While the minimal amounts of fresh snow were not enough to change the overall stability, it has brought about a new set of considerations for backcountry travelers. Prior to this storm surface conditions were extremely variable. Wind etched sastrugi and wide swaths of bare ground dominate much of the alpine while many areas below treeline present the backcountry enthusiast with a plethora of obstacles and a variety of challenging melt-freeze crusts. Some more exposed and shaded areas that have held slidable snow before this storm presented a very hard and slick surface. Even a small and shallow pocket of unstable snow in these areas might be enough to knock you off your feet and lead to a nasty fall through unpleasant terrain. Furthermore, a fresh coat of thin snow will now be hiding previously visible obstacles from view, while not providing enough cover to avoid hitting them. It will be important to remain vigilant and consider your exposure to this wide range of obstacles as you travel in the backcountry today.