Snowing moderately throughout the day (S2) and we observed some light SE winds near ridgetop.
Today my partner and I traveled into the western part of the east south on Gold Hill Ridge. Overall, we found a favorable upper snowpack structure, stubborn wind slabs, and variable (crusty) travel conditions on solar aspects.
On our climb on south aspects we noticed a breakable sun crust that extends up to 4800 ft. Above this we started getting into colder and drier snow.
A snow profile on a SE aspect/ NW aspect reveled a favorable snowpack structure and unremarkable test results. In both locations the Valentines crust acts as a prominent marker in the upper snowpack and sits about 80-100 cm below the snow surface in this location. Look at test profile photos for more details.
New snow was piling up by the time we reached our car. We observed about 4 inches of dense new snow.