Primary goal of trip was weather station maintenance, so we didn't cover a lot of ground or make detailed observations. The snowpack, especially in the upper layers, is beginning to show signs of weakening - although the midpack crust remains intact and supportable.
S-1 on and off today with 5-7cm accumulation since last night. We stayed in sheltered mid-elevation terrain, and did not encounter much wind there. In the Sawtooth Valley, the precip was a "wintry mix" or even rain at times.
Primary observation was the overall weaker snowpack than what we've seen in the past week or two - especially in the surface snow that fell from 11/9 on.
The snowpack generally consists of:
Thin breakable crust
10-20cm of weakening, small grained facets
Generally supportable midpack crust
10-20cm of snow at the ground still retaining some strength