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.

Know Before You Go Program

The "Know Before You Go" avalanche education program was developed and provided to the Central Oregon Avalanche Association by the Utah Avalanche Center.  This is a free basic avalanche awareness program and not a replacement for taking an avalanche class taught by certified avalanche professionals.

The program is designed as a 60-90 minute program in three parts:

  1. A 15-30 minute narrated video, showing avalanches, people triggering avalanches, and the destructive power of avalanches.
  2. A 15-30 minute presentation about the basics of how to recognize avalanche terrain, recognize obvious signs of instability, safe travel practices, the basics of avalanche rescue equipment and self-rescue procedures, and where to obtain information about current avalanche conditions.
  3. A 15-30 minute discussion covering local factors, group Q&A, and product testing.

East Side Schedule:  

All presentations start at 6PM at Immersion Brewing unless otherwise noted.
Nov 2 at Pro Caliber Bend 2-3pm
Nov 19 presented by SheJumps
Dec 3
Jan 7
Feb 4
Mar 3

West Side Schedule:  

Jan. 8th Salem Summit, 240 Commercial St NE, Salem, OR 97301
503-990-7304 6:30-8:00 pm

Jan. 14th Oregon Nordic Club Willamette Chapter, Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE, Salem, OR 97301
7-8:30 pm

Jan.15th Bergs Ski Shop 367 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
541-683-1300 6:00-7:30 pm

Jan. 23rd. Western Oregon University , at the Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center, 330 Jackson St W, Monmouth, OR 97361
503-838-9530 5:00-6:30pm

Feb. 19th Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club, at Pietro’s Pizza 1637 Hawthorne Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301
Maria Sammons president@mtjefferson.org 5:30 -7pm.

If you are part of an organization that has interest in hosting the "Know Before You Go" program, please email us at info@coavalanche.org.