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That's the oddity -- there really isn't much snow on Charleston for this time of year. The Mummy scree slope was completely bare a week back; in 2005 at the same time of year, it was covered by at least 2' of snow.
My twin and I were down there 2 weeks ago and skied Mount Holly and Lake Peak for 3 days. There was 4 feet of snow in the deepest sections of the trail above Puffer Lake, however there were some bear spots every now and then. I'd imagine that those same bear spots have since grown larger. I was not there in 2005 but I'd imagine, since this has been an above average year down there, that there will be more than usual snow still on the ground.
P.S. the Big John Flat road was still covered in 2-4 feet of snow when we were there.
We could see the Tushars from Great Basin National Park over Memorial and through the binoculars there looked to be plenty of snow left in the heart of the Tushar Range. Also from GBNP we could see 6 ranges out in the California direction and they had tons of snow as well. As for the GBNP snowpack.....PHAT as could be.
I called Beaver USFS office personnel, and they said the road to Big John Flats was still closed at the *lower gate*. They gave a "couple of weeks" for the opening date. I'm guessing that they are as much worried about the mud as the snow.