Hard-packed and icy in places - that pretty much sums up the trail up to Hollyburn right now. Microspikes or YakTrax highly recommended. Don't do what I did and come home with a great big bruise on your hip... Snowshoes not needed for flotation, even off trail - I went postholing into the meadow by the summer route and never sunk in more than a foot. Hiking on old snowshoe tracks I barely sank in at all. The snow compacted really easily - this is not powder! Hoar frost and/or ice present in shady areas; snow surface has a rain crust.
I like the new (?) winter trail route up the final slope as it zig-zags back and forth through the trees, though it can be a bit tricky where it crosses the open slope which is now one giant slide...
Great views of the Lions and beyond, but a cold wind kept us from lingering. Some spectacular rime and ice features on the trees too.
Ravens and whisky jacks are out for your lunch but please don't feed them. I know it's cute but it's detrimental in the long run. Whisky Jacks already steal food from people who weren't offering it; it's only a matter of time before the big beak of a raven leaves a nasty mark.