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′     07/24 at 08:00
72℉
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

Red Flag Warning July 24, 12:00pm until July 24, 09:00pmClick here for hazard details and duration Red Flag Warning
  • Today

    Today: A slight chance of thunderstorms after 4pm.  Widespread haze. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    High: 81 °F

    Haze then
    Slight Chance
    T-storms

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a slight chance of showers.  Widespread haze between 1am and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    Low: 59 °F

    Chance
    T-storms

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

    High: 76 °F

    Partly Sunny
    then Showers
    Likely

  • Thursday Night

    Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 12 to 17 mph becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Low: 55 °F

    Chance
    T-storms then
    Slight Chance
    T-storms

  • Friday

    Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 12 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.

    High: 73 °F

    Chance
    Showers then
    Chance
    T-storms

  • Friday Night

    Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

    Low: 50 °F

    Slight Chance
    T-storms then
    Partly Cloudy

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North northeast wind 6 to 14 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

    High: 70 °F

    Mostly Sunny
    then Chance
    T-storms

  • Saturday Night

    Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

    Low: 48 °F

    Chance
    T-storms then
    Partly Cloudy

  • Sunday

    Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

    High: 70 °F

    Mostly Sunny
    then Chance
    T-storms

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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