Avalanche Information for West Central Montana

Get Ready!

Temperatures are cool, colors are vibrant and snow is visible in the higher mountains.  It’s time to start tuning up your sleds, skis, boards, snowshoes and checking your avalanche gear to be certain it is in working order.

This is also a good time to get signed up for our Level 1 Avalanche class offerings and to check out the other programs available in our area.  Our Education and Events page has the most up-to-date listing of scheduled classes and we are adding more as the season approaches.

It looks like another epic winter is on the way so get ready!


This information is the sole responsibility of the Forest Service and does not apply to operating ski areas. The avalanche danger rating expires at midnight tonight but you can use the information we provide to help you make more informed decisions regarding travel in avalanche terrain for the next few days.

Our advisory area includes the Bitterroot Mountains from Lost Trail Pass North to Hoodoo Pass, the Rattlesnake Mountains and the Southern Swan and Mission Mountains near Seeley Lake. Avalanche information for the Lookout Pass/St. Regis Basin is available from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center.