Beautiful day. Mostly sunny skies with periods of high overcast. Light winds. Cool temperatures.
No new avalanches observed.
The near treeline snowpack is generally 7-8 ft (220-250cm) deep. We found 1-2 inches (3-5cm) of new snow above 5500' with a dusting below. Very firm and icy surfaces were found under the new snow and in wind-exposed areas. This created very challenging and possibly dangerous travel.
The upper snowpack is very strong and spring-like. About a foot (30cm) thick crust was could in most areas that took quite a bit of effort to dig through. Below this stout crust large grain melt-forms were found. Some were wet and weak, some were frozen and strong. In the location we dug, no dry snow was found in the upper 4-5ft (120-150cm) of the snowpack.
While there was evidence of wind transported snow. No wind slabs were found in this area, likely due to the lack of snow available for transport.