** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT **

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.

Observations

Ob Date/Time Title Report Type Position Reporter(s)
Tumalo West Bowl Natural Wind/Strom Slab
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, Avalanche Activity Public RadMaster Ryan
Mt. Bailey
Diamond Lake Area (Baily, Crater Lake, Thielson)
Snow Conditions, Avalanche Activity Public Jared Broadwater
Tam Rim Conditions
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Elliott Reed
Paulina conditions
Newberry Crater Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Ball Butte conditions
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Broken Top
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Phil Bowker
Broken Top / Sisters
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Public Russ
Wind Loading on Tumalo
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
North Sister
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Gabe
Broken Top
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Phil Bowker
Snowpack Observations
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Jonas
Ball Butte conditions
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Loose Dry
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions, Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Jonas
Santiam Pass
Santiam Pass Area (including Three Finger Jack)
Snow Conditions, Avalanche Activity, Caught, Buried, or Injured Person Public Morgan & Sean
Taylor Burn
Willamette Pass Area
Snow Conditions Public Jon
The Twins
Willamette Pass Area
Snow Conditions Public
Waldo Lake
Willamette Pass Area
Snow Conditions Public
Todd Ridge & Soda Peak
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Tumalo
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Phil Bowker
3/11/20 Mt Bailey
Diamond Lake Area (Baily, Crater Lake, Thielson)
Snow Conditions Public Cory
Broken Top and Ball Butte conditions
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Broken Top; surface hoar, dry loose, wind slab
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions, Avalanche Activity Public Miles Britton
Santiam Pass Conditions
Santiam Pass Area (including Three Finger Jack)
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Gabe and Nick
Bachelor Butte
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Public Powdr Corp Patriots
Broken Top
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Elliott Reed
Thu, 03/05/2020 - 14:14 Kwohl Butte conditions
Rad
Tumalo conditions
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Tam Rim Conditions
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Elliott Reed
Tumalo Full Profile
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Phil Bowker
Thu, 02/27/2020 - 09:14 Broken Top Obs
Jonas
Mt. Mcloughlin loose wet slides
Klamath Area (Pelican, McLoughlin)
Avalanche Activity Public Andrew H.
Tumalo Use and Snowpack Information
Three Sisters Area
Other COAC Staff Trevor Miller
Broken Top
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Phil Bowker
Full Profile Week 2
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Jonas
Broken Top bowl and profile
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Tumalo Bowl
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Geoff Lodge
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:45 South sister
Rad
Small slide in lower crater of Black Crater
McKenzie Pass Area (Black Crater, Belknap, Washington)
Snow Conditions, Avalanche Activity Public Caleb Bryce, Kyle Weiss
Slide in the Elk Lake burn
Other
Avalanche Activity Public Mike Abrahams
Tumalo cornice
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, Caught, Buried, or Injured Person Public Mason Lacy
Ball Butte conditions
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Fri, 02/14/2020 - 17:56 Todd lake
Rad
Ball Butte and Broken Top
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Phil Bowker
Tumalo 2/10
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Public Jim Wintermyre
Mon, 02/10/2020 - 08:57 Whitewater
Brian Bollwitt
Broken Top Bowl
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Pete Keane
Tumalo Full Profile 2/8
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Alli Miles
Snowpack Observations
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Jonas
Todd Lake
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions, No Avalanche Activity Pro Observer Phil Bowker
Wed, 02/05/2020 - 11:06 Tumalo 2/5
Alli Miles