** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT **

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.

South Bowl

Location Name
Mt Bailey
Region
Diamond Lake Area (Baily, Crater Lake, Thielson)
Name
Ben Gordon
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Position
Public
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown)
Red Flags
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Avalanche Type
Slab
Trigger type
Skier
Slope
30degrees
Aspect
Southwest
Elevation
7000ft.
Weak Layer
Storm Snow
Crown Height
2 ft
Avalanche Width
150ft.
Avalanche Length
400ft.
Terrain
Above Treeline
Number of people caught
2
Number of partial burials
2
Number of full burials
0
More detailed information about the avalanche

The avy was human triggered. Three skiers were involved, two partial burials, no injuries sustained. We were skinning across an open slope (treeless for 400 vertical feet, and 300 perpendicular feet) of approximately 30 degrees when the entire slope released. The crown was ten or so feet above us- just below a rock band-it was 50 yards wide and released a debris field of softball sized snow chunks.