The avalanche danger has elevated to Considerable (level3) in the Steamboat and Flat Tops zone but should include areas around Cameron Pass as well. Accumulations of up to 10 inches of new snow will increase the likelihood for you to trigger and get caught in an avalanche today. In many areas across the northern mountains the new snow has fallen on a mixed bag of weak snow surfaces.
The more serious concern is that a small avalanche may have enough mass to trigger the more deeply buried weak layers. These avalanches are now breaking 4 to 5 feet deep. Even without a small avalanche in the surface snow, you can trigger one of these Persistent Slab avalanches all by yourself if you find the wrong spot. These are localized shallow spots in the snowpack, like along slab margins, and in rocky areas. avoid these and reduce your risk.
Ongoing reports of weak snow and human-triggered avalanches are clear evidence of these looming problems. Observers reported collapsing in the Winter Park and Byers Peak areas of the Front Range. In the Butler Gulch area, observers reported ECT's failing upon isolation on near-treeline east-facing terrain. Over in East Vail, a skier triggered this slide on steep northeast facing slope on Monday. And up in Steamboat, were getting reports of collapsing and worrisome snowpack results.
That's pretty solid and widespread evidence that the threat of triggering a large and destructive avalanche breaking on persistent weak layers buried by mid to late November snowfall is alive and well.
For the near future north and east-facing terrain is most dangerous. Stiffer, thicker, and more continuous slabs overlying more widespread weak layers. But don't let your guard down on other aspects. If the slope looks wind-loaded, or you can see the snowcover spanning enough terrain that a large slab is possible, check and see if there are buried weak layers under a stiffer slab before venturing into steeper terrain.