Headed out today for a tour around Bullion Basin, and weather-wise found pretty much exactly what the forecast suggested- temperature inversion in the morning (with some light surface hoar laid down in the valley) followed by a beautiful high pressure day with almost no clouds to buffer the blasting sun.
We did laps on the NE and NW side of Bullion Peak and found around 4 - 6" of nice light powder that seemed pretty well bonded to the firmer snow beneath. We'd considered heading toward East Peak and Cement Basin, but everyone we talked to said it was sunblasted, icy, and not worth bothering with.
We found some variable piles of powder on the higher northern aspects of Bullion, likely wind-deposited, but nothing seemed slabby, and most pockets had been broken up by skiers. Powder was deeper and more consistent BTL and in more wind-protected nooks.
We kept our eyes peeled for any pinwheels or loose wet sluff off the SW aspects of Platinum Peak, but didn't see any movement, and skiers descending seemed to only be penetrating at most a few inches into the sunny crust.
We left around 3:30 pm, just as the wind started picking up and Rainier got a big lenticular - weather's changing!