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 Ridge Conditions

Observation Date/Time:
Wed, Mar 27, 2019 - 12:41 PM
Three Sisters Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
Groundhog Day? A day of sun, then a little snow... that's been the story of the last few days. A couple of inches (6 cm.) of new snow over yesterdays crust. The skiing was good where you could find smooth snow and no old tracks. I didn't see any signs of current avalanche problems along my tour (below treeline). It snowed lightly during the morning and then there were some sun breaks after noon that ruined the skiing on south slopes. It was at or slightly above freezing throughout my tour and generally calm with only an occasional light breeze from the south-west.

I dug a test profile on a north facing slope at 6520 ft. While I was able to find the buried surface hoar 65 cm. below the surface, it was not particularly reactive in this spot (CTH RP, and CTN). A shovel tilt tests failed beneath the uppermost crust down 20 cm., but there did not appear to be any persistent weak layers involved, (in the compression tests this had a fracture character of progressive compression).

On the ridge between Todd Lake and Soday Creek at 11:20, 6,540 ft.
The sky was overcast and it was snowing lightly
Temperature was 0 C
Wind was Calm with Light gusts from the south west and blowing snow was none
There was 6 cm. of new snow and boot pen. was 15 cm.

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