We traveled from 5000 - 7300ft on the East Bowl of Cutthroat Peak. Observed E-SE-S aspects. Upper snowpack: 5cm HST above Valentines day MF overlaying 1 cm of small facets (Fist) on top of 5 cm crust (Pencil), beneath which is 60 cm rightside up rounds (1F - P) overlaying 1/30 interface.
@7300 East slopes on the flanks of Cutthroat Peak: HS 375 cm, HST 5cm, 1/30 interface down 70 cm. CTM (SP) down 10 cm on Graupel. CTH (SC) 1/30 interface, ECTX.
Poor structure and small cracking noted on the Valentines crust - could prove problematic if/when buried deeper.
Periods of Mod/strong winds out of west and drifting snow.
Best skiing seemed to be on lower angled SE-E sheltered slopes above treeline which remained cold and retained just enough dust on crust. South facing slopes at upper elevations didn't warm up today. South facing slopes NTL softened slightly by late afternoon.