Terrain: We traveled up East Peak and out to the ridge. between Cement and Lake Basins. Most of our observations come from the Lake Basin area. Returned via East Peak near Ted's Buttress. This terrain covered all aspects in the NTL band.
Snowpack: Recent snow from 1/21 about 5-7cm. Over the 1/13 crust from the atmospheric river. The soft upper snow is very weak and faceting. Near-surface facets were very evident and well developed. While the previous night was cold, clear, and calm there was very little surface hoar growth.
Below the recent snow conditions were variable with ice, breakable crust, and strong melt forms depending on the slope. In all the areas we traveled a very thick and strong 1/13 crust could be found somewhere in the upper foot of the snowpack. This layer was boot supportable and difficult to break through.
Very small pockets of wind drifted snow were found near ridgelines. These isolated slabs failed very easily on facets and produced shooting cracks up to 10' long (nearly the entire size of the wind loaded pocket).
Weather: Clear and sunny. Cold at mid and upper elevations. Light NW winds on the ridgelines. Calm elsewhere.