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.

Tam Rim Conditions

Observation Date/Time:
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 - 4:54 PM
Elliott Reed
Tam Rim Area / 7300'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  
Sky Conditions:
Scattered (3/8 - 4/8)
Precip Type/Intensity:
Snow / S-1 Very light snow
New Snow:
5cm cm
Height of Snow (HS):
180 cm
Wind Direction/Speed:
W / Light: 1-16 mph

Written Report:
Today at Tam Rim we had good visability, light to moderate west winds, and intermittent light snow throughout the day. The air temperature stayed around 21 F and the sky condition was scattered.

We skied North-Northeast aspects near and above tree line.
We found 1-5" of unconsolidated powder on the old snow surface (crust).

While ski cutting we triggered a wind slab avalanche on a north facing slope above tree line. This was very small and isolated.

We had no results on our compression and extended column test, and we did not experience any cracking or whumpfing.

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