Gallatin County and Montana as a whole is home to some of the most talented avalanche specialists in the country. The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is based in Bozeman but here you'll find information on all things "Montanan Avalanche".


When you're headed into the back country, it's crucial to always have the right gear and know how to use it. (Having an avalanche beacon but not using it correctly is pointless and could be deadly!) Want some tips on how to be prepared? The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center can help:

You can also find educational classes put on by the GNFAC HERE. Some classes and courses are quick and indoors. Others are more extensive 'field classes'. Many offerings are free and you'll find them being held all season long.

Where are the Bozeman area and SW Montana SNOTEL weather monitoring stations? They're easy to find on this map so you can check local conditions at any time.

  • Brackett Creek for the east side of the Bridger Range.
  • Shower Falls in Hyalite Canyon for the N Gallatin Range.
  • Lone Mountain for N Madison Range
  • Carrot Basin and Beaver Creek for the S Madison Range.
  • Whiskey Creek and Madison Plateau near W Yellowstone.
  • Fisher Creek for mountains north of Cooke City.
  • Monument Peak for the Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains.

There are several other Avalanche Centers in Montana with talented forecasters and good websites with local information. (Many of these same people are members of their local Search and Rescue Teams, FYI.)

You can find avalanche centers across the western United States with this map.

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