** 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.

Mt Washington Avy

Location Name
Mt Washington
Region
McKenzie Pass Area (Black Crater, Belknap, Washington)
Name
josh
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Position
Public
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown)
Red Flags
Rapid warming
Avalanche Type
Slab
Trigger type
Natural
Aspect
Northeast
Avalanche Width
1000ft.
Avalanche Length
1000ft.
More detailed information about the avalanche

Seen from afar, occurred sometime before noon Feb 26, possibly during warmth of Sunday Feb 24? No indicators could be seen as to entry tracks, most likely natural release.estimated 1000-2000 feet across, 1000 foot run. Crown depth unknown.