Thin, weak snowpack, but no overlying slab...yet.
Another calm, cool, sunny day. HST=5cm (11/25).
Thin snowpack (20-35cm on middle elevation solars, 50-60cm on shaded aspects) is showing signs of faceting throughout. Most pronounced at surface and in upper half, but beginning to be evident in lower portion as well. Shaded aspects are beginning to produce some basal facets, these are dry and still relatively small (1-2mm) but distinct from the faceting snow above. Found some small (1-2mm) surface hoar at 11/25 interface on shaded slopes, not sure how widespread this layer is or if it will be distinguishable from the current snow surface once loaded. In either case, I'd expect the current surface to produce signs of instability and avalanche activity as loaded. As found further north, 11/17 interface is quite obvious in pit walls thanks to the dust accompanying it. On shaded slopes this interface is about 30cm down. On solars it is about 15cm down and manifests as a 2-3cm melt freeze crust. Stability tests produced ECTNs at 11/17 with moderate to hard force on both aspects.
No significant problems encountered. Suspect isolated wind slab problems present in upper elevation, exposed terrain.