We traveled from winter to late spring and back down to winter above the Icicle. On ascent and descent in open, cold areas we experienced 1000' of the worst trap crust any of us had ever experienced, from the fog bank downward: 2cm of water ice from the post-6 Jan storm thaw and rains. We encountered slide for life conditions on slopes as low as 10-degrees on this largely supporting, glazed water ice surface. Ski crampons were essential since booting would lead to punching through to low thigh over the ice. Solar slopes as low as 3000' were rapidly warming as early as 0900 with deep boot pen on solar aspects (S, E).
The rain and sun crusts in the near treeline are beginning to facet and will present problems upon our next snowfall, whenever that might occur. Near 6800' on sheltered aspects we found wind-buffed, cold snow, largely in dust on crust form. On solar aspects NTL, corn developed by mid-afternoon, but quickly deteriorated 1800' later to a full mush push with wet loose potential on the warm, solar aspects of the upper BTL band. We saw evidence of the recent warm temperatures on all aspects and elevations with multiple D2 slides on a variety of aspects BTL, NTL, and even ATL on north on Cashmere Mountain (8000' - multiple L-N-R1-D2).
In short, travel in the east central is challenging outside of a narrow aspect and elevation sweet spot, surface conditions are highly variable, and we have a surface setup that, while benign now, could present a challenging PWL crust/facet combination. While inversions have kept the lowland coverage robust, snowpack is waning on steep solar aspects (HS 145-160cm at 6400', E) where unseasonably warm temps have been in place for over a week.