Even though the calendar shows we are nearing the end of December, the snowpack is thin and recreation is limited to ski touring and making turns in the Red Cone Bowl and careful turns in the trees above Horseshoe Lake. The top of the Bowl is stripped from north winds. Dry settled powder can be found in north facing trees but many downed logs and rocks present route finding problems.
Widespread recreation in the backcountry will come with more snow- for now, there is insufficient snow cover and conditions do not warrant avalanche advisories.
I am making snowpack observations and will post them to the observations page.