We have been talking a lot about the thin coverage that exists throughout the forecast area and the hazards that come with it. While the shallowly buried rocks, bushes, and trees certainty pose a hazard for those sliding on snow, the shallow nature of the snowpack has also been beneficial in some ways. With such sporadic coverage throughout the range, areas with the right set of circumstances to produce a sizable persistent slab avalanche are limited. However, a significant new load of snow may awaken the beast below. This was made evident by some recent avalanche activity where the wind deposited enough snow to tip the scales and break loose on weak faceted snow near the ground. As we look towards the weekend and impending snowstorms, it will be important not to become complacent. Continue to investigate the snowpack carefully and be safe out there.