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.

Tumalo 2/10

Rapid temperature rise
Observation Date/Time:
Mon, Feb 10, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Jim Wintermyre
Broken Top Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
Went out to Tumalo bowl yesterday. Mostly just wanted to put this up to say that the icefall-from-trees danger is REAL! Huge chunks were shedding off trees the whole way up. We actually wore helmets on the skin up. This is something to watch out for as the temps warm up for a few days.

Conditions in the bowl itself we pretty good. Most of it was I'd say 8-12" on top of a crust, save for some areas at the top that were scoured completed down to the crust.

Riding back down the back side wasn't as bad as I'd thought it might be, the fallen ice chunks under the trees weren't horrible and the snow was pretty creamy but not yet mashed potatoes.