Wind: Intense blowing snow, scoured slopes, eroded cornices, fresh cornices, textured surfaces, drifts, and firm hollow slabs. Signs of wind transported snow were abundant today. As I mentioned above, along ridges at upper elevations, the loading pattern was quite predictable. However, just a little lower in the terrain and winds seemed to come from every direction. It's worth noting that the one legitimate avalanche that I triggered was on an E aspect and winds were coming from the E. This just emphasizes the varied loading patterns on these mid-slope features.
New Snow: In wind-sheltered areas, there was about 5" of very light dry snow from yesterday afternoon and last night. On SE-SW aspects this new snow sits over a melt-freeze crust. It was very poorly bonded to this much firmer layer.
Snowpack: In general the MLK crust was down about 2ft (60cm). While I could still find other recent layers (1/21, 1/18) in the upper snowpack, none of them showed any lingering weak grains.