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 2/9/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Feb 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Feb 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
Cooling temperatures over the weekend will reduce the likelihood of Loose wet avalanches. We may get a little new snow on Sunday but it shouldn't be enough to create any significant new avalanche problems.
Avalanche Character 1: Normal Caution
Snowpack Discussion
Our current snow pack can be characterized as pretty hard. Sunny slopes have been melting just enough to provide some nice skiing. Our entire snow pack consists of melt-forms, rounds and occasionally some ice layers. Tests from today at 7200 ft. on Tumalo all produced no failures.
Recent Observations
There haven't been any reports of avalanche activity during the latter half of the week with the exception of Jonas' report of a Cornice failure at Tam Rim.
Mountain Weather
The weekend will be cooler. A low pressure system will move across the mountains on Sunday, but isn't likely to leave us with more than an inch or two at best.

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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