We experienced clearer skies than forecasted, and were in direct sun untill 2:00 pm when high clouds moved in. Winds were light and generally from the NW. No blowing or drifiting snow during the day.
Widespread debris from the last AR event throughout the backcountry.
On N aspects at 6,000 ft we found 10 cm of low density snow (F) above a robust 20 cm rain crust (P). Directly above the crust, we found 1-2 mm faceting grains, that were striated and well developed.
On SW aspects at 6,000 ft we found 5 cm of new snow (F) above the same rain crust. We did not find facting grains above the crust on solar slopes.
Overall, the best turns were on low angle slopes below treeline, where the new snow has accumulated and there is no avalanche debris. Any steeper slope holds significant amounts of debris, and a firm crust that makes travel difficult.