** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT **

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.

Wind/Storm Slabs

RED FLAGS
Recent avalanche activity
Observation Date/Time:
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 - 9:42 PM
Reporter(s):
Jonas
Location/Elevation:
Tam Rim Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
Nearly 20" of snow in the past 24hrs with moderate SW winds. Another party skier triggered R2/D1 on North facing terrain at 7200'. And I easily to ski cut similar wind/storm slabs on NW and NE slopes. All with about 8" crowns. As snow keeps falling the loads/slabs will increase.

Jonas

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