Avalanches are most likely to be triggered in areas with a stiff wind-deposited slab. In areas sheltered from the wind, only 6-8" of relatively soft snow sit above the weak facets caused by the drought which ended ~10 days ago.
I found isolated, sensitive, wind slabs up to 2 feet thick. These drifts + my weight caused collapses and a small release in a wind-loaded pocket near a ridgeline.
Mostly clear and calm. Single digits in the valley in the morning, upper-teens to low 20s F higher up by midday.
There were numerous small slab avalanches near the Smoky Crest near the Headwaters of Baker, Apollo and Brodie as well as some in Newman Basin. Most were observed on East and Southeast aspects, although this is likely biased by my location (no avalanches to look at back to my East). None were particularly large (mostly D1-D1.5) with a couple of possible D2s.
Smaller persistent slabs dotted some terrain closer to E. Fork Baker and I was able to trigger one small drift in fresh wind slab that also broke into the early season drought facet layer.
Overall snow depth is still shallow (40-70 cm). In sheltered areas, only 15-25 cm of snow sits atop the (12/11) interface. In wind-loaded locations, I found 1F slabs up to 60 cm thick.
Melt-freeze crusts were present at the surface on all aspects and elevations to 9,200 feet. This layer acted as the primary bed-surface in the small wind-drift that released.
Snow below the crust remained cold and dry, very similar to how it appeared prior to last weekends storm.
Layer Depth/Date: 30-60 cm
Weak Layer(s): Dec 11, 2020 (FCsf)
Comments: Got a couple of collapses on this layer that shook loose a wind drift and cracked down to the facets below.
Small wind drifts were scattered and sporadic with only an inch or so of new snow in the last few days.
I felt comfortable traveling anywhere that lacked a stiffer slab near the surface. I avoided steep, recently wind-loaded slopes.