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.

About Us

COAC was established in 2009 as the Central Oregon Avalanche Association as a result of an identified need for accurate snow and avalanche information and increased avalanche awareness/education in the Central Oregon vicinity. During the 2017/18 season COAC became officially recognized as a Type 2 avalanche center and in 2018/19 officially changed its name to the Central Oregon Avalanche Center (COAC)

COAC is an Oregon 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors that provides financial and general operational oversight to the following subcontracted personnel: two forecasters, two pro observers, and one developmental director. Learn more about the COAC Board. We are presently involved in:

  • Community avalanche education events.
  • Distribution of relevant mountain snow and weather data through professional observer program and bi-weekly advisory dissemination.
  • Coordination with national and regional avalanche and weather entities to identify operational shortfalls and associated enhancements to bolster and improve forecasting.
  • Provide funding to assist in purchase of relevant equipment and materials identified as best benefit to general public.
  • Organizing local for-profit entities to best serve the local community.

COAC has made huge improvements to meet the demands of our growing backcountry community. Backcountry use continues to grow in the mountains of Central Oregon and our non-profit avalanche forecasting center is working to match strides with the public’s increased need for accurate and useful weather, snowpack, and avalanche information. Through bi-weekly advisories, public outreach, and educational events, we are committed to making the backcountry a safer place.

Contact Us: Central Oregon Avalanche Center 2701 NW Scandia Loop Bend, Oregon 97701
Or via email, info@coavalanche.org