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  • Snow!!!

    Since Monday afternoon the mountains have picked up an additional 4-8 inches from small weather disturbances. High pressure slides in tonight and will park itself over the west for the next week. Expect to see sunny skies, light winds and mountain temperatures reaching into the low 40’s.

    The mountains have anywhere from 2-4 feet of snow sitting on the ground. Since last Friday avalanche activity has been limited to a few sluffs. Reports from the Bridger, Madison and Gallatin Ranges are all relatively similar—dense, supportable snow with good powder on top and no signs of instability like cracking or collapsing. Avalanche hazard for the Grand Teton and Island Park mountain areas are moderate above 9000’. Use extra caution in avalanche terrain as 1-2 ft slabs exist on excellent sliding surfaces. The Lionhead area outside West Yellowstone has 2-3 feet of strong, stable snow. Overall, people are reporting this as one of the most stable early season snowpacks in recent memory.

    During the last two days winds have been blowing moderately from the west-northwest at the higher elevations. You’ll want to pay attention to wind drifts near the ridgetops since these areas would be more susceptible to triggering. And although most reports indicate good stability, you’ll want to be on the lookout for any faceted, sugary snow near the ground since these areas would be inherently weaker and likely unstable.

    Current snow depths include 9” here in West Yellowstone, 23” on the Madison Plateau Neighboring Idaho mountains report 3” on the ground at Henry’s Lake, 25” at Sawtelle, and 40” at Black Bear (8,666’).

    Daily trail grooming in the National Forests is set to resume December 1st and Yellowstone National Park will re-open for over-the-snow vehicles on December 21st.

    THINK (MORE) SNOW!!!!!!!!

    Jan Stoddard
    Director of Marketing & Operations

    Yellowstone Tour & Travel
    Specializing in Yellowstone Summer Experiences, Winter Snowmobile and Snowcoach Tours including Discounted Airfare
    [email protected]
    406-646-9310 (Work)
    406-640-0353 (Cell)

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    Big Sky country

    Big Sky MT......Volcom1(gigi's kid) riding the bowls a few yrs back..
    and Yellowstone Nat'l Park..
    an experience everyone ought to try in their lifetime..awesome views of the scenery & wildlife...
    the powder is fantastic!
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