** 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.

Skier Triggered Slide

Location Name
Newberry
Region
Newberry Crater Area
Name
Anon
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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
Wind Speed
Calm
Slope
40degrees
Air temperature
Below Freezing
Aspect
North
Air temperature trend
Static
Elevation
7500ft.
Bed Surface
Old Snow
Cloud Cover
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Precipitation
Snow
Crown Height
1 ft
Accumulation rate
<1
Avalanche Length
800ft.
Terrain
Below Treeline
More detailed information about the avalanche

couple skier triggered slides initiated today, cornice cuts and ski cuts as well as rider initiated. New snow slab sliding on old snow, didnt examine interface. 10-12" crowns persistant and surprising propagation and cohesion of the slab. propagating easily. Terrain traps and being flushed over or through something largest concern.Little lower angle (under 35) skied nicely with no signs of instability.