Hiked from the Excelsior Pass TH to 4300ft where we transitioned to skinning. Mid-elevation in the trees still has very thin snow cover. Above 4600ft there was 4-6" of low-density new snow. The new snow appeared to be bonding to the various old snow surfaces. Under the south face of Excelsior Peak was evidence of old wet loose debris which was just starting to get covered by the new snow. We saw some wind-affected snow on north-facing slopes at Excelsior Pass, but the transported snow was not making stiff slabs and we saw no signs of instability. Ski quality was great on north and south-facing aspects. The crust on solar slopes was supportable and the new snow on top of it made for enjoyable skiing conditions. On our descent, signs of melting snow and rising freezing levels began below 3000ft.