Since our good start at the beginning of December and a few exciting days (12/8-12/10) with sensitive wind slabs being triggered in the alpine, conditions have become fairly monotonous and un-exciting in relation to avalanche activity the past 2 weeks. Most of the N-NE alpine terrain right now is scoured and stripped from our lengthy dose of northerly winds, and the sunnier aspects of W and S just have yet to build up much snowpack. In general, the snowpack is stable as observed in accessible terrain, and no natural avalanches or human triggered avalanches have occurred for some time. There has not been any glaring or surprising results with stability tests in the forecast area and overall snow depths are wavering on the thin side. There are wide spread residing conditions to keep track of with faceting snow layers, windboard deposits, and recent surface hoar development (see 12/28 mammoth bowl obs), but nothing of major concern at the present time. Deepest snow total measurements have been taken on the east side of the Mammoth crest at 120-160cm. Most other mid to upper non-wind loaded slopes average 60-90cm of snow and the lower elevations are struggling at 15-30cm. We should be thankful that we have had extended periods of fairly cold weather to preserve what snow we've got thus far this season. In the hope of future snow storms and better conditions, it’s a good time to hone the backcountry skills, get the gear spruced up and head out with friends for a little Avalanche Transceiver practice.