** 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.

Observed activity from last storm, Mt McLoughlin

Location Name
McLoughlin NE Bowl and N Face
Region
Klamath Area (Pelican, McLoughlin)
Name
Peter Carse
Email Address
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Position
Public
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown)
Red Flags
Obvious avalanche path
Avalanche Type
Loose/Point-Release
Trigger type
Natural
Wind Speed
Light
Slope
38degrees
Wind Direction
North
Air temperature
Above Freezing
Aspect
East
Air temperature trend
Warming
Elevation
8800ft.
Bed Surface
Old Snow
Cloud Cover
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Weak Layer
Storm Snow
Avalanche Length
1000ft.
Terrain
Near Treeline
Number of similar avalanches
4
More detailed information about the avalanche

  Estimate 4-6 inches of new snow fell on May 18-19 (0.55" rain in Ashland); then this layer slid as several point releases on NE and N faces when weather rewarmed May 20. Solid perfect corn snow by 9AM May 24