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.

Slide in the Elk Lake burn

Recent avalanche activity
Rapid temperature rise
Observation Date/Time:
Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 10:41 AM
Mike Abrahams
Other / 5500'
Report Type:
Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  
Sky Conditions:
Sky Clear (<1/8)
New Snow:
10” in
Height of Snow (HS):
5 in

Written Report:
Fellow splitboarder Eric Murray triggered a slide on a NE aspect in the Elk Lake burn area on Sunday. We had ridden a line on the north aspect and set off some loose dry sluffs. Then we skinned up a NE face and he rode a shorter, less steep face and it slid, the face had been in the sun and warmed up quite a bit since our first line. We estimated it was about a 10” crown, 100’ wide and 400’ long. The new snow slid on last weeks ice layer. It was more of a wet, slow slide and he was able to easily outrun it. I opted for a mellower line across the valley. No one was buried and we split out of the area shortly after that

Avalanche Report

Avalanche Type:
WL - Wet loose snow
Avalanche Size (relative to path):
R2 - Small
Avalanche Size (destruction):
D2 - Could bury, injure, or kill (100m)
Avalanche Aspect:
Avalanche Slope Angle:
Avalanche Elevation:

Avalanche Report:
New snow slid on the ice layer from last weeks freezing rain storm