Cold morning, temps continued to feel cold in the shade even mid-day. At a few points while skinning up a south-facing slope the sun was very strong, and it felt downright hot.
The difference between sunny and shaded slopes is becoming more and more apparent with this long stretch of high pressure. Sunny slopes had a stout melt freeze crust (30cm thick) that began to soften after a few hours of sun hit. We skiied a steeper south aspect just before noon and the corn window was just right- not too soft, but smooth and softened enough. Another lap later I was able to initiate a very small loose wet slide on a steep SE aspect. The slide didn't entrain much snow, and it only took a few inches of surface snow with it.
On a north aspect at 5,700ft we found 5" of storm snow from 1/20 over a thick rain crust. This snow is weakening and faceting with repeated cold nights and warm days (diurnal recrystallization). Observed 0.5mm faceting rounds just above the crust, and slightly larger faceted grains and surface hoar on the surface.