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.

Advisory for December 4 and 5, 2019

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Dec 5, 2019 at 8:07 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Dec 3, 2019 at 8:07 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
The snow isn't very deep and you're more likely to get hurt by hitting buried obstacles like rocks, logs, and snow sharks then you are by an avalanche. While unstable snow may exist on isolated terrain features, avalanches are unlikely and would be small due to the limited snow depth.
Snowpack Discussion
Shallow! I was finding 40 cm. at Todd Ridge. Going higher doesn't improve things as Aaron was finding 30 cm. at Moon Mt. The last few days have been warm and sunny, and any snow that isn't completely shaded has likely gotten moist during the day and been refreezing at night. At higher elevations where the new snow from the week of Thanksgiving is sitting on an older crust, Aaron was able to find faceted snow above and below this crust (check out his obsrervation from Moon Mt. There's no evidence of this at lower elevations.
Recent Observations
There have been no observations of avalanche activity.
Mountain Weather
The next two days will be partly to mostly cloudy. We may see some patchy freezing fog form overnight (as we have the last few days), but that will hopefully clear out by late morning. Expect a continuation of the temperatures we've seen yesterday and today. Overnight lows should be cold enough to allow for a refreeze and daytime high temperatures will reach into the upper 30's. The wind will be light from the South and West.

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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