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.

Melt Freeze

Observation Date/Time:
Tue, Apr 30, 2019 - 8:40 PM
Tam Rim Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Sky Conditions:
Scattered (3/8 - 4/8)

Written Report:
Tam Rim has seen a melt freeze cycle for the past week. But cold temps and light NW wind have made for more freeze and less melt. Skiers have found soft corn skiing on slopes in the direct sun around mid day... these surfaces have not been warming up enough create any wet loose problems.

Even thought there is plenty of debris from wet slabs, wet loose slides and cornice falls, there has been no action for the past week. Temps will have to climb before we see wet slides return, but the cornices could fall at anytime.


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