Wanted to follow up with you guys about the issue of snow on the trail. I was talking to Terri today and she said that she bailed on a trip due to snow. Since bailing would mean a bit more than canceling my last minute weekend trip, I want to know how to prepare for "bailout" conditions.

I'm thinking that the biggest issue of snow will be on top of the mountain passes, and since those are relatively short, I'm leaning towards just slogging through the snow rather than packing in snowshoes for a few days of trail where I might not even need them. What are your guy's thoughts on how to deal with the issue of snow?
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