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.

How to donate

Help enhance the backcountry recreation experience by donating to the Central Oregon Avalanche Center. Your donation directly benefits the forecasters, pro observer network, avalanche scholarships, "Know Before You Go" presentations, weather station maintenance and the funding of a future forecasting improvements. Donate at least $100 and we will send you a t-shirt or hat with the COAC logo. All members receive a sticker and entry into "Fresh Tracks", our annual backcountry celebration. Membership requires an annual contribution to insure we can continue to deliver products to the Central Oregon area. 
Donations are tax deductible.

Other ways you can help!

  1. Short on funds and looking for other ways to support COAC? Contact us at info@coavalanche.org. We have plenty of opportunities.
  2. Consider adding COAC to your estate planning process.
  3. In-Kind Donations
  4. Initiate a re-occurring monthly donation.
  5. If you are a business that is interested in supporting the COAC mission and vision, please contact us at the email listed above to learn more about creating a relationship that is mutually beneficial.
  • $40 Member
    • COAC Member Sticker
  • $100 Snow Scientist
    • COAC Logo Hat or COAC Logo T-Shirt
  • $250 Ullr Snow God
    • COAC Logo Hat and T-Shirt