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.

Friday 01/11/2019 Report Rad

Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Jan 11, 2019 - 7:24 PM
Broken top bowl
The Day Was:
Windy   Cloudy  
The Ride Was:
OK   Terrible  
The Snow Was:
Powder   Wind effected   Firm   Crusty  
We Rode:
Mellow slopes   Steep slopes   Alpine slopes  

Written Report:
Skiied from the ridge at the “2 o’clock” position down to the crook glacier. Upper elevations were uncomfortably firm but lower section skied pretty well on fast, supportable, dense snow. “3 o’clock” couloir had small avalanche debris pile at the bottom. Evidence of some small, shallow windslab natural activity on upper rim, lookers left of Pucker up.