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WOW Morning from Cooke city. It's been a long week of snow plowing. It's nice to sit down for a while and give you guys updates. Since last week we picked up about 3 feet of snow on the mountain. The fisher snotell has been up to 142 inches. The snowman is calling for snow starting Saturday with a 70% chance. Chance of snow goes through Tuesday. It has been below zero for the last 3 days now. Going to warm up. It was great to see Eric from the Avalanche center. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: Eric is in Cooke City and found blowing snow, wind-loading and also a wafer-thin weak layer of small-grained facets 18” under the surface, which he describes in his. This is the same layer I saw a week ago, but it now has a thicker slab of snow sitting on it. This layer was unstable in his tests and found on many slopes, wind-loaded and not. The good news is that it may not be a problem for long, but in the meantime assume it’s on most slopes until proven otherwise. Thick drifts and a few avalanche crowns are reminders that wind-loaded slopes could still avalanche. For today, wind-loading and a buried weak layer point to the possibility of avalanches and a MODERATE danger. ... See more
SNOW COMING Morning from Cooke city. The town has been really busy. The snowman is calling for about 7 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. The last couple of mornings we've seen below zero temp's. But today we are above zero and its great. I finally moved most of the snow from last weekend. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: Yesterday, Cooke City was windy and snow was blowing at the ridgelines and across faces loading slopes and drifting snow. Triggering a slide on these wind slabs is a concern. Cornices grew with the last storm and these monsters could break off, steamroll and injure you, or worse, trigger a deep and large avalanche that would be deadly. Furthermore, on Saturday, a snowmobiler was buried in an avalanche he triggered in Sheep Creek. Luckily he was uncovered quickly when his partners found his finger sticking out of the snow. Triggering slides like this is becoming less likely, but not impossible. For today, the avalanche danger is rated MODERATE on all slopes. ... See more
sunny After noon from the clear blue skies of Montana. The snowman said it would be nice and it turned out to be. The temp. this morning was 3 below and at this time its 10 above. The snowman has changed his mind. He's now showing a 40 % chance for Sunday and 50% for Monday. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: The mountains near Cooke City received 6 feet of snow equal to 6.2” of snow water equivalent (SWE) over the last week. This steady, heavy load combined with strong winds made large natural and human triggered avalanches likely the last couple days. Yesterday, skiers near Cooke City saw multiple recent avalanche crowns and saw one avalanche occur. With minimal new snow and wind since yesterday, natural avalanches are not likely. The snowpack will adjust to the recent load relatively quick, but deserves a day or two to do so. Today, large wind slabs are easy to trigger and wind loaded slopes should be avoided. Be cautious of large cornices along ridgelines and pillows of snow below. On non-wind loaded slopes, loose sluffs and slab avalanches of recent snow are possible. Avoid steep slopes if you see collapsing or cracks shooting across the snow surface. Avalanche danger today is CONSIDERABLE on all slopes. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. ... See more
LIGHTLY SNOWING After noon from snow heaven. Will start out and say we in a AVALANCHE WARNING, along with a winter storm warning. It just as well hit us all at once. The snowman is showing a change for Saturday and Sunday. Clearing skies to clear on Sunday. Then snow moves back in to the picture for Monday through Friday with a chance each day. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is issuing a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the mountains near Cooke City. Over three feet of snow in the past three days combined with strong westerly winds is creating very dangerous avalanche conditions. The avalanche danger is rated HIGH on all slopes. Natural and human triggered avalanches are likely today. Some slopes have the potential to produce very destructive avalanches that could reach valley bottoms. Avalanche terrain and avalanche runout zones should be avoided. If you manage to get into the backcountry around Cooke City today, there will be plenty of avalanche hazard to deal with. Nearly two weeks of consistent snowfall, combined with recent strong winds, is creating very dangerous avalanche conditions. Yesterday, Doug and Alex avoided all avalanche terrain and runout zones while riding north of town. Our biggest issue is new snow and wind loading that will add stress to the snowpack. Avalanches failing in the new snow or on weak layers deeper in the pack are both a concern. There is potential for large and destructive avalanches to hit low angle terrain and/or valley bottoms, so be extra cautious when traveling underneath steeper slopes. Avoiding all avalanche terrain is recommended today as the snowpack works overtime to adjust. Today, very dangerous avalanche conditions exist and the avalanche danger is rated HIGH on all slopes. I received another shipment of BCA radio's, along with Frog Z skin for the radio. They won't last long. I brought in 24 and I'm down to 12 skins left. ... See more
STILL SNOWING Morning from over whelmed Cooke city. We have a front that is sitting over us and it won't leave until Friday. We have a 40% chance today while looks like Thursday will be at 80% chance. What I can see, the biggest chance is tonight into tomorrow. More report to follow tonight.
THANK YOU Morning from Bearclaw Bob's / Bakery and the Super 8 motel. I would like to thank everyone for the help on the snow dance. At this time we have stopped and I'll let you know when to start again. We've picked up about 2.5 feet in town and around 4 feet on the mountain. Its been a heavy snow. The mountains need to settle before we get more. We still have a chance of snow Wednesday through Friday. The last couple of days the temps stayed in the low to mid 30's. At this time the temp is 18 degrees with light snow. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: Cooke City (“Snow Baron of the West”) have received 4’ of snow equaling near 4” of snow water equivalent (SWE) since Friday. Yesterday we issued an Avalanche Warning for the area because the amount and rate of snowfall was worrisome. A couple natural avalanches were seen and I expect a few more will be noticed with clearing skies. The snowfall is tapering off and winds are light and the warning has expired, but conditions are still dangerous. The mountains will take time to fully adjust to this load and it’s likely you could trigger slides today. Four feet is a lot of snow and avalanches could be large and deep on par with the ones we saw last week. My recommendation is to avoid avalanche terrain today. The danger is rated CONSIDERABLE on all slopes in the Cooke City area. I'm back out again plowing today, trying to clean up areas. If you are headed to Cooke. Have a safe drive out. ... See more
LETS HALT THE SNOW DANCE FOR WHILE Afternoon from snow buried Cooke city. The snowman keeps dropping more snow. Lets halt the snow dance for a couple of days so we can catch up. Yesterday we picked up over a foot and today so far another 7 inches and still more to come. Today's snow is very slippery and heavy. Looks like the biggest part of the storm will hit us Monday and Monday night. Sorry for not posting but its been a busy two day. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: The mountains near Cooke City have 2 feet of new snow equal to 2” of snow water equivalent (SWE) since Friday. Strong westerly winds drifted this snow into slabs 2-4 feet deep that will break naturally and be easy to trigger. These wind slabs are located below cornices along ridgelines, and lower on slopes along cross-loaded terrain and below cliffs. Avoid travel on steep, wind-loaded slopes and minimize time in flatter terrain below. These avalanches could run far and have the power to break trees, similar to recent slides I saw on Thursday. Yesterday, a skier triggered an 18” deep, 150’ wide avalanche on a wind loaded slope, and similar or larger slides are likely today. On non-wind loaded slopes avalanches are easy to trigger within the recent storm snow, and could break deeper and wider on a weak layer of surface hoar buried 3-4 feet deep. Be extra cautious of all steep slopes, and practice conservative route finding and decision making. The safest bet is lower angle slopes sheltered from the wind, and not exposed to steep, wind-loaded terrain above. Avalanche danger is HIGH on wind loaded slopes and CONSIDERABLE on other steep slopes. I have a few radios 3 radio's left in stock. I'm trying to get more in. The bakerys biggest seller was the french toast with peanut butter and bananas. mmmmmm ... See more
GOT SNOW Morning from the snow capital of Cooke city. The snowman was right again. It started about 4 am with light snow and by 6 am we had about 3 inches and its still coming down. We could see up to a foot by tonight. We still have two more days of 80% chance and a chance of snow clear through Friday of next week. I would like to thank everyone that is helping me with it. Keep the snow dance going. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: The primary avalanche problem in the mountains around Cooke City is wind loaded slopes. New snow combined with moderate winds from the west is the perfect recipe for wind slab formation. Yesterday, Alex rode north of town and observed evidence of a large recent avalanche that occurred in wind loaded terrain. This is consistent with another large avalanche that occurred off Woody Ridge earlier in the week. Today, staying off wind loaded slopes will be the best way to avoid avalanches. A secondary concern is a layer of surface hoar buried 1-2’ deep. Yesterday, Alex got unstable results on this layer in his stability tests. Buried surface hoar is notorious for having sporadic distribution so keep a watchful eye out for this layer before jumping into steeper terrain. Today, human triggered avalanches are likely on wind loaded slopes which have a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger. Non-wind loaded slopes have MODERATE avalanche danger. ... See more
MORE SNOW TO COME Morning from Cooke city MT. The snowman has stretched out the snow forecast a few more days. It goes till o2/09/18. We have a 40% chance today and then for the next 3 days it goes to 80%. At this time we could see up to 8 inches tomorrow. Let dance, dance, dance. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS:Snow stability is variable in the mountains around Cooke City. Some slopes have a deep and stable snowpack, while others have buried weak layers capable of producing avalanches. A layer of surface hoar 1-2’ deep has produced unstable results in stability tests and may be the culprit of recently triggered avalanches. This layer has sporadic distribution making careful snowpack evaluation essential. Facets buried deeper in the pack also remain a concern. A large natural avalanche on Woody Ridge south of town is a good reminder of what’s still possible. Today, the likelihood of a triggering a slide increases on wind loaded slopes. Watch for and avoid wind loaded areas and assess non-wind loaded slopes carefully before traveling in avalanche terrain. For today, the avalanche danger is rated CONSIDERABLE on wind loaded slopes and MODERATE on non-wind loaded slopes. We received more BCA radio's in yesterday. I can't keep them in stock. But that's a good thing. We fill all types of AVALANCHE BOTTLES. We also rent avy packs, probes, shovels and beacons. ... See more
OVERCAST Morning from Cooke city. The snowman is showing us with snow for the next 9 days. Today we have a 60% chance of snow by Friday and Saturday the chance goes up to 80%. Dance, Dance,Dance. Yesterday late afternoon we had blizzard conditions that lasted for several hours. We picked up about 3 inches in town. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS: In the last few days Cooke City has gotten wind, snow and avalanches. Yesterday, winds blew 60-70+ mph at all elevations and a large natural avalanche on Woody Ridge broke at the ground, estimated to be over 8’ deep on a heavily wind-loaded slope. Two cornice triggered avalanches on Town Hill also released yesterday. Additionally, there were two smaller slides were remotely triggered over the weekend. A layer of surface hoar buried 1-2’ deep, has been unreactive in tests, but it cannot be ruled out as a culprit in past and future avalanches. Given the new snow, very strong winds, recent avalanches, and buried surface hoar, there are only a couple ways to safely proceed: 1. Avoid all wind-loaded slopes, and 2. Dig and test the upper few feet of the snowpack to find instability. For today, the avalanche danger is rated CONSIDERABLE since human triggered avalanches are likely. For being a quiet week, the bakery is rocking. Thank you to everyone that comes into Bearclaw to get breakfast or other things from Bob. ... See more