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.

Snowpack Summary for 2/2/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Feb 4, 2018 at 7:54 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Feb 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
This weekend will be characterized by showery weather and daytime high temperatures above freezing. This warm weather and possible rain will lead to a Loose Wet avalanche problem particularly with either the aforementioned rain, or if the sun peaks through and heats southerly terrain.
Avalanche Character 1: Loose Wet
Above freezing temperatures and then rain showers and possible periods of sun will melt the snow surface. As this snow surface becomes more water and less ice, Loose Wet avalanches will occur. Look for them first on steeper terrain and emanating from mid slope rocks or cliffs.
Snowpack Discussion
Our vicious surface crust from mid week was no match for the warm temperature today. Surface snow was Very Wet and the snow was Moist below that down to 15 cm. or so below the surface. With no persistent weak layers in our snowpack all of our instabilities will be in the upper snow pack and result from melting.

Hopefully temperatures will cool off enough each night to start us into a corn cycle for next week.

The crusts in our mid and lower snow pack are still evident, but are slowly rounding.
Recent Observations
We haven't seen any major avalanche activity since our last significant storm cycle which ended last Saturday (January 27).
Mountain Weather
Weekend weather will be warm with daytime high temperatures above freezing for much of our ski terrain. There is a chance of rain and or rain/snow showers throughout the weekend. Wind is forecast to be moderate from the West.

This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted.

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