Calm, mild, and damp below treeline gave way to cold and stormy up higher.
I found 2 older piles of avalanche debris on the S side of Snoqulamie Mt. It was hard to tell how old these slides were, but no crowns were visible
In a word... variable. Snow surfaces ranged from soft to wet to frozen to breakable. The lower elevation snowpack appears very strong with 12-15 inches (30-40)cm over the Christmas Crust.
Sheltered: 18-24 inches (45-60cm) of settled snow was found on all aspects over the Christmas Crust. While I could still identify inter-storm layers, they did not fail in any snowpack tests. The upper snowpack was right-side up and generally strong.
Wind-Affected: While the predominant wind direction was from the SE, wind-loaded pockets were seen on nearly all aspects. Blowing snow, scoured slopes, sharp wind lips, fresh drifts, and deep pillow-like drifts were all observed. While not all test slopes failed, the ones that did produce shallow 4-6 inch (10-15cm) deep slabs.
Blowing snow was also observed higher in the terrain with significant loading onto SW-W facing slopes.
Open creeks continue to be a hazard with few crossing available.