Toured to the west side of Jove Peak via Smith Brook and Union Pass. Observed 3200'-6000'
HST 50-60cm Sunday AM . Mid-day sun with trees beginning to shed snow, later afternoon snow S1 to S5, additional 10cm by end of day. Light winds at ridgelines, no evidence of wind transport on S and W slopes.
Storm snow bonded to 2/14 crust, with a gradual right side up density. Small dry loose avalanches observed on steep slopes greater than 45*. No evidence of storm slab and no cracking or whumping on test slopes; very dry and loose closer to the surface. Solar facing slopes wetted about 3cm deep mid-day, however was buried by 10cm of new snow. No crust was observed at the end of day from the buried wet layer, and still skied well.
Mindset for the day was to limit exposure due to 24" of snow of snow that fell in the previous 12 hours. Large open trees of Jove was fantastic.