With less total snowfall over the past few days than other zones and new slabs that are proving to be more stubborn than reactive, the Vail & Summit County and Front Range zones have dropped back to Moderate (2 of 5). That said, there are plenty of dangerous slopes out there, and any steep wind-loaded terrain should be thoroughly investigated or avoided altogether. With 3 to 7 inches of low-density snow from yesterday combined with up to 15 inches of total storm snow from the past three days, newly formed slabs will be 2 to 3 feet thick on leeward slopes. Expect a wide distribution of wind slabs on north to east to south facing aspects near and above treeline from shifting southwest to northwest winds. On these same slopes, there is potential for any avalanche triggered in the new snow to step down to weaker layers buried deeper in the snowpack. It may be harder to effect these layers, but the resulting avalanches will be huge and hard to escape.
In the Steamboat/Flat Tops, avalanches triggered in the new snow will keep the danger elevated. With many feet of new snow on the ground, you can trigger avalanches in the storm snow deep enough to bury you. This is especially concerning around terrain traps like creek beds and gullies where even a smaller avalanche can pile up deep. Drifted areas will also be more dangerous as the new snow will be deeper, denser and more cohesive; all the things needed to create larger more deadly avalanches. If that wasn't enough, you will also need to consider loose snow "sluffs" if traveling around steep terrain. Yesterday's snow was much lower density and may easily fail beneath your skis or sled. This type of avalanche is usually harmless, but could be a problem if you get swept off your feet or pushed into a tree.
Bottom line: We are slowly creeping out of another good storm cycle and avalanche conditions will need time to settle. There is plenty of good snow and riding options on slopes under 30 degrees. Seek these out to reduce your chances of triggering an avalanche today.