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 2/13/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Feb 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Feb 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm
Issued by Aaron Hartz
Bottom Line
Currently, we are dealing with a fairly stable snowpack in Central Oregon. Any avalanche activity over the next few days will most likely be associated with wind transported snow. Every powder hungry skier and snowboarder in Central O is anticipating the whopping 3-5 inches we might get over the next 24 hours. Although that is not enough to make significant storm slabs, it is enough to make significant wind slabs.
Avalanche Character 1: Wind Slab
Wind slabs will mostly be shallow and spotty. However, watch for isolated pockets where the terrain collects blowing snow and allows wind slabs to build up. Watch for wind slabs forming on east facing slopes near and above treeline, especially if we get more than a few inches of snow.
Snowpack Discussion
Overall, the snowpack in central Oregon is strong. Some weak layers can be found in the upper pack in isolated terrain, but no significant/widespread weak layers have been reported.
Recent Observations
Old loose wet avalanches have been visible in the Broken Top bowl. Today, a previous natural wind slab (small; D1) was spotted on a SE slope at around 7700ft on Ball Butte.
Mountain Weather
Daytime high air temperatures will be trending cooler over the next few days. Watch for new snow in the realm of 3-5" over the next 24 hours. Westerly winds are expected in the 10-20mph range.

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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