Snowpack varies significantly by aspect and elevation. New snow and wind were combining to build small, as of yet unreactive, wind slabs.
S-1 to S1 snowfall for most of the afternoon, with a period of intense (S3 to S4) snowfall in the late afternoon. Winds were light out of the NW.
No recent avalanches observed.
Snowpack varies significantly by elevation, in part due to temperature inversions that have been common this year. Below ~8,300' I encountered a snowpack that was 80-90 cm deep. On solar aspects there were a variety of cursts interspersed with facets, while shaded aspects were intensely faceted. Boot pen=ski pen=ground in much of this (shaded) terrain. Two low elevation, south-facing meadows produced two collapses each. I dug here and found that the collapses seemed to be occurring on 1/27 interface, which was buried 35-40cm deep and presented as a crust with 2-3mm facets and SH shards. This layer produced an ECTPV, ECTP 4 and ECTP 5. Above the level of the inversion, the snowpack depth increased significantly to 130-150cm. HS on S at 9,400' was 130cm, with 1/27 interface down 50-55cm (MFcr +FC with occasional SH shards) and 2/2 interface down 25-30 cm (MFcr). 2/2 produced repeated ECTNs with moderate force. 1/27 produced repeated ECTPs in the 21-23 range. By sunset, there was between 10 and 15cm of new, low density snow from the day's storm. Winds were light and wind drifting was pretty minimal. I skied down along a ridge that had been loaded with snow since 2/2 and encountered soft slabs up to 60cm thick, which were unreactive. New soft slabs were barely deeper than HST, and stubborn to unreactive.
Continuing to avoid complex avalanche terrain steeper than about 32 degrees in areas with a thinner snowpack, particularly in areas with recent wind loading. Lots of great skiing to be had on low-angle slopes right now, it's just easier to not "play the game".