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 3/11/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Mar 12, 2018 at 5:43 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Mar 11, 2018 at 5:43 am
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
Warmer, sunny weather should make for a beautiful day in the mountains, but could also produce Loose Wet avalanches on steep sunny slopes.
Avalanche Character 1: Loose Wet
Snowpack Discussion
Phil reported a little surface melting yesterday on more southern slopes that produced a thin crust as it refroze by the end of the day. This is probably not dissimilar from last weeks snow surface conditions. Beneath that, our upper and mid snow pack can be easily defined by the remnants of our last big storm cycles. Disintegrating fragments transition to rounds and increase in hardness with depth. We have no evidence of any persistent weak layers in our snow pack.
Recent Observations
No recent avalanche observations.
Mountain Weather
High pressure should be the predominant theme Sunday and into Monday. We'll have mostly clear skies and high temperatures above freezing.

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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