Forums Current Conditions Montana Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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  • #656769
    H.R. Flufnstuf
    97 Posts
    #656770
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Saw that. Glad everyone’s OK. Just issuing a friendly reminder that early season in SW Montana is especially hazardous. Combining the weak snowpack, low coverage and the unbearable psyche of the masses to get out and shred (especially in the north Bridgers since you can usually still drive your car a good ways up into there) is pretty much a recipe for disaster!
    Here’s the GNFAC report for anyone interested: http://www.mtavalanche.com/images/12/avalanche-no-name-bowl-overview

    #656771
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Just wanted to share a sweet southwest Montana weather resource that my friend Casey devised: http://winter.junkfunnel.com/

    It basically compiles the data from all the snotels and mountain weather stations for the mountain ranges of southwest Montana and displays them on one page, in an easy-to-read graph. Definitely saves me some time from going between bookmarks. Enjoy!

    #656772
    samh
    726 Posts

    I was trying to find this link a couple weeks back, thanks for sharing again, Nick.

    – Sam

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    #656773
    fall liner
    2 Posts

    Great site!!! thank you

    #656774
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Cool, thanks guys. Sam, I think I’ll put a direct link on my site if you (or anyone else) ever lose it again.

    #656775
    samh
    726 Posts

    @nickstayner wrote:

    Cool, thanks guys. Sam, I think I’ll put a direct link on my site if you (or anyone else) ever lose it again.

    Please do. I e-mailed myself the link with some keywords so I can remember it but a link on your site seems like a good idea anyway.

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    #656776
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Link is up. Definitely keep an eye on Casey’s site as we move into winter. I know he’s currently working on some cool stuff for it.

    #656777
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Facebook/Twitter page for Southwest Montana Winter Weather is up, just in the nick of time! It’ll update twice a day, with thresholds for new snow (>1″), high wind(>20mph), and cold temps (<0). Give 'er a like! http://www.facebook.com/SouthwestMontanaWinterWeather?fref=ts

    #656778
    samh
    726 Posts

    Liked.

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    #656779
    websherpa
    34 Posts

    Hey all. New to the site and splitting. I’ve been snowboarding for 15 years, slowshoeing and a boot packing for 4 years so I’m not a complete novice in the BC but expect to get out more with appropriate equipment now. Haven’t really seen much BC in MT since moving here 2 years ago and didn’t get out at all last year due to the crazy snow pack, general demotivation and again equipment. Looking forward to meeting someone of you and contributing in the discussion here. To that end this looks to be a major storm rolling in…

    Anyone seen what the old snow has done the past couple weeks? I’m optimistic the warmer temperatures aided the creation a strong base layer for the future snow to sit on, but I don’t have any on snow time substantiate these hopes.

    #656780
    samh
    726 Posts

    I will be snowboarding this weekend methinks!

    Websherpa – be sure to sign up for the GNFAC daily email (http://www.mtavalanche.com/)
    Also, check out the awesome condition tracking tools at http://winter.junkfunnel.com

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    #656781
    websherpa
    34 Posts

    @samh wrote:

    I will be snowboarding this weekend methinks!

    Websherpa – be sure to sign up for the GNFAC daily email (http://www.mtavalanche.com/)
    Also, check out the awesome condition tracking tools at http://winter.junkfunnel.com

    Thanks. I’ve been on the GFNAC email since day 1 in MT. Just got linked to the other weather site earlier this week.

    #656754
    websherpa
    34 Posts

    Went up to Bridger yesterday and will again today. Not much to report stability wise. Stayed on lower angle meadows since coverage just isn’t that deep yet. Stable or otherwise there seems to be opportunities to hurt yourself out there. I’m heading back today, so maybe I’ll dig a quick pit and see how the old/new snow is bonding. Maybe try to find some wind slabs as well to mess around with.

    I found this video which shows a pretty high energy slough. It seems to me the old/new snow here isn’t bounding well but the new snow isn’t quite strong enough to create a larger slab avalanche.

    [youtube:eaa53g2t]9GVmfWLs5Rc[/youtube:eaa53g2t]

    #656782
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    @websherpa wrote:

    Stable or otherwise there seems to be opportunities to hurt yourself out there.

    Priceless. I’m just as psyched as the next shredder to start getting after it, but I’ve been riding for a long time and the lion’s share of ski/snowboard injuries I’ve seen have occurred during early season. It’s also the only time I have been seriously injured while shredding.

    I now tend to employ the “2 foot rule” and wait until there’s about 24″ consolidated snow at most of the snotels around here. Seems to work pretty well for me.

    #656783
    samh
    726 Posts

    My buddies and I called off our planned snowboarding trip for today after we surveyed the conditions while XC skiing yesterday. Goods things are on the horizon – no need to put core shots in my board (or worse, my face) in subpar snow.

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    #656784
    samh
    726 Posts

    If you need some SW Montana stoke the entire Radbots film is up on Vimeo.

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    #656785
    websherpa
    34 Posts

    Went up to bridger bowl but didn’t get out of the car. Wind was the story and it looked boilerplate from the car. My old lady wasn’t fired up on the prospects of hiking for shallow likely rock hard snow so we just went out for a drive instead of a hike. Totally different story from yesterday. Major wind activity up there. There was fresh surface hoar in my tire tracks today from last nights cold and calm spell. Hard to say if it formed up on the hill as well, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

    #656786
    H.R. Flufnstuf
    97 Posts

    This, from TGR:
    Deadly Winter – A Look At A Yearlong Avalanche Cycle In Montana
    http://www.tetongravity.com/blogs/Deadly-Winter-A-Look-At-A-Yearlong-Avalanche-Cycle-In-Montana-6463593.htm

    From the article:

    During 2011-12 season, the GNFAC saw the second highest number of avalanche incidents in its 22 years of operation. A total of 51 incidents were reported throughout the season, three resulting in fatalities. This number represents southwest Montana; the total number of avalanche incidents throughout the state was much higher. In fact, Montana (tied with Colorado) had the highest number of fatalities out of any state in the nation with seven fatalities.

    *boldface added.

    #656787
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Those photos are something else. Jeezus. Good reminder of how bad it can get.

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