As of March 30th, COAC has suspended backcountry avalanche advisories and pro observations until further notice.

On March 23rd, Governor Brown of Oregon issued Stay at Home orders for the public regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The directives are clear in that “to the maximum extent possible, individuals stay at home or in their place of residence.” On March 27th the Deschutes National Forest issued a closure of all developed recreation sites including trailheads and snoparks. COAC is committed to supporting our community, local emergency services, and agency partners and because of this we felt it important to cease operations as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.   

This decision was not taken lightly. Aside from the need to maintain congruency with the Governors' orders, there are inherent risks with backcountry activities in alpine environments and it’s important to consider unnecessary exposure to COAC forecasters, first responders, and local medical staff in light of the current situation.

We look forward to getting back into the mountains and providing you all with the tools to recreate safely in the backcountry. Until then we thank you for your continued support and wish all our mountain community the best of health and wellness.

Avalanche Advisory for 11/3/2019

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Dec 1, 2019 at 9:33 am
Avalanche Advisory published on Nov 3, 2019 at 9:33 am
Issued by Aaron Hartz
Bottom Line
COAC operations will officially start for the 2019/20 season during the first week of December. As we move through November toward winter, hopefully the early season storms start delivering the goods. I often here people ask - "Do I need to use avy gear when it is so early in the season? " The answer is yes! Anytime you are traveling on snow in and around avalanche terrain, you and each person in your crew should be rolling with a beacon, shovel, and probe. Even small early season avalanches can have big consequences because of shallow and exposed rocks and logs. Watch for signs of unstable snow such as recent avalanches. When in doubt, stay on slopes that are less than 30 degrees steep.
Avalanche Character 1: Normal Caution
Snowpack Discussion
If the snow is deep enough to ride, it is deep enough to slide.

This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted.

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