It was a clear cold day with just a light breeze. Older wind-drifted surfaces were prevalent on exposed slopes higher in elevation.
The snow surface was a mix of surface hoar and near surface facets. The storm snow had settled moderately but still lacked much of a cohesive slab structure. Overall I found a thin and very weak snowpack with boot penetration all they way to the ground.
I found 87cm of snow on a sheltered northern aspect at 4700ft. While walking through the meadow, I also experienced a small localized collapse.
I found buried surface hoar from 12/8 below the recent storm snow. It was mixed with decomposing particles but produced moderately planer breaks in shovel tilt tests that also highlighted the 12/9 old snow/new snow interface. The recent snow is very soft (F-) and lacks much for slab structure. Below the buried surface hoar is older storm snow increasing in density to the crust-facet combo from mid to late November (11/22 & 11/25). The crusts are beginning to break down, and it was hard to decern where the facets end and the crust begins.
Today's most notable observation was that stability tests produced sudden results (CTE3 SC, ECTP21 SC) on the 11/22 FC near the ground. We are monitoring this layer, and stability tests have continued to indicate propagation potential on these deeper layers.