Current Avalanche Advisory

Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Chris Edwards
Updated: 3 days ago (Sat, Jan 20)
BOTTOM LINE: With new storm totals on Thursday around 7-10" across the region accompanied by strong winds, especially in the northern Wallowas and the Elkhorns, wind slabs have formed on ridge tops north, northeast, and east aspects. Natural avalanches are unlikely but human triggered are possible, evaluate snow and terrain carefully, identify features of concern. The persistent weak layer from the December dr...    Read more

WAC News

Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival Jan. 19-21st

by Victor McNeil
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 09:06

Hello friends, the annual Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival kicks off today, Friday the 19th. We’ll start things off at the Gilbert Center at the EOU Campus, with doors opening at 6:30 and the new TGR flick Rogue Elements will start at 7pm. The event is being sponsored by EOU Outdoor Adventure Program, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort and the Wallowa Avalanche Center and runs through the 21st. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for students and $15 otherwise, kids under 8 are Free. Micro brews from Side A will be available for purchase as well as raffle tickets for great prizes.

This year we have a BCA Float Airbag, Dynafit Bindings, Beacon, Shovel, Probe rescue package from BCA, Wallowas Scenic Flight, Outdoor Gear from Blue Mountain Outfitters, A-Lakes lift tickets, Da... Read more

6th Annual Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival, Jan.19-21st

The annual Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival is taking place at locations in La Grande and Anthony Lakes, Jan.19-21st, 2018. The event is being sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, and Wallowa Avalanche Center. Activities will kick-off at the Gilbert Center on the EOU campus with the new TGR film, Rogue Elements at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19th. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Safe backcountry travel requires preparation, planning, and experience. This website provides you some planning tools, but does not attempt to provide you with all the information required. If you travel in the winter backcountry, we strongly urge you to consider advanced education. Please see our education page for information on local opportunities.