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 Obs

Observation Date/Time:
Thu, Feb 27, 2020 - 9:14 AM
Broken Top
The Day Was:
Warm   Sunny  
The Ride Was:
The Snow Was:
Firm   Wet   Crusty  
We observed the following "red flag" avalanche conditions:
Rapid temperature rise to freezing or above, or melting snow surface  
We Rode:
Mellow slopes   Steep slopes   Alpine slopes   Convex slopes   Sunny slopes  

Written Report:
Inside crater of Broken Top was like an oven. Temps reached 40F between 12-2pm. Zero wind. Sunny slopes were soft... almost too soft. Boot steps were 10cm deep, but on occasion sunk to boot tops. We skied steep sunny slopes at mid day. Things were on the verge of loose wet surface slides, but never reached that point. There were no roller balls, no natural loose wet slides and nothing went on ski cuts.