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 5/1/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON May 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on May 1, 2018 at 5:35 am
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
April is the last month with regular Professional Observations and Snowpack Summaries. With new roads and trail-heads opening up skiing is far from over and folks will be heading into the alpine more often. Avalanches still occur in the spring months. I'm sure there will continue to be observations posted to the site, so still check in or utilize our "short form" to easily post conditions or recent avalanche activity. Thanks to everyone for a great winter season!
Snowpack Discussion
Spring in the central OR mountains is typified by warm sunny days, windy wet storms and a little of everything in between. With no persistent weak layers in our snowpack, our avalanche types will be typified by the direct action avalanches that this weather generates. Those warm sunny days melt the snow and lead to Loose Wet avalanches. Similarly spring storms can drop enough snow that wind slabs can again become a problem. I tend to give Cornices plenty of space this time of year.

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.

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