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 4/28/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Apr 30, 2018 at 5:32 am
Avalanche Advisory published on Apr 28, 2018 at 5:32 am
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
Cooling temperatures and snow showers will dramatically decrease the Loose Wet avalanche problem that we've had during last week.
Avalanche Character 1: Normal Caution
While I haven't forecast any avalanche problems that doesn't mean you won't be able to find some limited instabilities. Cornices are weakening this time of year, and many will fall off soon. If we do see an inch or two accumulation from these snow showers, you'll be able to find very shallow wind slabs on East aspects.
Snowpack Discussion
An overnight freeze Friday night will have created a melt-freeze crust over much of the terrain. Any potential avalanche problems are confined to the upper snow-pack as we have no persistent weak layers present in our snow-pack.
Recent Observations
Last week was mostly warm and sunny. Friday brought a bit of rain and mist to the mountains. There were reports of Loose Wet avalanches up to size 2 and Cornice failures.
Mountain Weather
This weekend will be cooler with snow showers. Expect accumulations to be less than a few inches, with some models showing only a trace of new snow. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30's F with overnight lows dipping below freezing. The wind will be from the West.

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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