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Doug, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, received his B.A. in Outdoor Education from Prescott College in 1986. From 1990 to 1999 he worked as a professional ski patroller at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Bozeman, Montana. Starting part-time in 1995, and moving to full-time in 1998, Doug has worked for the GNFAC as an avalanche specialist. He's worked as a professional mountain guide in Alaska and the western US from 1989 to the present. During the summers Doug has worked work as a consultant for humanitarian projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Doug has been on 16 Alaskan climbing expeditions as well as climbs in Nepal, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Avalanche Report Southwest Montana – Avalanches are likely to be triggered this weekend

Heads up in the backcountry.  It's bad out there.

Folks are triggering avalanches from low angled terrain which are propagating far and wide.  Slopes that held early season snow are especially dangerous since the old snow became weak, faceted and sugary.  With 1-2 feet of new snow this week it’s difficult to tell which slope is unstable and which is not.

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A natural avalanche in the Bridger Range, March 18.
A natural avalanche in the Bridger Range, March 18.
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Avalanche Report From The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s Doug Chabot

Yesterday, winter officially ended with the Equinox.  Saying good-bye to an old, reliable friend is difficult, but spring seems full of energy and ready to play. It started snowing early this morning and at 6 a.m six inches of wet, dense snow has fallen in the mountains.  

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Avalanche WARNING

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is issuing a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the Bridger and northern Gallatin Ranges as well as the mountains outside Cooke City. Heavy snowfall since Saturday has been deposited on a weak snowpack.  Strong winds at all elevations have loaded slopes further.  The avalanche danger is rated HIGH on all slopes.

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Republic Mountain, Cooke City
This avalanche from last Saturday is a reminder that wind-loaded slopes should be avoided.
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Great Backcountry Conditions

The storms have finally ended.  It snowed 13 days in a row in our advisory area, a pretty sweet system that dropped over 6 feet of snow outside Cooke City.  I was there last Sunday and had the throttle pinned to get anywhere.  The snowpack is getting stronger by the day.  With high pressure settling over Montana bringing sunny skies the backcountry riding and skiing will be great.

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Crystals like this can grow like weeds during cold clear nights.  They become weak layers once buried with a snowstorm or two.  Photo: A. Marienthal
Crystals like this can grow like weeds during cold clear nights. They become weak layers once buried with a snowstorm or two. Photo: A. Marienthal
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No Snow, Big Problem

In the avalanche world we know that more snow equals more avalanches.  It's a no brainer.  But during times like these of high pressure, the snowpack starts to get funky.  Instead of getting stronger it gets weaker

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