Well, the old crowns are still visible high above the old Stevens Glacier bed; they are now nearly filled in. They went to rock in some places. Cornices are very large in a few places and consequently we skied up right of the creek bed. Current stability was good and fairly uniform to 8500' or so. Recent snow is deeper to 6" or so closer to treeeline. Higher, a couple/3-4 " of new snow was well-bonded to a strong and mostly smooth underlying combination of wind crust and sun crust. Yesterday on all but steeper sun facing; although the surface was just a touch moist, the new snow (and SH) maintained a sparkly and fast surface due to radiational cooling and katabatic winds. It was good skiing on all neutral to solar aspects at higher elevations, but we were a bit late 2:00 on Paradise Glacier and it had already reformed a thin crust.
The amount of snowpack up high is phenomenal! Most I've eve seen.
We started kick stepping up the moister south facing steep slopes to Cowlitz Rock but quit when, as the slope steepened, there was just a few inches of snow on a very hard suncrust - not worth the effort. That slope would likely have loose wet slides in warmer temps today (13th).