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.


Observation Date/Time:
Mon, Feb 10, 2020 - 8:57 AM
Brian Bollwitt
Mt Jefferson
The Day Was:
Warm   Sunny  
The Ride Was:
The Snow Was:
Powder   Wind effected   Wet  
We Rode:
Open trees  
We Stayed Away From:
Sunny slopes  

Written Report:
We drove up Whitewater a couple miles and found over a hundred trees over the road. Once over and under that mess we were able to tour up to near Jefferson Park. Long day of warm wet snow up to 5000. Once above that elevation we were able to enjoy North facing slopes with high quality snow found away from the ridge tops. The ridges had wind slabs but the switch in wind direction to out of the east even came to a complete stop for wonderfully calm conditions by mid day.