Posted February 10, 2022 9:35 pm by COAC

Visit Bend provided a $10,000 matching contribution to Central Oregon Avalanche Center in support of meeting the forecasting needs of a rapidly growing backcountry visitorship. They pledged to match every dollar raised between February 12th and 28th, up to $10,000.

And our community stepped up to meet and exceed our expectations by raising a total of $18,784!

Visit Bend’s contribution is in support of COAC’s efforts to provide 7-day-a-week avalanche forecasting for the 2022/2023 winter season, which is a much needed increase from the 4-day-a-week forecasts COAC currently provides. Winter backcountry use is on the rise, from both locals and visitors, and COAC is the sole provider of current avalanche forecasts and conditions. In order to continue to grow as a world-class backcountry recreation destination, and strengthen our ability to recreate safely in the backcountry, this increased capacity is a necessity.

COAC is extremely appreciative of the support of Visit Bend and our entire community. Opportunities like this make it feasible for our organization to increase the amount of avalanche information we can provide to the backcountry user, regardless of mechanism of travel or whether local to or visiting the avalanche terrain of Central Oregon.

Still want to donate? The matching campaign is over but every donation is still appreciated!!

Central Oregon Avalanche Center is a 501c-3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible. Our tax ID is 27-1929412.