We toured and skied some north facing trees near the highway closure. Snow height was about 80cm down low around 2700’. Rimed surface hoar 2-6 mm is found on the surface. About 30cm of right side up snow sits on the Christmas crust. At 5600’ on a north facing aspect we dug to the ground to take a look. Snow height was 120cm. No results in an extended column test (ECTX). In a compression test we saw a sudden planar result just under the christma crust (CTM SP @ 35 cm). After the CT we just walloped on the remaining column and managed to get SP fractures on the 12/8 interface at the basal facets. These are not ‘real’ results, but interesting to see clean breaks down there. The bottom 30cm of the snowpack is 2-4mm basal facets with 4f- hardness. The snowpack above that is .5-1mm rounding facets with 1f hardness. So, still some less-dense large-grain sugary snow down against the ground. The no-result ect might suggest there isn’t much propensity for propagation where we were skiing.