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 3/30/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Apr 1, 2018 at 8:18 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Mar 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
Spring weather has brought us good corn skiing as well as the potential for Loose Wet avalanches as the snow surface heats up each day. This pattern is likely to continue as long as daytime temperatures are above freezing and the sun is out.
Avalanche Character 1: Loose Wet
Timing and aspect mean everything when it comes to avoiding Loose Wet avalanches (and skiing the best corn snow). Ski the sunniest terrain earlier in the day before the wet snow gets deep enough to be a problem.
Snowpack Discussion
We've been in a melt freeze cycle that means that we've had some good corn skiing and the surface refreezes each night. The soft snow beneath has been growing more supportable each day. We have no persistent weak layers in our snow pack (see Phil's snow profile from today).
Recent Observations
While there have been no reports of any avalanche activity, I would expect that there were Loose Wet avalanches especially on steep sunny slopes.
Mountain Weather
Saturday looks to be pretty similar to today: warm and partly cloudy. The weather will cool a bit on Sunday (daytime high temps. still above freezing), and we may see some showery weather. Winds are forecast to be consistently from the West and may increase with the colder air that will arrive on Sunday.

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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