Cold and mostly clear skies. Winds were light early in the day and picked up in the late afternoon.
Traveled via the summer trail up to just below the ridge on Dirtyface. The day started out calm and cold with some moderate winds picking up in the late afternoon. Minimal clouds and sunshine were nice to warm the face. We found a generally strong snowpack, although the prolonged cold temperatures have created some small facets in the upper snowpack.
Between 3500 and 4500ft, there are some large surface hoar crystals on the snow surface. These crystals are laying down and may have actually been blown off tree branches, rather than grown on the snow surface. But however they landed on the snow surface, they will be something to keep in mind as we get additional snow.
There was also a sun crust on steep solar aspects.
Dug a pit at 5500ft on a SE aspect.
Generally strong right-side-up snowpack, small facets were observed above and below the Solstice crust which is now buried by approximately 60cm of snow. Did not get any results on compression tests.