We just barely made it into the below treeline forecast range, but even so we were travelling carefully through the featured terrain to avoid the steep wind loaded slopes based on the cracking and tiny avalanches we were getting on very small features. New snow was about a foot deep over the stout melt freeze crust, but some areas were stripped back to the crust while others were loaded to nearly a foot and a half deep. There were signs of previous loading where we were, although active transport was minimal throughout the day. Temps were a few degrees below freezing and light snow was falling most of the time.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
We only travelled to 3300 ft on primarily east aspects. There was highly variable and inconsistent wind loading, but in areas where it was present the snow was touchy, reactive to skier triggers on the underlying MFcr, even at that low an elevation. Its depths varied from 4" to 15" They formed no larger than a size 1 avalanche. No natural avalanches occurred.