Current Avalanche Advisory

Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Victor McNeil
Updated: 5 days ago (Thu, Dec 7)
BOTTOM LINE: The greatest concern to backcountry travelers will continue to be injuring yourself or your gear due to lack of snow coverage. At most locations there's very little snow at 7,000' and below. You're likely to find 2' of snow on N-NE-E aspects above 8,000', but getting to and from this elevation is treacherous. With temperatures forecasted into the low 40's for the next week in the mountains, exp...    Read more

WAC News

Fall Update 2017

by Victor McNeil
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 19:05

As fall transitions to early winter in NE Oregon, the Wallowa Avalanche Center has been busy preparing for another La Nina winter.  We are gearing up to begin our weekly avalanche advisories, which will likely start the last week of November.  The format for the advisories will be very similar to last season, with the exciting addition of TWO advisories per week in January and February.  Advisories will cover the Blue Mountains, Elkhorns and Northern and Southern Wallowas.


Last spring, board member and forecaster Michael Hatch conducted a survey to determine the effectiveness of the WAC and areas for improvement.  We received survey results from nearly 80 individuals and gleaned some useful information.  Some of the major take homes included; users would like ... Read more


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