What, no mention of the loose rotten faceted snow sandwiched between crusts?! While this weak structure can still be found in many areas throughout the range where a shallower snowpack exists, the chances of an actual slope failure leading to an avalanche is miniscule. Our increased amount of observations across our wide range throughout this past week has increased our confidence to remove this as a potential problem. There are still plenty of places that a snow-pit can be dug to find propagating test results, but the reality of the discontinuous structure across slopes, the lack of contiguous overlying slabs, and dare I say the self-supporting nature of the thicker crusts we have been seeing, make an actual avalanche very unlikely. But we can never say that avalanches are impossible! An isolated unsupported slope (such as above a cliff) where an overlying slab lies ontop of just the right structure would be a place to consider avoiding. As always, it’s important to do your own localized assessments, adjust your travel accordingly, and practice safe protocols such as exposing one person at a time. When (fingers crossed sooner than later!) we actually get a big dump of snow, don’t be surprised to see these weak layer concerns re-emerge. Please help us by continuing to monitor them and submitting your observations :-).