Trip Planning for Bridgers

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 10-30 S
Apr 14 0″ | 5-22 SW
Apr 13 0″ | 10-40 W
8100′     04/15 at 13:00
34℉
0″New
8500′     04/15 at 13:00
33℉
W - 17mph
Gusts 21 mph
Primary Problem: Wet Snow
Bottom Line: Daily forecasts are done for the season, but avalanches will continue. Remain diligent with your snowpack assessments and route-finding, and adapt your decision-making to changing conditions. On Monday and Tuesday, wet snow avalanches are likely. The snow is unstable on a spectrum, from when the upper few inches of the snowpack are wet and slushy to the entire snowpack being unsupportable. Avoid steep slopes and runout zones where these scenarios are present. Beginning Tuesday night, as snow returns to the area, watch for signs of instability within the new and wind-drifted snow, such as shooting cracks, and dig down until you find a supportable crust to test for instability above this level. Avoid steep slopes where you find instability.

Past 5 Days

Thu Apr 11

Considerable
Fri Apr 12

Considerable
Sat Apr 13

Considerable
Sun Apr 14

High
Today

None

Relevant Avalanche Activity

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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Bridger Range
BRIDGER RANGE
Wet loose slides in Bridgers
Incident details include images
BRIDGER RANGE
WL-N-R2-D2-O
Elevation: 8,500
Aspect: E
Coordinates: 45.8512, -110.9480
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

This afternoon I drove up Bridger canyon to Seitz Rd to see the extent of wet snow activity, and stopped in a few places to look with binoculars. There were many loose wet avalanches that ran over the last 1-3 days. I estimate they involved the upper 6-12" of snow. Activity was widespread and many slides were plenty large enough to be dangerous, but there was nothing especially remarkable about the size and I saw zero wet slabs.

Temperature was 65-70 degrees in the canyon, mostly clear skies with a few clouds, calm to light wind.


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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

Winter Weather Advisory April 16, 09:00pm until April 17, 12:00pmClick here for hazard details and duration Winter Weather Advisory
  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. West northwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Showers
    Likely

    High: 52 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Slight Chance
    T-storms then
    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 31 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A slight chance of rain between 2pm and 3pm, then a chance of snow.  Increasing clouds, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 21 to 26 mph in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

    Sunny then
    Chance
    Rain/Snow and
    Breezy

    High: 48 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Snow.  Patchy blowing snow between 9pm and 3am. Low around 24. Northwest wind 16 to 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    Low: 24 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Snow.  Patchy blowing snow after noon. High near 33. Northwest wind 14 to 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    High: 33 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight.  Patchy blowing snow before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Northwest wind 13 to 18 mph decreasing to 7 to 12 mph after midnight.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    Low: 17 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    High: 34 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Northeast wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 16 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: A slight chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 33.

    Slight Chance
    Snow

    High: 33 °F

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.

Additionally, please join us in congratulating Doug Chabot on his retirement from the GNFAC after 29 years of forecasting and 25 years as the center’s director. Thank you for everything, Doug!

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