Cold day with frequent passing showers. Most of these were light, but occasionally a heavier band would add a quick inch of snow.
I found several old debris piles from Wednesday in the Gunsight Chutes and 3rd bowl. These appeared to be storm slabs (D1.5-2). The crowns and debris were covered with new snow.
Today I intentionally triggered a few loose dry avalanches, but they were small and unremarkable.
DEEP! The upper snowpack consists of about a meter of storm snow. While subtle layers were found they did not fail repeatably in snowpack tests. However, up-track tests and small slopes did produce isolated cracking. These small slabs seemed to be failing on a density break in the storm snow about a foot below the surface. However, this layer did not produce any avalanches during our travels.
Snow depths (HS) ranged from 5-6 ft (160-190cm) in the near treeline band.
Signs of wind transport (cornices, rime, drifts) were prevalent along ridges. The majority of the loading occurred on N-SE aspects. However, similar to the storm snow, test slopes and small cornice cuts did not produce any avalanches.