Warm temperatures and clear skies.
Traveled from the French Cabin SnoPark up the Thorp Creek drainage. Thick crusts existed on all surfaces and it was challenging and time-consuming to keep the snowmobile from overheating.
Snowpack surfaces are runneled and capped with a thick 13cm P MF crust. The crust was almost supportable and randomly breaking through easily left you thigh deep in the snowpack. Below the crust, there is 35cm of large and weak 4F melt forms. The lower pack was strong small rounded grains interspersed with a few decomposing MF crusts from December. Percolation columns were visible to the ground.
HS 135 @ 3800ft on a north aspect.