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.

Broken Top bowl and profile

Observation Date/Time:
Wed, Feb 19, 2020 - 10:30 AM
Aaron Hartz
Broken Top Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
Just north of the summer Broken Top trailhead, I dug into the snow and checked out the layering in the upper meter of snow (see profile chart below). The most recent snow appears to be bonding well with the topmost crust. Overall, the snowpack structure was looking good.

I toured into the Broken Top bowl, the snow surface was mostly old wind blown snow.
There were small cornices hanging over east facing slopes, but no signs of recent cornice breaks.
I observed blowing snow at ridgetops, the wind was shifting from west, north and SE
I observed no signs of unstable snow and no recent avalanches.


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