The day started with mostly cloudy skies and even a few sun breaks before transitioning to windy and snowy. Mostly S1
No new avalanches were observed, but I was able to get some cracking and blocks of snow to fail on a wind-loaded convexity.
I spent most of the day digging and found buried surface hoar on all aspects in the Paradise vicinity. There were two layers of concern (12/4 and 12/8) that consistently showed up in almost any test you could throw at them. Shovel shear, shovel tilt, compression tests, and extended column tests (ECT) all produced results. The 12/4 propagated to the end of the column in every ECT I performed, regardless of aspect. The 12/8 would consistently fail but not propagate the width of the block, except in my northerly facing pit. I was consistently finding the 12/8 around 10 inches below the surface and the 12/4 around 20 inches below the surface. Despite being easy to find and the concerning test results, I did not see a single avalanche, shooting crack, or whumpf during my time out. Visibility was limited and I mainly stayed in the meadows around Alta Vista, however.
Other observations of note were settlement cones around trees and some snow transport during gustier periods of the day.