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.


Oregon Ski Guides

Courses Offered: Avalanche Awareness, Level 1, Level 2
Area: Bend-Sisters-LaPine & Mt. Hood-Portland


Central Oregon Community College

Courses Offered: TBD
Area: Bend-Sisters-LaPine


Three Sisters Backcountry Access

Courses Offered: Avalanche Awareness, Level 1, Level 2
Area: Bend-Sisters-LaPine


Online Resources and Reading:

  • A Dozen More Turns: An eye opening and informative documentary (this is why we do what we do).
  • Avalanche, A Life Saved: Hey SLEDDERS an eye opening and informative documentary for you (this is also why we do what we do).
  • Avalanche.org: Quick links to all our national forecasting pages as well as numerous other resources. Great information source for national information.
  • Interactive Avalanche Safety Tutorial: A quick refresher or introduction to traveling safely in avalanche terrain.
  • National Avalanche Center: A great resource full of tutorials and information.
  • AIARE Resources: Numerous technical artical, video, and tutorial links.
  • Backcountry Access: A good resource for companion rescue information. Click here to read more about our beacon park.


Know Before You Go Program

The "Know Before You Go" avalanche education program was developed and provided to the Central Oregon Avalanche Center by the Utah Avalanche Center. This is a free basic avalanche awareness program and not a replacement for taking an avalanche class taught by certified avalanche professionals. Read more

Mt. Bachelor's BCA Beacon Training Park

For the 2019-2020 season, the status of the Mt. Bachelor and the National Ski Patrol Beacon Training Park courtesy of Backcountry Access is still to be determined. Read more