Bands of high clouds at sunrise, clearing by mid-morning. Light to moderate winds blowing out of the W-SW.
Only observed avalanches were D1 wet loose debris in alpine terrain above North Fork in the Boulders and across the highway in the Smokys. Really hard to say how recent these slides were. All were relatively small and involved only the upper portion of the snow.
Primary goal was to get up high and look for recent avalanche activity. Only observed avalanches were D1 wet loose debris in alpine terrain above north fork in the Boulders. Really hard to say how recent these slides were. Snow surface started the day similar to yesterday. 5-10cm crust was generally boot supportable, I walked across the meadow below Durance in my tennis shoes. Boot penetration was to near ground when I did break through. Around trees, crust was much less rigid. Thin clouds and winds slowed the softening of the crust a bit, I skied silky, consistent corn on E-SE shortly before 1000. Crust on flats remained intact on the skate back to my car.
No avalanche problems encountered, though wet problems likely weren't far off.
I avoided entering large, open terrain in starting zones. I minimized time spent in run outs of large paths.