Images like this have become commonplace over the last few days (photo by James Conley)

Day after day of new snow has pounded Northern California resulting in the highest pre Thanksgiving snow totals in over a decade.  Choking deep, bottomless powder has been reported at local ski areas and in the backcountry.  Ski touring is virtually impossible with no bottom whatsoever to register on.  Once the snowpack has a few days to settle we should experience mid season base depths and ski season should be in full swing.