Light freezing rain at the trailhead transitioned to moist snow around 3500ft. The previous wind effect was evident, but the winds had died down, and we observed no blowing snow. Clouds seemed to thin around mid-day, but it was a short reprieve, and they thickened again by afternoon, bringing a return of some light precipitation.
We found around 2" of new snow at the Little Wenatchee River Trailhead (2000ft) with a thin, fragile freezing rain crust on the surface. It was just enough to keep the sleds cool on the packed road.
At 4200ft on a South aspect, there was an HS of 90cm, with 20cm of storm snow over a thin melt-freeze crust (1/21). The MLK crust was supportable and buried 38cm deep in this location.
We navigated wind features along a ridgeline to 5800ft. Despite the obvious wind loading, we found wind slabs to be stubborn to unreactive in most locations. The exception was in locations where they formed over slick crusts where we observed cracking and could get small 10-20cm deep wind slabs to run with moderate effort.
We dug a test pit at 5600ft on an east aspect with an HS of 300cm. Overall we found this to be a strong right-side-up snowpack. A notable layer of small faceted crystals exists down about 60cm over the MLK crust, although test results produced no results (ECTX, CTN). The new/old snow interface sheared with easy force in a shovel shear test.
Exiting on southern aspects below 5000ft, we easily pushed small wet loose avalanches that ran on recently formed sun crusts.