There has been a lot of discussion about our unusually weak, thin snowpack and persistent slab problems. Although this issue has proved to be unreactive the past week and there has not been a documented persistent slab avalanche in our forecast zone since Dec 22nd, it doesn’t mean the upside down, weak structure of our thin snowpack has gone away. It’s just sitting there, on sunnier aspects potentially strengthening a bit, and in the shady dark confines continuing to show potential for slab avalanches to propagate. The main point is to not lose sight of this issue, as potentially in our near future more significant storms with increased water content will be laid upon this degraded wafer like snowpack. Future storms not only bring everybody’s wish for better riding conditions, but may also be the force to tip the scale… in that likely re-awakening of the avalanche dragons residing in our shallow and scabby Nov/Dec snowpack.