Trip Planning for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 10-22 SW
Mar 3 7″ | 15-42 SW
Mar 2 7″ | 10-20 SE
9460′     03/04 at 17:00
SW - 10mph
Gusts 26 mph
9000′     03/04 at 19:00
70″ Depth
Primary Problem: Persistent Weak Layer
Bottom Line: Avalanche conditions are dangerous and large, human-triggered avalanches are likely. It remains important to stay diligent with conservative terrain choices and careful route finding. With recent snow and multiple widespread buried weak layers making complex snowpack stability, travel advice is to simply avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees and flatter runout zones below.

Past 5 Days

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Relevant Photos

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  • Riders saw a large crack in the snow near the Cabin Creek Cabin in the S. Madison Range. This is a red flag for unstable conditions. Anonymous


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  • Photo and observation from 01/20

    From obs: "Large roller balls were observed in avalanche terrain on a SE aspect at 8,300'. Alongside this observation, rather wet, sticky snow was observed throughout the tour, causing multiple glopping incidents on our skins." Photo: E. Webb


  • Skiers on 01/20 saw a natural avalanche that happened the day before on 01/19. Photo: E. Webb

  • From observations on 01/20:

    Shooting cracks above a cornice that created a small avalanche. Photo: D. Halama

  • From observation on 01/20:

    While approaching a cornice skiers collapsed the slope and triggered a small cornice. Photo: E. Webb

  • A small avalanche was seen in Black Bear Canyon on 01/14. This was a recent avalanche that happened today or yesterday 01/13. 

  • Cracking at Fawn Pass this was accompanied by multiple collapses during the tour. Photo: S. Reinsel

  • Large surface near Little Bear. Photo: JR Mooney

  • From IG on 12/10: "2 slides we triggered remotely in tepee yesterday"

  • From obs: "Dug into the hillside right before going up the creek. Snow pack was 75 cm deep consisting of three layers. Bottom 35cm is obviously faceted, grain size is around 2mm. Very thin ice crust at around 35cm. Upper 35 cm of snow is brand new snow from this current storm, precipitation particles, low density, with minor wind effect. Performed a quick Compression Test and the ice crust layer failed on the second tap." Photo: S. Gralla

  • From IG: “Pine creek today, some small wind slabs and a full depth wet slide off black mountain”

  • From IG: “Pine creek today (10/21), some small wind slabs and a full depth wet slide off black mountain”

  • From obs. "Was out alpine climbing today and observed the north face of Blackmore had slid already."

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Snowpit Profiles- Southern Gallatin


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Weather Stations- Southern Gallatin

Weather Forecast Southern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

17 Miles SE Big Sky MT

Winter Storm Warning March 5, 05:00am until March 6, 11:00amClick here for hazard details and duration Winter Storm Warning
  • Tonight

    Tonight: A chance of snow showers before 11pm, then a chance of snow showers after 3am.  Patchy fog before 9pm, then patchy fog after 5am.  Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10. South wind 8 to 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    Showers and
    Patchy Fog

    Low: 5 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Snow showers.  High near 24. Wind chill values as low as -10. Breezy, with a southwest wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Showers
    and Breezy

    High: 24 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday Night: Snow showers, mainly before 10pm.  Low around 8. Wind chill values as low as zero. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

    Snow Showers
    then Chance
    Snow Showers

    Low: 8 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as zero. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    High: 28 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 10 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 29. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers

    High: 29 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 4 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 31.


    High: 31 °F

  • Friday

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 7.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 7 °F

The Last Word

On Friday there were two snowmobilers killed in separate avalanches, in Washington and northern Idaho. Our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends, and all involved.

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