Trip Planning for Southern Madison

as of 5:00 am
Dec 10″ | NA
Nov 30 1″ | NA
Nov 29 0″ | NA
9460′     at
- mph
Gusts mph
9000′   12/02 at 17:00
32℉
30″ Depth
Bottom Line: Strong winds will return midweek, drifting soft snow into unstable stabs. The better coverage found on wind-drifted slopes may entice us, but this is where avalanches are most likely to occur. Carefully evaluate snowpack stability and the consequences of getting caught in an avalanche with sharp rocks just inches below you.
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Past 5 Days

Fri Nov 19

None
Mon Nov 22

None
Wed Nov 24

None
Fri Nov 26

None
Mon Nov 29

None

Relevant Photos

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

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

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

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

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Weather Forecast Southern Madison

Extended Forecast for

20 Miles S Big Sky MT

High Wind Watch December 4, 09:00am until December 4, 11:00pm
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High Wind Watch
  • Tonight

    Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 28. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    Increasing
    Clouds

    Low: 28 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 33. South southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 33 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. South wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 26 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 31. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 21 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow and
    Breezy

    High: 31 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    and Breezy

    Low: 14 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. West wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 22 °F

  • Sunday
    Night

    Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow after 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. South southwest wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 12 °F

  • Monday

    Monday: Snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. South southwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

    Snow

    High: 21 °F

  • Monday
    Night

    Monday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Snow Likely

    Low: 13 °F

The Last Word

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


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