While there was not enough of a new snow load to cause a natural avalanche cycle last week, extended column tests continue to show that buried depth hoar could still produce an avalanche. The layer continues to produce unstable results in extended column tests on low to moderate angle slopes. The basal facets and depth hoar have gained some strength on some slopes but remain weak and reactive on many others. These stability tests indicate the old weak snow layer continues to be weak and reactive, 5 days after the storm. We don’t base decisions entirely on stability tests and it’s prudent tin these current conditions to consider the snowpack structure.
We've had and still have - abnormal conditions. But the usual principles still apply-avoid steep slopes where the snowpack is more shallow, making it easier for the force of a skier or rider to reach buried weak snow. Ski one at a time, exposing only one person at a time; don't put yourself above or in terrain traps like cliffs and gullies.
And while it may look the same today as it did yesterday, the snowpack is slowly subtly changing. The cold night time temperatures are faceting near-surface layers where the snowpack is deeper, and faceting the entire snowpack where it's shallower.