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.

Todd lake

Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Feb 14, 2020 - 5:56 PM
Todd lake east aspect
The Day Was:
Stormy   Cold   Windy   Warm   Sunny   Cloudy   Wet  
The Ride Was:
OK   Terrible  
The Snow Was:
Firm   Crusty  
We Rode:
Mellow slopes   Sunny slopes  

Written Report:
Spent the morning touring at Todd lake. Day started off overcast with gusting winds and misting rain/rime. Precipitation turned to frozen pellets/snow and stopped by 11:00. Mostly sunny sky by 12:30. Observed 10cm of new snow on top of old crust. New snow was dry on bottom, with a wet/crust in the middle, capped by more light snow. Ski conditions in the open sections was manageable “dust on crust”. I didn’t ski in any dense treed areas, but skinning up through it was a mixture of crusts and frozen icefall off branches.