Took a hike to check out snow levels, conditions, and general amounts prior to the oncoming storms this week. Snow starts at around the 7000’ elevation, but only on the most shady aspects. On any aspects that faces the sun, snow has melted/burned off to bare ground. Generally speaking snow amounts are low, 2 inches at 7000’ to a 12 inches in the shadiest aspects at 8000’. There are snow runnels from all the rain, a thick supportive crust, and generally “spring-like” snow surfaces. I would not call the snow usable at this time. I was excited to see the snow NOT faceting, and in general will support our seasons snowpack once it comes. That being said, a crust on the surface could be problematic moving forward in those dark steep north facing aspects. Do your snow dances and stay patient everyone!