Trip Planning for Bridgers

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 5-13 SW
Apr 23 0″ | 15-31 W-E
Apr 22 0″ | 15-40 W
8100′     04/24 at 13:00
51℉
0″New
8500′     04/24 at 13:00
47℉
W - 6mph
Gusts 14 mph
Primary Problem: Wet Snow
Bottom Line: Warm temperatures, wind-loading, and the possibility of rain and snow later in the week will drive avalanche problems. Wet snow avalanches will be the primary concern on most slopes. Get on to the snow early in the day when surface-level crusts are supportable and get off when the crust breaks down and more than the upper few inches of snow become slushy and wet. Relatively small wind-slab avalanches are possible on upper-elevation slopes that remain shady and cool. If the upper snowpack is dry, dig down and back off steep objectives if you find instability in your tests, observe shooting cracks or indications of fresh wind-loading. Reevaluate conditions when a mix of rain and snow moves into the area on Thursday and Friday.

Past 5 Days

Sat Apr 13

Considerable
Sun Apr 14

High
Mon Apr 15

None
Fri Apr 19

None
Mon Apr 22

None

Relevant Avalanche Activity

Bridger Range
Ross Peak
Dry Loose on Ross Pk.
Ross Peak
L-AS
Coordinates: 45.8570, -110.9510
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From obs: "Skied the Banana Coulior off Ross today (04/18). 6-8" of fresh, dry snow has fallen and lies above a bomber crust that was observed on all aspects we traveled on. The weak interface between new, dry snow and the pervasive crust allowed for a large sluff, or dry-loose slide, that began near the top of the Banana Coulior and ran for ~ 500'"


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Southern Madison
Quake Lake
Wet Slab Avalanche Above Quake Lake
Incident details include images
Quake Lake
WS-N-R2-D2-G
Coordinates: 44.8524, -111.3920
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

From IG: Wet slide to the ground above Quake Lake. 


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Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Natural wet loose slide at Bridger
Incident details include images
Bridger Bowl
WL-N-R2-D2.5-O
Elevation: 8,400
Aspect: NE
Coordinates: 45.8244, -110.9280
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

On sunday 4/14 a large wet loose avalanche ran naturally in closed terrain at Bridger. The larger of the two in the photo, on the right, is from 4/14 at 1230pm. The other slide, on the left, happened yesterday or late in the day Friday.


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  • On sunday 4/14 a large wet loose avalanche ran naturally in closed terrain at Bridger. The larger of the two in the photo, on the right, is from 4/14 at 1230pm. The other slide, on the left, happened yesterday (4/13) or late in the day Friday. Photo: BBSP

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

  • On 4/13/24 There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. They appeared to involved the upper 6-12" of the snowpack. Photo: GNFAC

     

  • Driving home from Bridger Bowl, I spotted a number of wet, loose avalanches in Argentina Bowl. It was 1:30 PM when I saw them, and the sun was still blazing. I would expect there was more activity as the afternoon progressed. Photo: GNFAC

  • Driving home from Bridger Bowl, I spotted a number of wet, loose avalanches in Argentina Bowl. It was 1:30 PM when I saw them, and the sun was still blazing. I would expect there was more activity as the afternoon progressed. Photo: GNFAC

  • From IG message: “Rode the banana today.. lots of fast moving sluff. Had a mid elevation pocket pop. New snow seemed to have bonded well, the spot that did pop had formed into 12” slab below rock face.”

  • From IG message: “Rode the banana today.. lots of fast moving sluff. Had a mid elevation pocket pop. New snow seemed to have bonded well, the spot that did pop had formed into 12” slab below rock face.”

  • Skiers triggered this avalanche on a north-facing slope near the Anger Lake basin.  The crown was 4-18 inches deep and propagated the entire width of the gully ~40 feet and ran the entire length of the gully ~500 vertical feet. The skier was able to ski out of the avalanche right as it broke and was not carried. Photo: Anonymous

  • Skiers triggered this avalanche on a north-facing slope near the Anger Lake basin.  The crown was 4-18 inches deep and propagated the entire width of the gully ~40 feet and ran the entire length of the gully ~500 vertical feet. The skier was able to ski out of the avalanche right as it broke and was not carried. Photo: Anonymous

  • The largest skier-triggered avalanche that we saw today. The crown extended out of frame below steep rocks. This avalanche broke ~1' deep within the recent storm snow. R2/D2. Photo: GNFAC

  • The largest skier-triggered avalanche that we saw today. The crown extended out of frame below steep rocks. This avalanche broke ~1' deep within the recent storm snow. R2/D2. Photo: GNFAC

  • The largest skier-triggered avalanche that we saw today. The crown extended out of frame below steep rocks. This avalanche broke ~1' deep within the recent storm snow. R2/D2. Photo: GNFAC

  • One of several skier-triggered avalanches that broke within the recent storm snow, ~1' deep. R2/D1.5. Photo: GNFAC

  • One of several skier-triggered avalanches that broke within the recent storm snow, ~1' deep. R2/D1.5. Photo: GNFAC

  • Riders saw this recent storm slab avalanche while riding near Fairy Lake. This avalanche was triggered by riders not in their group. Photo: Anonymous

  • Skiers in the Love Chutes triggered this avalanche after a ski cut produced no results. Further down the chute, the first skier triggered an 18" wind slab avalanche. They were carried 200' before self-arresting and were uninjured. Photo: Anonymous 

  • Skiers in the Love Chutes triggered this avalanche after a ski cut produced no results. Further down the chute, the first skier triggered an 18" wind slab avalanche. They were carried 200' before self-arresting and were uninjured. Photo: Anonymous 

  • A skier triggered a small avalanche on a steep north-facing pitch at the Throne, but it did not run far. Photo: GNFAC

  • While ski touring in Frazier Basin we saw at least 12 recent loose wet avalanches on east and south aspects. Most of them started near exposed rocks and entrained the upper 6" of wet snow. Photo: GNFAC

  • Loose wet avalanches on the east face of the October Bowl from 04/02/2024. Photo: GNFAC

  • A large slab avalanche behind the Nose. Photo: GNFAC

  • From IG: Very touchy on Hollywood wall this morning. All slopes easily propagated 4-6” deep on a firm bed surface. Most were less than 50’ wide with the exception of the slide in the couloir which propagated down the entire couloir, maybe 500’ wide, and ran through the exits into the main bowl.

  • From IG: Very touchy on Hollywood wall this morning. All slopes easily propagated 4-6” deep on a firm bed surface. Most were less than 50’ wide with the exception of the slide in the couloir which propagated down the entire couloir, maybe 500’ wide, and ran through the exits into the main bowl.

  • There was a small wind-slab release out of Gibbs (I think), I suspect skier triggered, but I could make out a track. Photo: GNFAC

  • On our drive home we saw, what I assume were, natural wind-slab avalanches on Quarter Saddle (looked like a cornice collapse) and in Argentina Bowl. Bridger Peak was obscured by heavy wind-loading. Photo: GNFAC

  • On our drive home we saw, what I assume were, natural wind-slab avalanches on Quarter Saddle (looked like a cornice collapse) and in Argentina Bowl. Bridger Peak was obscured by heavy wind-loading. Photo: GNFAC

  • The wind was transporting significant amounts of the recent snow at high elevations. This is Naya Nuki loading as seen from the Ramp. Photo: GNFAC

  • The wind was transporting significant amounts of the recent snow at high elevations. This is Saddle Peak loading as seen from the Ramp. Photo: GNFAC

  • Skiers in Frazier Basin triggered several small wind slabs and saw widespread cracking on NW-facing terrain. Photo: C. Bayles

  • From obs: "Saw small avalanches on almost every wind loaded slope out of fairy lake. The one we spotted in the pomp twins had a defined crown roughly 100ft across." J. Alford

  • From obs: "Saw small avalanches on almost every wind loaded slope out of fairy lake. The one we spotted in the pomp twins had a defined crown roughly 100ft across." J. Alford

  • Skiers on 03/24/2024 observed this avalanche at the Playground that happened on 03/20/24. Photo: A. Newman

     

  • From obs. 3/23/24: "...Natural wet slab avalanche in the Playground, just North of Texas Meadows. It seemed to have been triggered from a wet loose avalanche that released from the cliffband above...." Photo: D. Sandberg

  • From obs. 3/23/24: "...Natural wet slab avalanche in the Playground, just North of Texas Meadows. It seemed to have been triggered from a wet loose avalanche that released from the cliffband above...." Photo: D. Sandberg

  • From obs 3/23/24: "...Also observed wet loose activity in S facing run off Texas (first run to the W of the summit)-photo attached. ..." Photo: D. Sandberg

  • From obs.: "Walked out the north gate of Bridger to the playground. Just north of Texas meadows observed a slide that ran sometime earlier in the week on a E aspect. Seems to have been triggered naturally by a loose wet coming out of the steep rocky terrain above. Ran about 200 feet was about 50-60 feet wide and crown was roughly 2-3 feet deep. Snow around the slide and on similar aspects was wet in the top 40 cms or so." Photo: C. Bayles

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Weather Forecast Bridgers

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles NNE Bozeman MT

  • This Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10 to 13 mph.

    High: 62 °F

    Mostly Sunny

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 8pm and 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the evening.

    Low: 38 °F

    Chance
    Showers

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A chance of rain, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon.  High near 54. West wind 6 to 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

    High: 54 °F

    Chance Rain
    then Showers

  • Thursday Night

    Thursday Night: Rain showers before midnight, then rain and snow. Some thunder is also possible.  Low around 36. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

    Low: 36 °F

    Showers then
    Rain/Snow

  • Friday

    Friday: Snow before noon, then rain.  High near 44. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    High: 44 °F

    Snow then
    Rain

  • Friday Night

    Friday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 9pm.  Low around 34. East northeast wind 10 to 13 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Low: 34 °F

    Rain/Snow
    then Snow

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Snow.  High near 42. East northeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    High: 42 °F

    Snow

  • Saturday Night

    Saturday Night: Snow likely, mainly before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. East northeast wind 9 to 14 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

    Low: 32 °F

    Snow Likely

  • Sunday

    Sunday: A chance of snow before noon, then rain likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

    High: 49 °F

    Chance Snow
    then Rain
    Likely

The Last Word

We began our daily forecasts on December 7. 130 daily forecasts and 464 reported avalanches later, we wrapped up our daily forecasting season on April 14th. While avalanches remain a concern until the snow is in the rivers, read our SEASON SUMMARY to look back at the heart of the 2023-24 avalanche year.

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