1-2” of light snow fell Sunday night, and 2-3” of new snow fell Christmas night with dramatically higher amounts in June and north due to upslope lake effects (1.5ft plus!). Before that, 5-9” of new snow fell on the night of Dec 22nd. Throughout the past week and a half winds have been shifting back and forth around the compass from light to gale force, redistributing snow back and forth in exposed areas. Cornices have formed, been broken down, and re-formed on both sides of ridges. All this back and forth snow movement has left little soft snow in exposed areas for today’s higher winds to transport. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for small new deposits to form!
At lower elevations and in sheltered terrain plenty of soft snow still exists. But keep in mind that the snowpack is shallow in many areas, and while the riding can be great, hidden obstacles abound.