Overall stability was much better than expected today. Biggest hazard was the breakable crust trying to destroy your knees. Dug a pit at 5800ft above the lake in bullion basin. We were able to see the 1/4 and Christmas crusts, but got no results on either. Even after an ECT, we could not pry either layer off with shovel pull tests. The top 4-6" are upside down with a 3/4 inch crust over some lower density snow, but without a load, it just skis poorly.
Winds were quite strong and transporting what little snow there was. Had there been more snow to transport, fresh wind slabs would have been a problem.
WSW face had a more supportable crust than the back side.