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.

A little more Please!

Observation Date/Time:
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 - 2:45 PM
Three Sisters Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
I toured around Todd Lake and took a single run from Todd Ridge. While it was very pleasant and wintry out, there still isn't very much snow on the ground. There is 40 cm. of snow in open areas (see picture!). Skiing on shadier pitches was really very fun and soft, but that same softness means your boards are just inches above the ground. I definitely hit some rocks. Sunnier slopes were getting a bit moist.

I didn't see any evidence of any avalanche problems on the East facing slopes I toured on. The current snow-pack I saw was right-side-up, despite the colder temps toward the end of last week.

I think I'll stick to xc skiing til we get a little more snow on the ground. It is beautiful out there!

At the back of Todd Lk. at noon it was: Clear, Calm and 0 C. There was 40 cm. of snow. My boot pen was 36 cm. and my ski pen was 15 cm.


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