saw most of the avalanche terrain in the Yellowmules. .....  saw a very small snowmobile triggered avalanche on a roadcut on the way out (6-12 inches deep, ~20 ft wide) that broke on facets in the thin snowpack. 


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Bridger Range
Fairy Lake
Remotely triggered avalanche in Fairy Lake
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Fairy Lake
SS-ASr-R3-D2-I
Coordinates: 45.9043, -110.9580
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG:

Fairy lake today, remote trigger from top of the ridge
 
About 2-2.5ft deep about 75-100 ft wide
 

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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Many naturals, Cooke City
COOKE CITY
SS-N-I
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

2-3 feet of new snow was reported above Round Lake in Cooke City. Many natural avalanches were seen on S-SE slopes. From afar they look to be breaking on new-old snow interface.


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Natural avalanche, Silver Falls, Cooke
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COOKE CITY
SS-N-R3-D1.5-I
Elevation: 8,000
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Natural avy on SE aspect 8000 ft 35 to 40 degrees. Broke on new snow interface today. YNP next to Silver Falls.  Also several slides in gully below falls.  


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Low density new snow, new snow avalanches Round Lake
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COOKE CITY
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Made it out past round lake around 11am this morning - dug multiple hand pits  above 9400' to gauge new snow depth - 40-50 cm new snow from this storm, very light, over the hood riding!  Minimal wind below alpine, upper 20cm new snow collapsed easily in hand pits, very little cohesion in the new snow.

Observed several smaller avalanches, all in new snow, undetermined whether natural or ridder triggered, attached photo of the only slide I could get an alright photo of, vis was limited. 


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Northern Gallatin
Lick Creek
Skier Triggered avalanche in Lick Ck
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Lick Creek
SS-AS-R4-D2
Coordinates: 45.5204, -110.9600
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A skier triggered a slide about 20-30 yards wide and 2-4ft thick. 


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
natural in 2nd Yellow Mule
Buck Ridge
SS-N-R2-D2-I
Elevation: 9,400
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

On January 28 we rode along Buck Ridge... Visibility wasn’t great, but we saw most of the avalanche terrain in the Yellowmules. Saw one avalanche along the 2nd Yellowmule headwall that broke 100-150 ft wide just under the new snow (maybe 1-2 ft deep, it was hard to tell)....


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Northern Gallatin
Hyalite - main fork
Natural avalanche on Silken Falls, Hyalite
Hyalite - main fork
N
Elevation: 9,001
Aspect: W
Coordinates: 45.4472, -110.9620
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

An ice climber across the valley observed a large natural avalanche running over Silken Falls ice climb on the east side of the Main Fork. Wind was blowing and moving snow all day. This gully gets wind-loaded and was the site of a fatal avalanche in 2009.


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Bridger Range
Wolverine Bowl
Cracking and collapsing of wind drifts in Wolverine
Wolverine Bowl
L
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.8301, -110.9340
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Had some cracking, collapsing of wind drifts up high on the ridge today and few DLs running into Wolverine.

Winds were swirling, and coming from the south when I was skiing, but obviously the storm pattern is moving from the north.

Super wind scoured slopes from yesterday not bonding well in other places.


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Northern Gallatin
Alex Lowe Peak
Loose Snow Avalanches, Alex Lowe basin
Alex Lowe Peak
L-AS-R1-D1-I
Coordinates: 45.4272, -111.0140
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From Obs: "Dug on a sheltered N aspect at 9,000 feet below Alex Lowe Peak. Performed an ECT with results of ECTN 12 at 30cm deep and ECTP 21 near the ground.  

We also observed widespread sluffing of the new, low-density snow throughout the day and increasing wind transport in the afternoon."


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Lionhead Range
Lionhead Ridge
Natural avalanches in Lionhead
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Lionhead Ridge
SS-N-R1-D1.5-O
Coordinates: 44.7145, -111.3180
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Observed two recent natural avalanches on 1/25/23 that broke 1-2 feet deep, presumably on a surface hoar layer. There was a couple of inches of snow on each of these slides, so I would place them between three and five days old. The slides were R1-D1.5 in size - 75-100' wide, 1-2' deep, and 100' vertical fall. Photo: GNFAC


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Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Loose Snow Avalanches near Blackmore
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Mt Blackmore
L-ASc-R1-D1-I
Coordinates: 45.4574, -111.0000
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skiers near Mt. Blackmore noted easy-to-trigger loose snow avalanches sliding up to 8" deep. 


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Cooke City
Woody Ridge
Skier triggered and natural wind slabs in Cooke
Woody Ridge
SS-ASr-R1-D1-I
Elevation: 9,900
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.9739, -109.9240
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Beartooth Powder Guides reported remote triggering a small wind slab on the SH layer and a small natural in the lower part of the Bowl that also likely slid on the fresh SH 40’ wide 4” thick. East aspect 9900’.


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Northern Madison
Lone Mountain
Skier triggered wind slab, Wyoming Bowl near Big Sky
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Lone Mountain
SS-ASu-R1-D1.5
Elevation: 9,600
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.2777, -111.4510
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From Big Sky Ski Patrol 1/21/23: "skier triggered a surface wind slab in Wyoming Bowl that broke 8-12” deep. It propagated to an estimated 150’ wide- SS, R1/D1.5... The slide was small, no one was hurt, and the avalanche was reported (which we appreciate), with no further public involvement other than the trigger."


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Northern Gallatin
Flanders Creek
Natural avalanche in Flanders cirque
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Flanders Creek
N-R3-D2
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: NW
Coordinates: 45.4402, -110.9310
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Bad quality but a D2, R3 natural in Flanders cirque. Looked like it was just the new snow, but hard to say.... on a NW aspect around 9,500 feet


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Cooke City
Miller Ridge
Cornice fall triggered slide to ground
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Miller Ridge
HS-NC-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0423, -109.9650
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Observed this cornice fall triggered slide morning of 1/19/23. It was not there the previous morning which was sunny and clear. Photo: GNFAC


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Northern Madison
Yellowstone Club
Natural avalanche Muddy Creek headwaters
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Yellowstone Club
SS-N-R1-D1-I
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.2117, -111.4780
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Natural soft slab release likely in the last 36 hours. Seen from in-bounds at the Yellowstone Club. Avalanche location at 45.2116512 N 111.47811 W at the headwaters of Muddy Creek. 


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Island Park
Sawtelle Peak
Whumpf near Sawtelle Peak
Sawtelle Peak
Coordinates: 44.5611, -111.4430
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

I dug one pit at 8200’ NE aspect in Yale ECTX. Kevin was a little lower and around on the east side of Sawtell, he felt a big wumph. He didn’t confirm what layer, but this is probably your buried SH.


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Northern Gallatin
Moose Jaw
Small, thin wind slabs triggered, Storm Castle Ridge
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Moose Jaw
SS-ASu-R1-D1-S
Coordinates: 45.4494, -111.0760
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Today we toured up Storm Castle Ridge with hopes of skiing the 19th Street Couloir. On the approach we were able to trigger small (2-4") wind slabs on most lee aspects, these slides ran fast and far for their size. We dug a pit at 9200' on a North aspect and we're able to identify the surface hoar but had no results on our ECT.  With 2 spotters I dug an ECT 10m below the top of the 19th Street Couloir and got and ECTP12@ 35cm below the surface. The slab was 35cm thick, pencil hardness and failed on faceted snow; the buried surface hoar found in most other pits was not present. We bailed to the opposite side of the ridge and enjoyed some wonderful burn skiing. 

 


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Lionhead Range
Two Top
Small avalanche off Two Top
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Two Top
SS-AMu-R1-D1-I
Coordinates: 44.6249, -111.2590
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Small avalanche broke while descending to less exposed areas.  Approximately 80 yards wide, 18” deep.  Slid for approximately 90 yards from crown. 


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Bridger Range
Saddle Peak
Snowboarder triggered slide, Saddle Peak
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Saddle Peak
SS-ARu-R1-D2
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.7943, -110.9360
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A snowboarder triggered two shallow avalanches (estimated 4-6 inches deep) on Saddle Peak in the new snow. The slide was as the snowboarder dropped off "Quarter Saddle" and a second pocket propagated above him as he traversed out of the first slide. The snowboarder wasn’t caught and the debris mostly stopped short of the main cliff with a little pile dropping off into the going home chute.

Another slide was seen from the highway in Argentina Bowl. This slide appears to be a shallow soft slab that ~50 ft wide and ran ~500 vertical ft.


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Lionhead Range
LIONHEAD AREA
Natural and sledder triggered slides, Lionhead
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LIONHEAD AREA
Coordinates: 44.7292, -111.3230
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Dave and Doug rode around and saw multiple natural and 1 sledder triggered slide on Lionhead. Some were thin and just involved news snow and others were deeper and broke on the buried surface hoar layer.


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Cooke City
Woody Ridge
Woody Ridge Natural
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Woody Ridge
Coordinates: 44.9954, -109.9140
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Observed a point release that appeared to have stepped down. This occurred SE of the “rip curl” zone. We also noticed significant sun effect and a warming trend throughout the day. 1/17/23


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Natural slab avalanche in Cooke
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COOKE CITY
SS-N
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

East aspect, 10,300.  Estimated to be about 75' wide.  Likely occurred yesterday, Jan. 17th.  


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Dry loose and small slab avalanches in Cooke
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COOKE CITY
SS-N-R1-D1-O
Elevation: 9,300
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Noted a couple of fresh slab avalanches out there today.  Both were on northerly aspects around 9300'.  Photo of one attached.

Also of note, we did not find any buried SH in 3 snowpits north of Cooke City late last week.  Though definitely continuing to look for it..

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Northern Gallatin
NORTHERN GALLATIN RANGE
Loose snow avalanches in Alex Lowe Basin
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NORTHERN GALLATIN RANGE
L-N-R1-D1-S
Coordinates: 45.4291, -111.0020
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "Toured into Alex Lowe basin today and noticed lots of point release slides. Most started as spindrift in the cliff bands along the ridge and gained more snow as they fell into the aprons. Skied a north and south facing couloir, ski cut at the top of both runs and got the new snow to sluff most of the way down. Didn't encounter any cohesive slabs, just lots of sluff sliding down."


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Cooke City
Miller Mtn.
Natural Avalanche on Miller Ridge
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Miller Mtn.
SS-N-R1-D2-O
Elevation: 9,600
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.0399, -109.9610
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Dug a pit on the east side of Henderson at the ridgeline above Henderson Bench. ENE, 10,075' elev. ECTP19 x3 on a layer of surface hoar buried 60cm (2 feet) deep. HS 260cm....

There was also a more recent natural avalanche (less than a day old) on Miller Ridge. SS-N-R1-D1.5-O and probably broke on the surface hoar layer.


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Cooke City
Henderson Mountain
Snowmachine triggered avalanche on Henderson
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Henderson Mountain
HS-AMu-R1-D2-O
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.0524, -109.9450
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skied on Henderson mountain the afternoon of 1/16. Wind was calm, snowfall was light and steady through the day with 3-4" of new snow.

Dug a pit on the east side of Henderson at the ridgeline above Henderson Bench. ENE, 10,075' elev. ECTP19 x3 on a layer of surface hoar buried 60cm (2 feet) deep. HS 260cm. There was an avalanche a few hundred feet north on an east-northeast facing slope below the ridge. It appeared to be snowbike triggered and 1-2+ days old. 150' wide and 250' vertical. HS-AMu-R2-D2-O. It appeared to have broke about 2' deep on that layer of surface hoar. (There was also a more recent natural avalanche (less than a day old) on Miller Ridge, slightly smaller. SS-N-R1-D1.5-O and probably broke on the surface hoar layer. Separate entry in avy log).


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Lionhead Range
Hebgen Lake
Surface hoar slide
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Hebgen Lake
SS-AS-R1-D1.5-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: NW
Coordinates: 44.8256, -111.3110
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From Obs: "Ski cut sent a slide that failed on the known-to-be-reactive buried surface hoar layer . Avalanche broke around 12-14” deep, 100’ wide and ran around 100 yards. It was extremely sensitive.
We had skied a similar angle/aspect slope earlier and didn’t get any reactivity. Occurred around 9000’ on NW slope.~ 32 degrees. We did this 2 times on what we thought to be low angle slopes. ended up skiing down a low angle ridge line. The buried hoar isn’t everywhere but it’s touchy when found."


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Cooke City
Miller Mtn.
Cornice triggered slide to ground
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Miller Mtn.
HS-NC-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0465, -109.9770
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

On January 16 observed an old cornice triggered avalanche on Miller Ridge that broke to the ground, appears to be many days or weeks old.


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Cooke City
Wolverine Peak
Natural Avlanche N Face of Sunset/Wolverine
Wolverine Peak
SS-N-R1-D1.5
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0469, -110.0010
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We observed a north-facing natural sluff turn into a reasonable slide release over the cliff bands from the ridge line between Miller and Wolverine today while skinning on the flat bench above the road out to Wolverine Peak today. I think it released right at Sunset peak. It may have started with a cornice release but was more like wind loading on the steep face. We also saw some minor cracking on north facing wind loaded roll overs above the bench. We opted to descend low-angle trees back to our sled and to go ski Henderson.


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Northern Gallatin
Elephant Mountain
Small wind slab on Elephant Mtn.
Elephant Mountain
HS-AS-R1-D1
Coordinates: 45.4382, -110.9900
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Started a small wind slab avalanche on an isolated rollover about 2/3 of the way down the face of elephant mountain yesterday (Thursday January 12th). Broke a few inches deep, about 8 feet wide, and ran less then 100 ft. 


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Northern Gallatin
Maid of the Mist
Small skier triggered windslab in Hyalite
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Maid of the Mist
SS-ASu-R2-D1
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.4164, -110.9700
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs:

While skiing down 'Fat Maid' I triggered a shallow wind slab, after I was about 3/4ths of the way down the couloir. The slide broke to my left as I entered a wider section of the run, that holds a small perched bowl feature (which is what ripped out). The slide didn't propagate out into the main couloir, so the debris never impacted me. Even if it had, I don't think it would've been big enough to knock myself or any other skier off their feet. The slide was about 1/2 the width of the couloir and ran out to about 3/4ths of the apron's length (R2 D1?). The crown was 1-3" deep and maybe 30-40' wide. 


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Southern Madison
Beaver Creek
Small avalanches in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek
AM-D1
Coordinates: 44.8720, -111.3610
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Four small avalanches triggered on SH/NSF.

From obs: "On a few small steeper rollers/micro terrain/logs we released 4 small avalanches on the layer closer to the surface. The biggest slide we triggered was maybe 10-15ft wide and 1ft deep."


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Lionhead Range
Hebgen Lake
Whumpf on Surface hoar at Hebgen
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Hebgen Lake
AS
Coordinates: 44.8381, -111.3430
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0
Went up Hebgen with a small gaggle of folks.  In and out visibility all day, with some occasional very light snow.  Dug first pit on the subtle ridge about 15 minutes from the top of the ridge, ENE aspect, about 8700 ft.  
HS = 135 cm
SH at 105 cm
ECTP6 on the SH
No other stability test results other than a broken ECTN25 sort of mid-pack (about halfway between the SH and the old DH layer)
 
Skinned up to the ridge and when we were almost to the top my partner was out front and triggered a noticeable whumpf.  Appeared to whumpf on the SH layer.  Whumpf was somewhat localized (about 10 m in diameter as a guesstimate). The group skied a short lap in the trees while I dug a pit for the whumpf study.  Pit profile attached.  Very similar structure to first pit, but also got an ECTP on the DH layer.  ESE aspect, 8950 ft.
HS = 135
SH at 105 cm, ECTP3
DH at 45 cm, ECTP23

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Island Park
Mt Jefferson Bowl
Snowmobiler Triggered slide Island Park
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Mt Jefferson Bowl
SS-AM-R2-D1.5-O
Coordinates: 44.5658, -111.5000
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From Facebook: High Mountain Adventures snowmobile rental reported one of their renters triggered a slide on the waterfalls (Mt Jefferson/Sawtelle).


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Natural avalanche S. of Cooke
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COOKE CITY
SS-N-R1-D1-O
Elevation: 8,100
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Photo attached of a fresh natural avalanche, just south of Cooke City today.  It appears to have run last night or this morning.  (photographed at noon)

It's on a NE aspect, about 8100', directly above the ice climb known as 'Silver Gate Center'.  I'd estimate the crown to be about 10" deep and 30' wide.
 
New snow:  3-8" in last 48 hrs.  Lots of rimed forms. 
 
No collapsing.  No other slab avalanche activity to report.
 
Minor cracking of fresh wind drifts along the ridgelines today.
 
Also, the sun came out for a prolonged period late this morning, and created a m/f crust on steep solar aspects (primarily SE aspects).  Temperature in Cooke was about 32F at 4pm.
 

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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
New snow avalanches in Cooke
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COOKE CITY
SS-N-R1-D1-O
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We saw 2 avalanches that looked to involve new snow. One was on Wolverine on the face and another was on Henderson Ridge under the radio hut. They did not propagate far and wind-loading may have been a factor on the Henderson Ridge slide.


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Cooke City
Republic Mountain
Snowboarder triggered avalanche, E Republic
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Republic Mountain
SS-ARu-R1-D1-O
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0003, -109.9540
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Snowboarder triggered this slide on a rollover on East Republic. Reportedly ran 80' wide, 1-1.5' deep. No one was caught.


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Cooke City
Lulu Pass
Snowmobile Triggered Avalanche near Lulu Pass
Lulu Pass
AMu
Coordinates: 45.0709, -109.9580
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Rider-triggered avalanche reported near Lulu Pass. Limited details. Unknown if anyone was carried or buried. 


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Snowmobile Triggered Avalanche, First Yellowmule
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Buck Ridge
SS-AM-R1-D1
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A rider triggered a small slide in First Yellowmule on Sunday. Broke 6 -8" deep, 60' wide, and ran 20'. North face, about 37 degrees steepness.


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Northern Madison
Lone Mountain
Remotely Triggered avalanche, Lone Mountain Backcountry
Lone Mountain
HS-AR-R2-D1.5-O
Aspect: W
Coordinates: 45.2777, -111.4510
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From email: "Remote triggered avalanche yesterday on west facing slope of lone mountain backcountry. Observed wind loaded Slope, shooting cracks then woomph, followed by a collapsing snow pack 20 feet ahead. Crown approximately 1.5 feet tall 15-20 feet wide."


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Cooke City
Henderson Mountain
Snowmobile-triggered Avalanche near Chimney Rock
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Henderson Mountain
AMu
Coordinates: 45.0524, -109.9450
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A rider-triggered avalanche was reported from a slope near Chimney Rock on the north end of Henderson Mountain. Limited details. Unknown whether anyone was caught or buried. 


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Cooke City
Sheep Creek
Skier Caught in Wind Slab in Sheep Creek, Cooke
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Sheep Creek
HS-ASu-R2-D1.5-I
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0344, -109.9840
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skier unintentionally triggered and was caught in wind slab avalanche on the Y couloir in Sheep Creek Drainage. Skier was carried 10m before self arresting. The slide ran ~250m down and broke across the entire width of the couloir. There were no injuries and skied away. 


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Southern Madison
Buck Ridge
Snowboarder triggered/caught small slide on Buck Ridge
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Buck Ridge
SS-ARu-R2-D1.5-I
Elevation: 9,200
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 1

Location: 45.165, -111.35808 (onX) 

Elevation: ~9,200 feet

While riding a small NNE facing slope near the trail on Buck Ridge, a snowboarder triggered and followed a cornice slide that propagated approximately 75 feet and slid about 20' vertical. The one rider was caught and carried approx. 10' and ended up buried upright, waist deep with no injuries. 

 


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Bridger Range
Fairy Lake
Natural Avalanche near Fairy Lake
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Fairy Lake
HS-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.9043, -110.9580
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG 1/7/23: "Natural slide in avalanche bowl up in fairy lake today."


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Bridger Range
The Throne
Very small skier triggered avalanche in N. Bridgers
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The Throne
SS-AS-R0-D1-I
Elevation: 7,000
Aspect: S
Coordinates: 45.8822, -110.9520
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

While skiing back to our sleds we triggered a very small slide on a small, ~35º below treeline slope (SS-ASu-R1-D0.5). This was on a southerly aspect, at about 7,000 feet, 4-6” down on surface hoar, 15’ wide, 30’ vertical run. There was a very hard crust underneath the surface hoar. 


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Bridger Range
Saddle Peak
Large natural avalanche on Saddle Peak
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Saddle Peak
N-R2-D2.5-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.7943, -110.9360
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 1

At 1:30 PM on Jan 6th a large avalanche poured over the cliffs on Saddle Peak, outside the boundaries of Bridger Bowl. Clouds obscured the starting zone. Multiple groups were in the runout zone, including a skier hitting a jump. One person was caught and buried up to his neck. He was able extricate himself and was unharmed. He did a beacon search at the toe of the debris. He estimated the debris was at least six feet deep.

We believe this was a natural avalanche that broke in the new and wind drifted snow which then broke into older snow. Bridger Bowl measured 6" of new snow with 0.75 inches of Snow Water Equivalent at the Alpine Wx. Station. The avalanche was estimated to be 2 feet deep, and measured on Google Earth to be 550 feet wide and 1700 feet long. 


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Skier triggered wind slab near Cooke
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COOKE CITY
SS-ASc-R2-D1-I
Elevation: 8,900
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Recent low density snow was drifted into 10” soft slab from west wind, north of Cooke City. Skier triggered intentional on test slope. 


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Island Park
Yale Creek
whumpf under high load on south side of Taylor mountain.
Yale Creek
Aspect: S
Coordinates: 44.5597, -111.7160
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Had seven sleds in a relatively small area on the south-facing side of Taylor mountain at about 10k ft.

Group noticed a substantial whumph after sitting for less than a minute.


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Northern Gallatin
Hyalite - East Fork
Loose snow avalanche Hyalite Canyon, Bobo Like
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Hyalite - East Fork
L-N
Coordinates: 45.4468, -110.9360
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

At about 10 AM I was belaying my partner on the first pitch of Bobo Like in the Flanders drainage of Hyalite Canyon.  We heard a low rumble and a couple seconds later we were engulfed in snow that poured out of the the pitch 2 gully, and seemed to keep coming for about 5 seconds.  My partner, who was on lead, was lucky enough to be at the base of the vertical ice of p1, so the snow mostly went over his head.  I was off to the side and close to rock at the base and was engulfed in loose snow, but not buried or injured.  We continued up afterwards.  When I was at the top of the second pitch, belaying my partner up, another small loose snow avalanche came down as river of snow, passing me as I hugged the anchor, and washed over my partner while he was on the pitch.  We were fortunate to have both been in positions to handle these avalanches without incident or injury.  In retrospect, the clear day and blasting morning sun likely loosened the snow above the gully and funneled it all down onto us.  After the first avalanche, the sun must have kept moving onto new slopes above, releasing more snow.  Even with a moderate danger level in the avalanche report for the day, with natural avalanches unlikely, we happened to find ourselves in a very specific scenario, with morning sun and a dangerous terrain feature, that still put us at risk.  Hopefully we will use this experience to improve our assessment of risk, terrain, and evolving conditions in the future.


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Southern Madison
Sage Peak
Snowmobile Triggered Avalanche Near Sage Mountain
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Sage Peak
AMu-R3-D2-O
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.9277, -111.2430
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From FB message: “Near Sage Creek/Sage Mountain in carrot basin. This was a east facing, wind loaded slope. Snowmobile triggered below the rock line. No burials.”


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Southern Madison
Cabin Creek
Natural slides near Cabin Creek
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Cabin Creek
R1-D1
Coordinates: 44.8949, -111.2280
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Two natural avalanches in the Cabin Creek area.

From instagram: "Right off the trail at tepee creek just before the cabin. A natural slide about 2ft crown"

From email: "I came across this older avalanche yesterday when I was guiding a group in the Kirkwood area, it’s an area in the Cabin Creek drainage. It looked to be an older natural slide probably just after the last storm cycle a few days to almost a week ago now. North, North East Aspect. Approximately 39 degree slope (Because of a creek with open water just below the slide, I couldn’t get close enough to accurately measure the slope)". 


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Small snowmobile triggered slide on Buck Ridge
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Buck Ridge
SS-AM-R1-D1
Elevation: 9,400
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Small snowmobile triggered slide (~1ft deep and ~20x20 ft) at the head of Muddy Creek (NE Aspect, 9400 ft) off Buck Ridge. Looks like it was likely triggered on Sunday (Jan 1st) in a shallow spot near rocks.


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Bridger Range
Saddle Peak
Natural new snow avalanche on Saddle
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Saddle Peak
SS-N-R1-D2-S
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.7943, -110.9360
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From BBSP: "The recent storm snow in the bowl south of Quarter Saddle avalanched overnight, from what appeared to be a cornice drop.  The debris stopped shy of the second cliff band."


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Lionhead Range
Lionhead Ridge
Multiple Loose Snow and Storm Slab Avalanches at Lionhead
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Lionhead Ridge
SS-N-R2-D1.5-I
Elevation: 8,800
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.7145, -111.3180
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Riding below Lionhead Ridge on 1/2, we observed several relatively small slab avalanches that failed below the weekend's snow. As well as several loose snow avalanches in steep terrain. 


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Cooke City
Zimmer Creek
Storm Slab near Mt. Zimmer Yurt
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Zimmer Creek
SS-ARu-D1.5-I
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0822, -109.8950
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "A small, snowboarder-triggered avalanche from 12/31 on a southeast-facing slope at 9,000 feet broke on the 30cm layer and stepped down to the 40cm layer. The snowboarder was briefly caught in the sliding snow but maintained his footing as the snow washed past him."


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Cooke City
Sheep Creek
Whumpf, propagating test result
Sheep Creek
Coordinates: 45.0344, -109.9840
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

skied both NE, S and SW aspect lines in Sheep Creek Basin. No signs of wind loading where we traveled, up to 9600’ at the saddle between Sunset and Miller Mountain. There were light winds (M gusts). 8-10” of new low density snow.

Dug a pit on a SW aspect, 8480’:

160cm deep

CT22Q2 Down 40, EctN 25 down 40

ECTP28 down 85

Pole probing confirmed the presence of the top persistent grain layer throughout the landscape, although the associated crust was not widespread. 

We also experienced a Whumpf at 45.03667, -109.96733 On a SW slope, 9000’ in a shallow area (125cm depth). 


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Lionhead Range
Lionhead Ridge
Snowmobile triggered slab in Lionhead
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Lionhead Ridge
HS-AMu-R2-D2.5-O
Elevation: 8,800
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.7145, -111.3180
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

On the way back to Lionshead.  Came upon this recent avalanche.  Rushed up to the group of 4 guys.  They were fine, not the guys who set it off.  The group of 6 we passed going there set it off.  The group of 4 said they saw these guys ... all on the hill at same time, stuck and climbing around the stuck guy.  All were okay but I hear one guy was shaken up. 4-5ft deep at break by 200-300ft wide, ran 400+ft.


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Cooke City
Crown Butte
Snowmobiler avalanche fatality on Crown Butte
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Crown Butte
HS-AMu-R4-D3-O
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0525, -109.9620
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 1; Killed: 1

On December 31, 2022 a snowmobiler was killed in a very large avalanche north of Cooke City, MT. The avalanche occurred near Daisy Pass on Crown Butte on a southeast facing slope at 9,800’. Two brothers (age 17 and 21) from Washington were snowmobiling uphill on adjacent slopes. The older brother was climbing a steeper slope and triggered the avalanche 100-200’ below the top. He was carried 600 vertical feet and buried 5 feet deep. The buried rider was wearing an airbag pack that was not deployed. Both riders had shovels and probes. They were not wearing avalanche beacons. A nearby group of riders rode up to the slide within minutes after it happened, saw a buried snowmobile and began to search for the rider. One rider from that group went into Cooke City to alert Search and Rescue. The buried rider was located with a probe line an hour after the avalanche happened. He was unable to be revived with CPR and AED at the site. The avalanche appeared to be 2-4' deep, 500' wide, 600' vertical, and broke on weak snow near the bottom of the snowpack. AMu-HS-R3/4-D3-O

Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends, and those involved.  

Full report available here: http://www.mtavalanche.com/accident/22/12/31

 


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Cooke City
Sheep Mountain
Snowmobiler triggered hard slab avalanche Sheep Mtn.
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Sheep Mountain
HS-AMu-R3-D2-O
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: W
Coordinates: 45.0722, -109.9280
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

...we rode over the saddle between Sheep and Scotch Bonnet and saw an avalanche that appeared very recent, and likely triggered by a snowmobiler. It was on a west facing slope at 10,000', and was a hard slab 1-4 feet deep and 150' wide, ran about 200' vertical. AMu-HS-R3-D2-O. This was a clear sign that weak layers exist, especially where the snowpack is relatively shallower, and recent snow has been drifted into thick slabs that are unstable over this weak snow.

 


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Southern Madison
Carrot Basin
Cracking and Collapsing - Cabing Creek Divide
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Carrot Basin
Elevation: 9,000
Coordinates: 44.9592, -111.3130
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From observation: "Snow above collapsed into the trench from my sled, looked to have broken on a weak layer about 1.5’ down."


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Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Dry Loose Avalanches Mt. Blackmore
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Mt Blackmore
L-N-R1-D1-I
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.4444, -111.0040
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From observation: "Toured up to the east face of Mt. Blackmore today. We observed two small natural loose dry avalanches occurring right around noon on the new/old snow interface at about 9700' on the E aspect. The largest one ran about 200 feet down into the bowl. 

We observed a hollow snowpack on our ascent and dug a pit at 9600' just below the northeast ridge. We found several weak layers that were fracturing beneath two well-defined crusts. We got a CT2 @ 135cm, CT11 @ 130cm, CT13 @ 118cm, and CT15 @ 115cm; in our extended column test we got ECTP15 Q2 @ 130cm."


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Butte Area
snowmobile triggered avalanche Frog Pond Basin
AM
Coordinates: 46.0395, -113.7920
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Snowmobile club members texted me that they triggered a 3' deep slab, that ran 100 yds., from connected terrain in Frog Pond Basin.  It sounded like a heavily wind loaded slope.     


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Butte Area
Flint Creek Range
natural avalanche McDermott Hill in the Flint Range
Flint Creek Range
N
Coordinates: 46.3237, -113.1020
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Natural avalanche from the top of the popular snowmobile climbing spots on McDermott Hill in the Flint Range near Philipsburg.  There have been several close calls and a fatality in this same path.  It is named for the person who was killed in an avalanche there in the 70s.  It appeared to be a wind load on the ridge that initiated the slide.  In the background of a janky video, it appears there were other naturals as well.  The slide ran an estimated 800 ft, but no other information was obtained.


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Northern Gallatin
Moose Jaw
Natural avalanche near Moose Jaw creek
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Moose Jaw
SS-NC-R1-D1-O
Coordinates: 45.4494, -111.0760
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From Obs: "Observed recent small wind slab avalanches under the ridgeline as well as one larger slide that broke on weak snow near the ground, likely caused by cornice fall."


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Northern Madison
Big Sky Resort
Explosive triggered deep slab at Big Sky
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Big Sky Resort
HS-AEc-R4-D3.5-O
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.2726, -111.4470
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From BSSP: "The avalanche factory that is The Wave did indeed go into production today. A 2lb. shot in skier’s right Castro’s Shoulder initiated an impressive deep slab avalanche that took out Castro’s Shoulder through Wave South above Vuarnet Cliffs. The secondary start zones under these paths- Castro’s Beard (south half) and Mike’s Rodeo- also avalanched away.

The bed surface appears to be the top of the original big storm in October that forms the base of the snowpack on Lone Mountain. There is a melt/freeze crust at the top of that layer, with
small grained (mostly) facets on top of the crust, with the rest of the season’s snowpack sitting on that weak
interface.  

This [wide] propagation may be the result of the surface wind slab formed in the past few days finally tying the paths together enough to allow for such propagation.

The numbers are impressive- estimated crown length of 1,100 ft., crown depth of 3-4’, vertical run
of 1000 ft., and linear run of 2000 ft. We classified the slide as HS, AE (2lb.), R4/D3.5, O/G. Unfortunately,
conditions rendered good photos difficult. All the paths that avalanched have been shot repeatedly, almost
daily, all season long...."


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Southern Madison
Taylor Fork
Natural Avalanche in Sage Basin
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Taylor Fork
SS-N-R1-D1-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0607, -111.2720
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

This natural avalanche looks to have broken about 1 foot deep and stepped down to the ground on the steeps. It likely released during the storm.


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Bridger Range
Saddle Peak
Natural avalanche below Saddle Peak
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Saddle Peak
HS-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 7,500
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.7967, -110.9270
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

On 12/28/2022 from the lower south boundary of Bridger Bowl, ski patrol saw an old avalanche crown and debris on steep rolling terrain below the large cliffs on Saddle Peak. Appeared to be 1-2 days old, 2 feet deep and 60 feet wide, N-R2-D2-O


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Bridger Range
Bradley Meadow
Natural large point release north of Bridger
Bradley Meadow
L-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 7,500
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.8322, -110.9280
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From BBSP: "North of our boundary a natural avalanche was observed on the south end of the lower Bradley's Meadows ridge.  A point release originated in the south facing cliffs.  When it hit the steep knob above the gully it pulled the facets off of the rocks and willows, depositing an approx 4ft deep pile of debris.  There were old tracks on the slope and no one was caught."


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Shooting Cracks NW of Cooke City
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COOKE CITY
AR
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A rider triggered shooting cracks on a slope northwest of Cooke City. 


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Intentionally Triggered Avalanche NW of Cooke City
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COOKE CITY
SS-ASc-R2-D1
Elevation: 8,700
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From email: "There was upside-down trail breaking in the lower elevations today, and hazardous conditions around 8700' as the slab got thicker. The cold temps of last week definitely weakened/ faceted the snow in the thinner snowpack areas.

I intentionally triggered some cracking and a D1 soft slab remotely. The slab was about 6"-1.5' deep and about 50' wide.  It was a SE aspect around 8700. 

Above 9k', the snow structure was looking better, and I was getting ECTNs (snowpit attached), and no more collapsing nor cracking."


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Northern Madison
Collapsing and keeping terrain simple
Elevation: 9,400
Aspect: SE
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

location:

Northern Madison Range
9,400 ft (below ridge top leeward and trees) 
130° SE aspect
110cm Depth of Snow
24° slope

CT 12
ECTN 11 @ 20cm down

Widespread collapsing.
Terrain choices:  very simple


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Two avalanches on Buck Ridge
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Buck Ridge
HS-N-R3-D2-O
Elevation: 9,400
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We saw two large avalanches in the 2nd Yellow Mule that were probably 2-3 days old, and likely broke on the weak layer near the bottom of the snowpack. Hard slabs on heavily wind-loaded slopes. 


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Natural avalanches in new snow near Cooke
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COOKE CITY
SS-N-R2-D2-I
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

photos attached of some recent natural avalanches observed north of Cooke City today.

They all appear to be on N through E aspects, and primarily NE.  

Elevations between 9,000'- 10,000'.


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Cooke City
Yellowstone Park NE
Natural avalanches near Cooke and YNP
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Yellowstone Park NE
HS-N-R2-D1.5-S
Elevation: 7,500
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0034, -110.0430
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

While driving from Cooke through Yellowstone saw a couple recent natural slab avalanches. One on Amphitheater peak appeared to involve recent storm snow. And there were many relatively large wind slabs in Yellowstone (4-5 that I saw).


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Cooke City
Republic Mountain
Natural avalanches on Republic Mtn
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Republic Mountain
SS-N-R2-D2
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0003, -109.9540
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

GNFAC forecasters watched a natural avalanche come down from Republic Mountain from the motel door in Cooke City at 8 am on 12/21/22. Couldn't see details of the slide other than the debris running over the cliffs and powder cloud in the trees below. Likely involved new and windlbown snow, but that is pure speculation. 

A local guide reported watching several other natural avalanches running off Republic Mountain as he drove into Cooke City around 7:30 am. 


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Cooke City
Scotch Bonnet
Natural avalanche on Scotch Bonnet
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Scotch Bonnet
SS-N-R1-D2
Coordinates: 45.0733, -109.9480
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

On 12/21 we observed the remnants of a small natural avalanche (probably failed last night) on Scotch Bonnet immediately to the north of the Rasta Chutes. Approx 100 ft wide and ran 200 vertical ft. 


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Northern Madison
Beehive Basin
Small, cornice triggered avalanche, Beehive
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Beehive Basin
SS-NC-R0-D1-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.3257, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Today we toured up Beehive Basin to Prayer Flags and down into Bear Basin. We found moderate winds transporting snow at Prayer Flags. We also observed a recent small natural avalanche that broke just below the cornice at prayer flags (9200'). It was unclear if a cornice collapse triggered the avalanche. We did not go to the crown, but estimated it to be about 20-30 feet wide, 6-8 inches deep, and running less than 100 feet (Photo attached).

During our tour we saw lots of pillows of wind drifted snow and locations where slabs of wind drifted snow collapsed and cracked under our skis. 

In Bear Basin we dug a pit and found weak faceted snow on the ground. We did not have any significant test results, but the structure along with the wind and recent avalanche activity was enough to keep us off steep slopes for the day. 

The snow surface was powder in protected places, breakable wind crust in others, and either scoured or wind board at ridge lines.The skiing was best on low angle slopes protected from the wind. 


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Bridger Range
BRIDGER RANGE
Southern Bridger Collapsing
BRIDGER RANGE
Elevation: 7,700
Coordinates: 45.8512, -110.9480
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs "I skied on the east side of the Bridgers south of the ski area today. We dug a pit on an east aspect around 7300' and found 80 cm of snow with a similar structure to the more southerly parts of the advisory area. Well developed 2mm FC with a few DH cups sprinkled in made up the lower 40 cm or so of the snowpack (ECTP 21 on this layer) with the remainder consisting of 4F to F+ DFs. There was a razor thin "wind skin" I felt while skiing in more open areas below treeline but no major wind loading was present until at or near the ridgeline (pretty robust cornice development already for this time of year though). On our way back up just below the ridge around 7700' I felt a very large collapse that radiated out from my skis and shook some snow off of nearby branches."


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Cooke City
Lulu Pass
Small wind slab avalanche, Cooke
Lulu Pass
SS-NC-R1-D1-O
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0709, -109.9580
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We skied on the knob Saturday and Sunday. Dug a pit on the east facing slope just above the steeper roll over. ECTX. No result. Minimal wind loading next to the tree bands. We skied the slope 20+ times (between 4 skiers). 

We took the sled up track around the north side of the knob and below the avy debris from the slide triggered a last week. Only sign of avalanche activity (other then the obvious one) was a small wind slab release on a south facing slope near the top of the pass. Marked on the map below. Photo attached is of the previous slide but the wind slab release would be where the red X is if the photo continued. Looked to be 30ft across, ran for 15-20ft and about 6inches deep. 


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Bridger Range
Flathead Pass
Natural wind slab avalanche in northern bridger Range
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Flathead Pass
SS-N-R2-D2
Coordinates: 45.9837, -111.0240
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "Natural wind slab, likely triggered by cornice fall in the last day or two, on a NE aspect at 8500’. Propagated ~150’ wide and ran probably 300’. Slab thickness seemed to be 18-24” at the thickest. No sign of stepping down deeper into facets in the snowpack, although adjacent to this slide there was evidence of an older slide (previous to recent storm cycle) that failed deeper in the snowpack."


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Northern Gallatin
Maid of the Mist
Natural Wind slabs in Hyalite
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Maid of the Mist
SS-N-R1-D1.5-I
Elevation: 9,600
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.4164, -110.9700
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Went on a tour today with a buddy and traveled through twin falls basin as well as the maid. We skied a NW slope off of Palace Butte and found touchy conditions below the ridge line, but great skiing in the trees. We also skied the bowl of Arden peak. We observed numerous recent wind slabs that released naturally in the past 24 hours on NE and E aspects with some crowns starting to get covered up throughout the day. Judging from afar, I would estimate these crowns to be 6 inches to 1.5 feet deep. 


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Southern Gallatin
Specimen Creek
Collapsing at Specimen Creek
Specimen Creek
Coordinates: 45.0265, -111.0480
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "Thin and variable snowpack in the Specimen Creek drainage. The Max depth was less than 100cm, and the minimum was the depth bare ground. Active wind loading on exposed ridges, multiple whumphs when skinning over wind loaded, low angle slopes. Decent skiing, albeit thin, on low angle W aspects from 8200’ down."


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Bridger Range
Saddle Peak
Skier caught and carried on Saddle Peak
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Saddle Peak
SS-ASu-R2-D2.5-I
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.7943, -110.9360
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 0

Skier triggered avalanche on Saddle Peak. 12/16/22.

From obs: "I got to the top of the south summit around 11am with lots of active wind loading. I traversed the ridge line for a couple hundred feet, kicking away at small cornices to see if I could trigger anything. Got two small 6-8” deep soft slabs to propagate 10’ wide and a couple hundred vertical but nothing major. The ridge line is too rocky to traverse right now so I dropped onto the face, still staying near the ridge line. A hundred feet or so further across my traverse, it got deep. Cross loading from the north grew a drift that was thigh deep at least. Very cautiously I tried to regain some elevation to get above anything that might pop off. A few steps up the drift, I heard a whumph and it started to slide. I would estimate 2-4’ deep, 150’ wide. It immediately caught my skis and started taking me down. I pointed them down hill and started to pick up speed hoping I could cut out of it. It started getting very deep and turbulent so after 200-300’ I pulled my airbag, while still trying to stay on my feet. Thankfully, I was able to stay up and cut out of the slide roughly 500’ below the summit. It ran full length into the bottom of Argentina bowl and south gut with a massive powder cloud. Way too close of a call. I skied down the avalanche path then back to the resort with my airbag deployed in case of any other slides coming down. Made it back to the resort touched base with ski patrol to alert them of the slide, give them information on my condition and the possibility of other skiers out there (no possibility, I was first person up and didn’t see anyone ascending from the gate when I crossed to south summit) and headed home."


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Small wind slab in 2nd Yellowmule
Buck Ridge
SS-N-R1-D1
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Small natural avalanche along the 2nd Yellowmule ridgeline. Observed 12/15. Looks like it likely broke during the snowfall 12/14. ~20 ft wide and ran ~50 vertical feet. Less than a foot deep. Wind drifted snow. 


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Cooke City
Daisy Pass
Natural avalanches near Cooke
Daisy Pass
SS-N-R2-D2
Coordinates: 45.0497, -109.9640
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From facebook on 12/15: "Saw a recent avalanche on a S/SW slope near Daisy pass. 2-3' crown and the avalanche arrested on the summer road. D2 in size. Also saw a large debris pile as you enter sheep creek on S/SW slope off of Miller ridge. Could not see crown, but debris was D2.5 in size."


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Bridger Range
Fairy Lake
Wind Slabs in Bridgers
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Fairy Lake
SS-ASu-R2-D1-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.9043, -110.9580
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Went on a tour today with some buddies with hopes of skiing the great one. Once up in the sac bowl, we opted to back away given the wind was howling. We skied the white worm, and saw numerous cracks shooting across the slope. I opted to ski a short and sweet N facing couloir which started out pretty firm into avalanche bowl. About halfway down, I had a wind slab release after one soft turn with the deepest portion of the slide being one foot. I was not carried as I immediately cut out of the fall line, the slide rolled for about 200 vert. My friends opted to ski the direct headwall exit and had numerous small wind slabs pull out. Some areas were stripped to rock of snow.


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Northern Madison
Buck Ridge
Cornice Triggered Avalanche Buck Ridge
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Buck Ridge
SS-NC-R1-D1-O
Elevation: 8,500
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.1719, -111.3800
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Cornice dropped in Slats and propagated slab at a weak layer of facets around 70cm height from ground. Dug a snow pit of 140cm and got etc results on the same layer ECTP26 stubborn but holds a large consequence.


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Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Small Avalanche Mt. Blackmore
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Mt Blackmore
SS-N-R1-D1-S
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.4444, -111.0040
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Small slide from the cliff bands at about 9500’, on a NE facing slope on Blackmore - looked like it broke pretty shallow sometime after the snow yesterday.


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Cooke City
Fisher Mtn.
Remote triggered deep slab, Fisher
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Fisher Mtn.
HS-AMr-R3-D2.5-O
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.0661, -109.9590
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 0

On Dec 9, 2022 around 1:30pm we triggered a large, deep slab avalanche while riding across a lower angle slope below. This occurred on Fisher Mtn. near Cooke City on an east-northeast aspect at 10,000'. It broke 3-6+' deep and 300' wide. One rider was caught and carried, not buried, and luckily nobody was injured.


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Southern Madison
Sunlight Basin
Natural Avalanche, Sunlight Basin
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Sunlight Basin
SS-N-R1-D1
Coordinates: 44.9731, -111.3100
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We saw an R1-D1 across the bowl of Sunlight Basin that looked recent after digging a pit near the weather station. While sledding around the area, we noticed faceting snow at the bottom of the snowpack in multiple locations.


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Northern Madison
Cedar Mtn.
Small natural avalanches on Cedar
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Cedar Mtn.
SS-N-R1-D1
Elevation: 8,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.2268, -111.5120
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Two small natural avalanches observed on likely wind loaded easterly aspects on slopes around Cedar Mountain at roughly 8,000’. 


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Cooke City
Henderson Mountain
Rider Triggered Avalanche, Chimney Rock
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Henderson Mountain
HS-AMu-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 9,800
Aspect: NW
Coordinates: 45.0524, -109.9450
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

There was a human-triggered avalanche near Chimney Rock on Henderson Mountain. The avalanche failed on weak snow near the ground. We believe a snowmobiler triggered the slope.

From GNFAC visit to crown 12/8: "We rode to Daisy Pass to look at the avalanche that was triggered by a snowmobiler two days ago (12/6/22). It was on the slope east of the pass that people often climb up and out, steeper than the normal route out. It broke 2-3 feet deep and 250-300’ wide, R2-D2. At the crown it broke on a weak layer about 100cm above the ground, but it broke closer to the ground in many places lower on the slope where the snowpack was shallower and weaker. I would guess one of those areas is where it was triggered from."


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Cooke City
Henderson Bench
Natural Avalanche, Henderson Bench
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Henderson Bench
NC-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.0558, -109.9470
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG: “Avalanche spotted on Henderson bench today, appears to be cornice triggered yesterday or the day before. 2-5 feet deep, 600’ wide, ran 800 vertical.”


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Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Intentional Trigger in the John
Bridger Bowl
SS-ASc-R1-D1-I
Elevation: 8,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.8156, -110.9230
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Cut a wind slab from the top of the John at 2:30 in the afternoon.

3-6” crown. 50-75’ wide. Ran down to the low grade below


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Northern Gallatin
Lick Creek
Skier triggered wind-load
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Lick Creek
SS-ASc-R1-D1-O
Elevation: 9,000
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.5243, -110.9560
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Observed active windloading on the eastern side of Lick Creek today.

12-18 inch slab broke easily when ski cut and a small but very reactive cornice was rapidly building.


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Bridger Range
Ross Peak
Two skiers caught in avalanche on Ross Peak
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Ross Peak
SS-ASu-R2-D1.5
Elevation: 8,500
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.8586, -110.9560
Caught: 2 ; Buried: 2

Two skiers triggered an avalanche while ascending the Banana Couloir on Ross Peak on the morning of 12/5/22. The skiers were approximately 150 ft from the top of the couloir. The avalanche broke 20 ft above the upper skier. The slide broke in wind drifted snow 6 inches deep and approximately 30 ft wide, across most of the couloir. The lower skier was waiting in a "safe spot on the side" but was also caught by the slide. The slide ran ~600 vertical feet, pulling out a deeper pocket of snow (1.5-2 ft deep) midway down the path. Both skiers were fully submerged as they were carried, but ended up partially buried near the toe of the debris. One skier had snow packed into his mouth and underneath his eyelids. They returned to the trailhead under their own power. 


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Cooke City
Henderson Mountain
Avalanche Henderson Bench (likely snowmobile triggered)
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Henderson Mountain
HS-AM-R4-D2
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0437, -109.9180
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Small avalanche below Henderson Bench. SE aspect. Likley Snowmobile-trigger did not confirm. 70-90’wide, 1-3’ crown, ran 40’


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Cooke City
Republic Creek
Collapsing in Republic Creek
Republic Creek
AS
Elevation: 8,900
Aspect: SW
Coordinates: 44.9855, -109.9410
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

We dug a pit on a W/WNW slope at around 9100 ft in the republic creek drainage. CT 18 and ECTN34 (ECTX then we hit it extra hard 4 more times) on the weak layer about 70 cm down. But overall snowpack was upright and it seemed to be settling down more than we thought. But then as we approached the ridge we triggered 5 separate large collapses ("Whumphs"), all on WSW/SW slopes (between 8700 and 9200 ft). Pole probes revealed a light crust about 12 inches down. 


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Collapses North of Cooke City
COOKE CITY
AS
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Obs 12/3/22:

"Large collapses on primarily solar aspects (S/SE, ~9,500’)."

"Lots of whumphing but not much (if any) cracking...:"


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Southern Madison
Ernie Miller Ridge
Collapsing on Ernie Miller Ridge
Ernie Miller Ridge
AS
Elevation: 9,300
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 44.9453, -111.1350
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

"We toured to Ernie Miller today and saw a natural avalanche on a NE slope around 9600 ft. We heard and felt multiple collapses on our way in. We dug a pit on an east facing slope around 9300 ft where we found 105 cm of snow. We got a ECTN 2 result, failing on an interface about 15cm from the surface and ECTP5 failing 40 cm from the surface."

"Toured up to Bacon Rind today and skied meadows off of the ridge. Noted many collapses and whumpfs in the snowpack as we ascended east aspects to the ridge."


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Lionhead Range
Lionhead Ridge
Large Natural on Lionhead, Airplane Bowl
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Lionhead Ridge
HS-N-R3-D2.5-O
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 44.7145, -111.3180
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG 12/3: It was natural. Happened last night or this morning. It hadn't slid when we left yesterday. We were first tracks in today, and there were no tracks above or below this slide. Crown at the peak was around 6'. Average 2-3' crown. 10' debris piles at least.


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Cooke City
Republic Mountain
Many naturals on Republic Mtn and YNP
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Republic Mountain
N-R2-D2
Elevation: 8,500
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0003, -109.9540
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Leaving Cooke on 12/3 we saw eight natural avalanches that likely broke on 12/2. Estimate more than 50% of slopes facing north, 8,000-9,000' had crowns 2-4' deep. The largest on Old Man Ray's below republic was R3-D2.5, 500' wide, 1,000' vertical (separately recorded). There were a couple, possibly larger, on Thunderer in the park, but low light made them difficult to confirm.


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Cooke City
Republic Mountain
Large Natural on Republic Mtn.
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Republic Mountain
HS-N-R3-D2.5-O
Elevation: 8,600
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.0003, -109.9540
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Leaving Cooke on 12/3 we saw many natural avalanches that likely broke on 12/2. Estimate more than 50% of slopes facing north, 8,000-9,000' had crowns 2-4' deep. The largest on Old Man Ray's below republic was R3-D2.5, 400+' wide, 1,000' vertical. There were a couple, possibly larger, on Thunderer in the park, but low light made them difficult to confirm.


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Cooke City
Mt Fox
Large Natural on Fox, Cooke
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Mt Fox
HS-N-R3-D3-O
Elevation: 11,000
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.1212, -109.9300
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG 12/3: Confirming more of what you saw, lots of large natural avalanches up high. Most notable was this massive slide on fox, looks to have broke 2-6’ deep and over 1000’ wide. Couldn’t quite see the toe from our tour but it looked to have run over 1000’ vertical. Never have seen one so large on Fox… 


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Cooke City
Sheep Mountain
Natural on Sheep Mtn, Cooke
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Sheep Mountain
N-R3-D2.5
Elevation: 10,400
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.0722, -109.9280
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0
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Southern Madison
Bacon Rind
Two Natural Avalanches Ernie Miller
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Bacon Rind
SS-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 9,600
Coordinates: 44.9575, -111.0970
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Toured up to Bacon Rind today and skied meadows off of the ridge. Noted many collapses and whumpfs in the snowpack as we ascended east aspects to the ridge. Looking toward Ernie Miller ridge, we noted an old crown in the main bowl just below the summit. It was on an E-NE aspect, 200 or more feet wide and looked to be filled in with new snow but was still visible. Looking east from the top of the ridge, we noted another crown on a west aspect that looked to be about 100' wide and deep.


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Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Small windslabs on Mt. Blackmore
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Mt Blackmore
SS-ASc-R1-D1
Coordinates: 45.4444, -111.0040
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs on Mt Blackmore 12/2: " we were able to easily trigger shallow, short running windslabs by knocking down small cornices."


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Lionhead Range
Lionhead Ridge
Numerous large avalanches along Lionhead Ridge
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Lionhead Ridge
SS-R2-D2
Coordinates: 44.7145, -111.3180
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

A number of large avalanches observed along Lionhead Ridge on 12/2. 


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Cooke City
COOKE CITY
Large natural avalanches near Cooke City
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COOKE CITY
N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 10,000
Coordinates: 45.0202, -109.9380
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Near Cooke City (12/2/22) we rode to the cabins at Lulu Pass, then to Round Lake, then to Daisy Pass. Visibility was 50/50, so we didn't see all terrain clearly. We saw multiple large natural avalanches that broke last night or early this morning.

The largest were 3 on Scotch Bonnet (R2-D2, south-souwest aspect at 10,000'), 1 on Henderson in the big east facing slide path (R1-D2. east aspect 10,000'). These appeared to be 3-4 feet deep, and we suspect broke on a layer of weak snow that formed last week and is now buried 2-3 feet deep, and deeper on high wind-loaded slopes.

(We also saw 4-5 smaller wind slabs (R1-D1).)


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Northern Gallatin
Mt Blackmore
Kicking wind slabs on Blackmore Trail
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Mt Blackmore
SS-ASc-R1-D1-O
Elevation: 8,700
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.4444, -111.0040
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Toured up to the NE shoulder on Mt. Blackmore yesterday. Winds were strong and variable, but mostly gusting from the S-SW. A lot of snow was moving around, skin tracks were filled in very quickly, and you could actively see small cornices starting to build on the lee side of the ridge. 

On the descent, I intentionally triggered a small wind pocket in one of the chutes in the cliffs near the trail at 8700 ft. I included a video. It was D1 and about 5 inches deep at the crown. I think just a good reminder that even in the trees, the tops of those chutes get wind loaded and can definitely slide


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Northern Madison
Big Sky Resort
BSSP Trigger Avalanche - Cold Springs
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Big Sky Resort
AE-O
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.2760, -111.4360
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From BSSP Observations: "A wind slab triggered near the top of Cold Springs ran down and triggered a persistent slab around constriction level (see pics). This deeper failure occurred about 20cm off the ground at the Oct/Nov interface in a snowpack that was only about 1m deep." 


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Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Skier triggered hard wind slab at Bridger
Bridger Bowl
HS-ASc-R2-D1.5-I
Elevation: 7,800
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.8170, -110.9250
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Skier triggered wind slab avalanche around 2pm, along the edge of north Bowl and Bronco near "The John". Crown 6-10" deep and 30 feet wide, hard slab of recent drifted snow. HS-ASc-D1.5. Strong wind blowing steady from the south-southwest and transporting snow, filling in tracks rapidly.

Immediately after this slide, I saw what I assume was skier triggered, slide of similar size a little further down the bowl with crown drifting in. Beacon check of debris produced no signal, barely deep enough to bury someone.


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Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Skier triggered avalanche NE aspect Bridger.
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Bridger Bowl
HS-ASu-R2-D1.5-I
Elevation: 7,800
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.8264, -110.9290
Caught: 1 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "Triggered a small(d1r1?) wind slab off the bridger chair in bounds at bridger. Little skiers right of bumble chute on the roll over skiers left of bronco. NE face. Rollover around 35 degrees mellowing throughout the run. The face had tracks from earlier today before i triggered the slide. I was able to self arrest and stop myself before being carried. The crown was around 20-25 ft wide and the slide ran roughly 100ft downhill before stopping. Both myself and my partner skied away unharmed."


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Northern Gallatin
Hyalite - main fork
Skier triggered wind slab east aspect Hyalite
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Hyalite - main fork
SS-AS-R1-D1-O
Elevation: 8,300
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.4472, -110.9620
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Saw a group of skiers trigger a small wind slab avalanche on an eastern aspect at around 8,300' in the main fork of Hyalite in "Candy Land" just south of the climb Big League Chew at 2:00pm on Saturday (11/26). Crown looked to be around 2" to 1' and 90' wide. The slide ran maybe 100'. No skiers were caught. It was triggered as the first skier traversed out onto the intended ski line from the trees which they skinned up. The fracture extended from the tips of the first skiers skis and ran across the slope and underneath a small cliff band. The group skied out on a slightly lower angle slope adjacent to the slide. My group watched from below an adjacent ski run approximately 300 yards away as the slide happened. We had dug a pit on a similar aspect in the area approximately 30 minutes before the slide and found 85cm of snow with a weak layer at 42-45cm which failed CTs but we couldn't get propagation. (CT22, ECTN21). It looked like this was probably the layer that failed in this slide.


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Northern Madison
Beehive Basin
Natural loose snow and rollerballs, Beehive and Bridger
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Beehive Basin
L-N-R1-D1
Elevation: 9,700
Aspect: S
Coordinates: 45.3508, -111.4000
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Obs from Beehive 11/25: "Lots of moving snow on south facing aspects. most of the chutes to the [lookers] right of the (4th of July couloir) had slid, it looked like it was mostly limited releases from sun warmed rocks."

GNFAC Forecaster at Bridger on 11/25 saw natural rollerballs and pinwheels on steep, rocky south facing terrain. (photo).


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Northern Madison
Big Sky Resort
Large natural avalanche on deeper weak layer at Big Sky
Big Sky Resort
HS-N-R3-D3.5-O
Elevation: 10,000
Aspect: N
Coordinates: 45.2760, -111.4360
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From BSSP (11/24): "The Whale on the NSS slid naturally at some point in the past 24 hours,
likely broke into deeper layers, and ran well past the Meeting Trees- estimated D3 slide. There is
weakness in the alpine snowpack on some northerly aspects in the alpine..."

From BSSP (12/4): "[A] team got a better look at the natural avalanche that occurred out there around
Thanksgiving. It was a solid D3.5 and ran full track from the level of the Little Couloir down to the
mature tree line."


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