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.

Mt. Bailey

Recent avalanche activity
Observation Date/Time:
Thu, Mar 26, 2020 - 11:24 AM
Jared Broadwater
Diamond Lake Area (Baily, Crater Lake, Thielson) / 7000'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Sky Conditions:
Sky Clear (<1/8)
Precip Type/Intensity:
No Precipitation
New Snow:
36 in
Height of Snow (HS):
190 in

Written Report:
Mid-Day Settling on Sun facing slopes. Cold Dry Snow approx. 24-36 inches throughout 6000'-8000' on top of Very firm snow that consisted of Approximately a 0.25" Sun Crust. HEAVY Wind loading on Leeward Slopes. More than 7' witnessed. Sluffing Avalanche Activity Witnessed. Very loose snow.