Due to a series of cold fronts, snow above timberline in the Independence Pass area has held up, though obviously not as good as would be after a normal to above normal winter. We estimate about two weeks ahead of schedule in terms of coverage and melting. In other words, similar to backcountry skiing on the pass a few days after the usual Memorial day opening during an average snow year. Obvious variations have occurred due to microclimactic variations in snowfall. For example, drainages northwest and southwest of the pass have noticeably more snow (but of course are harder to reach during day trips).