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 March 7 & 8

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Mar 8, 2020 at 6:44 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Mar 6, 2020 at 5:44 pm
Issued by Aaron Hartz
Bottom Line
If we receive a few inches of new snow, watch for small pockets of unstable wind loaded snow.
Avalanche Character 1: Normal Caution
Avalanche Character 2: Wind Slab
It is possible we will see a few inches of new snow Friday night into Saturday. If that happens we could see shallow windslabs on lee terrain features, primarily on easterly slopes below ridgetops and other features that catch wind transported snow. Watch for triggering windslabs in steep terrain that could knock you off of your feet. Windslab avalanches will be small.
Snowpack Discussion
The recent warm days and cooler nights have helped to consolidate the upper pack. A melt freeze crust can be found on the surface in much of the terrain. No reactive weak layers have been reported in the snowpack.
Recent Observations
No avalanches have been reported recently. Observers in the field over the last few days have reported seeing no avalanche problems.
Mountain Weather
Partly cloudy conditions with periods of sun breaks. We may see a few inches of new snow Friday night into Saturday. The wind is expected to be primarily out of the west and light with moderate gusts.

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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