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 3/20/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Mar 22, 2018 at 9:23 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Mar 20, 2018 at 9:23 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
The last few days have provided some beautiful skiing with little in the way of avalanche problems. The next few days will be more stormy, and with inches of snow forecast each day, expect Wind Slabs to form in the usual locations at and above treeline.
Avalanche Character 1: Wind Slab
With several inches of snow forecast each day and moderate winds from the South and West, wind slabs will build at and above treeline. Wind deposited snow can accumulate 3-5 times as deep as in sheltered areas.
Snowpack Discussion
By mid-day Sunday the snow machine turned off, leaving us up to 20 cm. of super light powder overlaying last Tuesdays rain crust. It wouldn't last forever though, and our surface conditions have become a bit more variable due to wind, sun, and the above freezing temperatures. We haven't seen any indication of any persistent weak layers in our current snowpack.
Recent Observations
There were reports of a few D1 Wind Slabs on Sunday, but since then I haven't heard any reports of any avalanche activity.
Mountain Weather
Several low pressure systems will impact Central OR during the next few days. This will bring wetter weather with inches of snow forecast each day. Unfortunately it will also be warm with snow levels hovering near or slightly above trail-head elevations. Winds will be from the South and West. Things will cool off on Thursday.

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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