Trip Planning for Island Park

as of 5:00 am
May 11″ | NA
Apr 30 1″ | NA
Apr 29 1″ | NA
9885′     04/23 at 10:00
32.2℉
S - 10mph
Gusts 44 mph
8750′     06/22 at 02:54
9.5″ Depth
0.0″New
7710′     07/15 at 22:00
61℉
0″ Depth
Bottom Line: Spring weather can be highly variable and create a mix of avalanche problems to watch out for. Snow conditions and snow stability can change drastically from day to day or hour to hour. Anticipate rapid change and plan accordingly. Plenty of snowfall over the winter with more spring snow to come makes avalanches possible into summer.

Past 5 Days

Fri Apr 19

None
Mon Apr 22

None
Fri Apr 26

None
Mon Apr 29

None
Thu May 2

None

Relevant Photos

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  • From obs 5/23/24: "shooting cracks in the top 4 to 5 inches of new snow in middle basin" Photo: N. Greiner

  • From obs 5/23/24: "Toured to the top of PK during today’s storm. Snow was very wet and heavy. We saw no other slides or signs of instability on the way up. Coming down skiers right of flippers, all 3 of us caused small slides and cracking within the new snow. I triggered the largest slide, which was 6-8” deep and 12’ wide." Photo: T. Jordan

  • On 5/4/24 Skiers triggered large wet loose slides on the Fin near Cooke City

  • From IG mesasge (4/6): "Some wet action at arange peak near Sawtell yesterday. From slope Dave and I did our first pit on Monday. Lots of release in that new old interface but didn’t see anything releasing down deeper." Photo: Z. Bailey

  • From email:" photo of mostly cloudy skies. 53 deg F while driving through IP at around 4pm" Photo: M. Staples

  • We saw a small natural avalanche below Reas Peak on a northerly aspect. Photo: GNFAC

  • We saw two avalanches below Reas Peak on North aspects that were likely triggered by snowmobilers. Photo: GNFAC

  • We saw two recent natural avalanches that broke below the wind-drifted snow in Jefferson Bowl. Photo: GNFAC

  • We saw two recent natural avalanches that broke below the wind-drifted snow in Jefferson Bowl. Photo: GNFAC

  • We saw a natural avalanche that broke near Yale Creek on a southern aspect that broke below the recent snow. Photo: GNFAC

  • From obs: "No details, came upon them while riding and making observations of the terrain. One was North-Northeast, the other was North-Northwest facing. Across the drainage from each other. Also, notice three other small avalanches on a west facing slope, about two miles east of the first two. All five were on slopes well over 30. In the centennial mountains, close to the continental on the Idaho/Montana border."

  • From obs: "No details, came upon them while riding and making observations of the terrain. One was North-Northeast, the other was North-Northwest facing. Across the drainage from each other. Also, notice three other small avalanches on a west facing slope, about two miles east of the first two. All five were on slopes well over 30. In the centennial mountains, close to the continental on the Idaho/Montana border."

  • Riders snapped a photo of natural avalanche activity above Blue Creek in the Centennial Mountains. Photo: P Rockwell

  • A small avalanche that was triggered by riders on 02/08/2024. Photo: GNFAC

  • This avalanche was triggered by riders a few days ago. This was a small slope and broke 100' wide and 2-3' deep. Photo: GNFAC 

  • Snowmobilers in Hell Roaring Creek saw a few natural avalanches that happened in the last week. The exact date is unknown.  Photo: B. Schleicher

  • Snowmobilers in Hell Roaring Creek saw a few natural avalanches that happened in the last week. The exact date is unknown.  Photo: B. Schleicher

  • Snowmobilers in Hell Roaring Creek saw a few natural avalanches that happened in the last week. The exact date is unknown.  Photo: B. Schleicher

  • This on one of over 15 avalanches snowmobilers saw today, 01/30/2024. These avalanches likely happened on 01/29 or the morning of 01/30. Photo. N.

  • This on one of over 15 avalanches snowmobilers saw today, 01/30/2024. These avalanches likely happened on 01/29 or the morning of 01/30. Photo. N.

     

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  • A rider triggered this avalanche while side-hilling across the bottom of the slope. The rider was able to quickly turn downhill and avoid the slide. No one was caught. Photo: Anonymous

  • A rider triggered this avalanche while side-hilling across the bottom of the slope. The rider was able to quickly turn downhill and avoid the slide. No one was caught. Photo: Anonymous

  • On Sawtelle Peak, Island Park, when the clouds lifted we could see a crown of a snowmobiler triggered slide that occurred yesterday. It broke on the buried surface hoar and facets about 1.5 feet under the surface. Recent snow and wind-loading has created dangerous avalanche conditions. Photo: GNFAC

  • On Sawtelle Peak, Island Park, when the clouds lifted we could see a crown of a snowmobiler triggered slide that occurred yesterday. It broke on the buried surface hoar and facets about 1.5 feet under the surface. Recent snow and wind-loading has created dangerous avalanche conditions. Photo: GNFAC

  • On Sawtelle Peak, Island Park, when the clouds lifted we could see a crown of a snowmobiler triggered slide that occurred yesterday. It broke on the buried surface hoar and facets about 1.5 feet under the surface. Recent snow and wind-loading has created dangerous avalanche conditions. Photo: GNFAC

  • Snowpit at the Head of Hellroaring Creek on 1/7/24. Note the two stripes of surface hoar in the pit wall.

  • We measured 16" of low-density snow equaling 0.7" of snow water equivalent at higher elevations in the Centennial Mountains of Island Park, ID. The new snow is sitting on a couple of layers of feathery surface hoar and a weak snowpack. It will not take much wind, settlement, or new snow to push the snowpack to the breaking point. Photo: GNFAC

  • New snow in Island Park made for beautiful views and heightened avalanche danger as the new snow fell on a snowpack riddled with weak layers. Photo: GNFAC

  • Doug Chabot walking off Lionhead Ridge to a snowpit site.

  • We snowmobiled up to 9,000' on Sawtelle peak, then skied to dig a couple pits. Our first pit was on an East aspect on a heavily wind loaded slope. The HS was 130cm (or 4.2 feet). There was 8" of new snow equal to 0.85" SWE, sitting over old consolidated snow that made up a slab over soft, weak facets about 50cm off the ground. We had ECTP24 x2 break on the old weak snow.... Photo: GNFAC

  • We snowmobiled up to 9,000' on Sawtelle peak on 12/23/23. The snow depth at 8,800' was 3-4 feet. Photo: GNFAC

  • Riders saw large surface hoar crystals while riding outside of Island Park. Photo. B.Schleicher

     

  • From IG on 12/10: "2 slides we triggered remotely in tepee yesterday"

  • From facebook message: "North facing slope 15 miles south of west Yellowstone probably 30ish degree slope. Probably 16-18 inch slab". Photo: T. Taubman

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

  • We met up with the Fugawee Snowmobile Club, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Klim to install new beacon checkers at the trailhead in Island Park. Great work to the team! Photos: GNFAC

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Weather Forecast Island Park

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles ESE Lakeview MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. North wind around 7 mph.

    Low: 53 °F

    Mostly Clear

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm.  Sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest in the morning.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    High: 77 °F

    Sunny then
    Slight Chance
    T-storms

  • Tuesday Night

    Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the evening.

    Low: 55 °F

    Mostly Clear

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Sunny through mid morning, then becoming partly sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

    High: 79 °F

    Sunny then
    Chance
    Showers

  • Wednesday Night

    Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind around 8 mph becoming northeast after midnight.

    Low: 54 °F

    Partly Cloudy

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

    High: 79 °F

    Sunny then
    Slight Chance
    T-storms

  • Thursday Night

    Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. West northwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming north after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

    Low: 55 °F

    Slight Chance
    T-storms then
    Partly Cloudy

  • Friday

    Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

    High: 78 °F

    Sunny then
    Chance
    T-storms

  • Friday Night

    Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

    Low: 54 °F

    Partly Cloudy

The Last Word

We began daily forecasts on December 7. 130 daily forecasts and 464 reported avalanches later, we wrapped up our daily forecasting season on April 14th. Read our SEASON SUMMARY to look back at the 2023-24 avalanche forecasting season.

Thank you to everyone that sent in observations, read the advisories, took an avalanche class, or donated money, time or gear. Our success is directly related to support from the community and the Forest Service. Have a safe spring and summer!

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