Poor visibility. Very light snow (S-1). Light winds with light blowing snow.
No recent avalanches were observed. However, bad visibility limited our ability to make observations from the surrounding area.
The Solstice Crust was generally 4 ft (120cm) below the snow surface. On wind ward slopes it was closer 1.5-2 ft (45-60cm) and on lee slopes closer to 5-6 ft (150-180cm). The recent storm snow was largely right side up. While I could find discrete storm layers, they did not fail in any tests. The Solstice crust was a thin (1cm) melt freeze crust in this area. The snow was well bonded to the crust.
Obvious signs of wind transported snow were easily found. (firmer snow, drifts, cornices). These clues were covered by 4-8 inches (10-20cm) of soft snow.
We also looked at the 12/18 crust. This thicker 2" (5cm) melt freeze crust was weakening, but did not fail in any test.
Height of Snow: 114-122 inches (290-310cm)
These are older wind slabs. Very hard to assess their sensitivity.