After many long discussions, the forecasters have decided to drop the persistent slab as a problem. While field observations continue to report a very poor snowpack structure throughout the northern part of the forecast area, we have just not seen any activity on these weak faceted layers near the ground. In addition, our very thin snowpack continues to degrade throughout the pack, remaining for the most part unconsolidated and limiting the available “Slab”. From a 10,000’ view our snowpack is riddled with wide swaths of bare ground and shallow un-rideable terrain and this lack of contiguous snow coverage is greatly limiting the areas where a persistent slab avalanche might occur. This does not however mean that it is completely out of the realm of possibility for an avalanche to be triggered on these basal facets. An intrepid backcountry traveler could foreseeably find a place in our large and diverse range where the right conditions exist to trigger a consequential persistent slab avalanche, but this would be an unlikely and isolated event. Make no mistake, our weak snowpack deserves continued caution and evaluation. When in doubt, give yourself a wide safety margin, be wary of hazards that may reside above you, and use terrain choice to limit your exposure. It is very likely that a significant snowstorm, like the one predicted for early next week, will tip the balance, bring this persistent weak layer back into focus, and kick off a significant avalanche cycle.