There were no avalanche problems in the terrain I traveled. The entire snowpack is losing cohesion (rotting and losing strength) in shallow areas of less than about a foot. In areas with about 1.5-2 feet, this process is primarily affecting the upper 10 inches or so. In these locations the snowpack is supportable and the snow density increases closer to the ground.
There is no access at the Wells trailhead but the groomed trail to Couch is in good shape. I'd be hesitant to do any serious off-trail riding due to under-snow hazards.
Clear and calm. Near zero in the valley and near 30F in the hills.
There is more snow at low elevations in the Soldiers than in the Wood River Valley. For instance, south-facing slopes are bare to at least 8,600' in Indian Creek (WRV) and the only bare slopes in the Soldiers were south-facing foothills just north of Fairfield.
Overall snow depth was 50-70 cm on shaded middle elevation slopes. Snowpacks under about 40 cm in depth were mostly faceted with 1-3 noticeable crusts. Snowpacks deeper than 40 cm were right-side-up and stronger near the ground.
I did not find any sign of faceted snow from October.
Conservative riding due to solo-travel and shallow snow.