Middle elevation NW-N-NE, along with any higher elevation and shadier aspect combo, are deep enough and layered enough to be a problem when the next storm arrives. I expect an encore of the touchy conditions we saw when similar layering was tested by new snow loads further north.
Short video from the day: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJcOFbhl5-i/
Calm and grey. Some very light snow flurries around noon extended beyond Griffin Butte and out into the southern Smokys as well as in the southern Boulders.
Coverage was thin overall. The deepest (non-drifted) slopes I found were sheltered middle elevation norths (see pit image). S and SW were mostly dirt to ~9,000'.
The "Solstice Crust" was present in all the terrain I traveled but crumbly and faceted in many locations. It (along with the F slab above) were not strong enough to propagate fractures in ECTs but still seemed worth keeping an eye on moving forward. There were large facet chains around the crust in some locations.
The (12/11) layer produced collapses and still looks nasty. It was a mix of crusts + facets (sunnier wests) and straight facets + SH (norths) where I looked. I'm not sure the SH really makes a difference in this setup but it was obvious and large.
There were no avalanche problems in the terrain I visited today. Middle elevation NW-N-NE, along with any higher elevation and shadier aspect combo, are deep enough and layered enough to be a problem when loaded.
Terrain choices were aimed at staying afloat and avoiding under-snow obstacles.