Lt. rain at valley floor (approx. 3000') yielded to periods of s1-s2 above 5000'. Obscured skies partially cleared for the final fleeting hours of daylight. Observed evidence of steady light to moderate transport under westerly winds, resulting in stiff, isolated wind slab formation adjacent to ridgecrests.
Observed one natural sz 1.5 windslab that likely ran overnight (Nov 25-26) from a very loaded, steep easterly col @ 7000'
Older (Oct.-early Nov.) snow persists above approx. 5500' +/- depending on slight aspect changes in the Twisp River watershed. Below this elevation, skiing is basically not happening. Above, the now strong and frozen early season snow allows for supportable and reliable travel, with subsequent accumulations providing decent turns, depending on the mood of the day and mindset of the skier.
HS varies from 70-130cm Near and Above Treeline, with the bottom 50cm or so of the snowpack consisting of frozen grains from the mid-Nov deluge.
The snowpack is generally strong and warm and continues to settle.
No layers of concern were found in a test pit on a NE aspect @ 6800' with an HS of 100cm. Tests were unremarkable.
Ski testing showed reactive to stubborn sz 1 windslabs adjacent to alpine ridgecrests, with potential propagation of a few meters, running slowly with minimal entrainment.
Layer Depth/Date: 11/26 10-40cm
Comments: Reactive to ski cuts on isolated features
Likely becoming stubborn, unreactive, or obsolete as the next round of warming and heavy precipitation re-sets the landscape.