Skied S and SSW aspects along Vista Ridge between 6200' and 5600'. There was about 6-8" of snow above the melt-freeze crust formed Wednesday 1/6. Travel tests and compression tests showed easy failures within this recent snow, but failures did not show propensity to propagate on test slopes or with extended column tests.
Visible wind effect on the snow surface, but the snow was soft and skied well at this elevation.
2 melt freeze crusts are obvious in the upper snowpack. All column test results were in the snow above the most recent crust (1/6). The crust below that formed Sunday night (1/3).
No instability was noticed on E/SE facing slopes between 5-6000'.