Low clouds hung out around 5,000ft after a few broken hours in the morning. No blowing snow observed but only traveled up to NTL.
More frequently than not, I could find buried surface hoar in the 2-5mm size down about 15-20cm. This layer would often fail with shovel tilt tests, switchback kicks, and hand shears. A very thin zipper 'freezing drizzle crust' usually marked the upper extent of this layer. In a few locations, small grained facets also appeared beneath this thin crust.
A couple locations that had some previously wind stiffened snow (1F) over weaker snow reacted with fast and clean fractures. See photo below of a block that clearly had a coating of surface hoar at the interface of one of these fractures from a SE aspect at 5,200ft below a ridgeline. Only very steep, open south facing slopes seemed to have much of a buried suncrust from 12/8.
Ski conditions were excellent with only isolated pockets of stiffer wind slab, mostly beneath the recent snow.