Variable sky cover throughout day from overcast to scattered skies midday to obscured at 3pm. Light graupel falling 3pm-when we left
We traveled up to Bearpaw where we found on average 10cm of slightly heavy but dry new snow with a thin crust beneath it. Only small amounts of wind-affect were noticeable from last night, where few isolated slopes along ridgelines lee to the west had what looked like more obvious pockets of wind slab. Other surfaces had subtle wind texture but not much redistribution was noticed.
We dug multiple pits and I was able to ID some well rounded grain forms which were previously facets above the MLK crust, and failed on 23 taps, resistant planar, with a compression test. This was on one pit, east facing, 5800ft. I wasn’t able to find anything resembling weakness on my south and north facing pits above the MLK crust.
We traveled out onto some small, steep slopes with no instabilities found. Other riders were highmarking bigger slopes and no avalanches were seen.