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 March 4 & 5

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Mar 5, 2020 at 8:10 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Mar 3, 2020 at 8:10 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
Similar to last Wednesday and Thursday any avalanches will be the result of daytime warming. Avalanche activity is most likely later in the day and on the warmest and sunniest slopes. Use aspect and timing to find skiing that is both soft and safe.
Avalanche Character 1: Loose Wet
Loose Wet Avalanches are point release avalanches that occur as sun and warm temperature melt the snow surface. The problem is generally most prevalent on steep sunny slopes. Watch for terrain traps where even a relatively small slide could have bigger consequences.
Snowpack Discussion
This week is really a repeat of last week. Last weekend's colder, soft snow is a distant memory on all but the most northerly slopes. For the most part slopes have been melting each day and refreezing overnight. We have no persistent weak layers buried in our snow pack.
Recent Observations
There have been no observations of recent avalanche activity.
Mountain Weather
There may be some very light overnight precipitation in the northern part of our zone. Otherwise our region will be dominated by high pressure for the next two days. Daytime high temperatures will be well above freezing and overnight lows will dip back into the 20's F. Both Wednesday and Thursday should be sunny. The wind will be from the West and South-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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