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 Use and Snowpack Information

Observation Date/Time:
Mon, Feb 24, 2020 - 7:28 AM
Trevor Miller
Three Sisters Area
Report Type:

Written Report:
While an important discussion, please retain the COAC observation board for avalanche and snowpack observation reporting.

The morale of the story is as backcountry users we should be aware of our surroundings and potential mechanisms that may influence exposure. It should be no surprise to any user in our most popular areas that one may encounter persons pretty much anywhere and on all sorts of travel mechanisms.
With that, all backcountry users are responsible for doing their best to insure not exposing persons below you as well as understanding what may be above you when managing terrain and travel routes.
Posted here is the USFS map surrounding motorized and non-motorized areas on Tumalo. A line on a map is sometimes difficult to discern when on the ground so the obvious is all riders should be aware of potential interactions with all riders and consider each other’s safety as we all enjoy our backcountry terrain.