A fresh blanket of new snow has brought a welcome change to the range. While surface conditions have largely improved, many hazards remain. A variety of hard, slick snow surfaces before this most recent storm will make it hard for the new snow to bond with the old. Don’t be afraid to dig in to investigate how the old snow is adjusting to the new load. Current avalanche concerns are limited to the surface snow; however, it's important to remember that much of the lower snowpack is comprised of old crusts 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. While the promise of fresh snow and beautiful weather is enticing, our first significant snowfall in almost two months is actively hiding many obstacles just below the surface. Remember that before this storm, contiguous panels of slidable snow were fleeting, particularly on solar aspects and at lower elevations. Be on the lookout for shallowly buried rocks and trees and move cautiously through the terrain.