Pleasant weather and a fresh blanket of new snow have brought a welcome change to the range. While surface conditions have largely improved, many hazards remain. Don’t be afraid to dig in to investigate how the old snow is adjusting to the new load. While current concerns are limited to the surface snow, much of the lower snowpack is comprised of old crust layers and weak faceted snow. It remains to be seen if this poor structure will become problematic in the future. In addition to elevated avalanche conditions today, it is prudent to remember that we are still dealing with a thin snowpack. Be on the lookout for shallowly buried rocks and trees, and move cautiously through the terrain.