If you've spent time in the backcountry this winter, you noticed how soft and unsupportable the snowpack was until recently. Depth hoar exists at the base of the snowpack on slopes where early season snow stuck around. Above the depth hoar, there are well-developed facets that repeatedly formed during extended clear sky conditions. In addition, numerous crusts exist in the lower snowpack as a result of solar warming. Each crust is embedded between facets that developed either during crust formation or after burial.
All these weak layers are now buried under late January, Feb 7-9 and last Sunday's snowfall. Expect near surface faceting and even surface hoar formation in spots. If the weather pattern turns wet next week, future loads will create an interesting situation where near-surface instabilities could step down to the deeper persistent weak layer.