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.

Mt. Jefferson West side

Observation Date/Time:
Mon, Apr 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM
Mt. Jefferson Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  

Written Report:
I climbed the West Rib of Mt Jefferson this past weekend. There was massive avalanche debris from both Loose Wet avalanches and one large slab avalanche (NW side of the rib @ approx. 7000 ft.) that likely occurred during the cycle just over a week ago. It was abnormally cold and clear Sunday and although the snow was softening nicely by mid-afternoon we didn't see any avalanche activity on the west slopes. Ski conditions would be great with smooth surfaces and great corn above 6500 ft., although all the gully features and big drainages are choked with debris.

The south, west, and north sides of the summit period are entirely encased in rime.

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