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.

Avalanche Observations from Broken Top

Location Name
Broken Top Bowl
Broken Top Area
Pete Keane
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Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown)
Red Flags
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Rapid warming
Obvious avalanche path
Avalanche Type
Trigger type
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Air temperature
Above Freezing
Air temperature trend
Bed Surface
Storm Snow
Cloud Cover
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Weak Layer
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Crown Height
2 ft
Above Treeline
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 We toured into Broken Top bowl today. We were surprised to see many natural avalanches left over from Sunday, 12/21. On the SE/E aspects, we noted wind slab avalanches on Ball Butte (D1), the East Bowl off of the SE Ridge of Broken Top (D2.5), and the impressive Pucker Up (D3). Pucker Up seems to be a repeat performer, but on the other runs I had never seen avalanches before.Even more interesting was the slab avalanches on W/SW aspects down low in the bowl. There was a significant D2 that came out of the lower part of A la Mode, and other SW faces as well. The debris from both sides of the bowl intersected down low. There was an impressive amount of debris that flowed down very low angle terrain.We stuck to conservative terrain on S and SW facing slopes that had solar input. This provided great corn skiing in late December!