The Gnome hikes the Bristlecone Pine Trail on Mt. Charleston outside Las Vegas. It was late spring and the weather was perfect. Unfortunately, there was still some snow on the ground on the backside of the mountain so The Gnome had to be careful. As we hear in the story his hiking companion found out that the show wasn't as solid as it looked, and sank hip deep into a snowdrift.
Apparently the gnome didn't learn the valuable lesson, and shortly after had to be pulled from a snowdrift of his own.