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.

3/11/20 Mt Bailey

Rapid temperature rise
Observation Date/Time:
Wed, Mar 11, 2020 - 9:41 AM
Diamond Lake Area (Baily, Crater Lake, Thielson)
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
Two of us had a nice long day at Bailey on Wednesday. Snow coverage was good at the snopark, and things were firm at 8AM. By 11AM direct south facing slopes were getting pretty warm, though we didn't see any new roller balls. We summited right around noon and saw a lot of point release evidence in steep terrain below the rock pinnacles, likely from the previous day. Winds were moderate from the west up top, but barely noticeable throughout the rest of the terrain we traveled.

Ski quality was very good from the summit into avalanche bowl. It felt like a May day up there. Skating out on the cat track was smooth and buttery.