No old Oct snow where we traveled (lower and middle elevations, mostly southerly aspects), and no stability issues where we traveled. Thin snowpack (1-2.5 feet) with sage still poking through or into most layers. There were some wind slabs at exposed ridgelines over 7000', but fairly isolated + thin and no cracking experienced below 7500'.
Calm to light winds, so no active transport where we were. Still plenty of snow available for transport if/when winds do pick up. Cool day with little sun, so no heating issues at the snow surface.
No formal pits on a rec day, just pole probing and hand pits.
SW-S below 6500': 40-60cm with 20-40cm of storm snow on top: older snow from mid-December turning into a mess of larger FC and crusts that is beginning to resemble the old Oct snow (12/11 layer) in other areas...will have to watch this as it's changing fast where the snowpack is thin...some SH shards in the uppermost FC above a crust, but not standing up.
SW-S 6500-7500': 50-70cm with 25-40cm storm snow: faint crust and FC at the interface between the recent storm and mid-Dec storm but variable distribution/structure with slight change in aspect/slope angle - crust thins as you climb in elevation: older mid-Dec storm snow=mixed forms, RG
SE-E: 60-90cm: 30-60cm storm snow (windblown where deeper): subtle, fairly nondescript interface between the recent storm and mid-Dec storm but some FC in places: mid-Dec storm snow is mostly RG but some mixed forms+FC
Summary: No old Oct snow here, and 12/19 layer(s) were subtle and inconsistent. There isn't much of a slab where we traveled either.
We planned to avoid all avalanche terrain where Oct snow existed; we stayed on more southerly aspects below 7500' to do so. We skied slopes in the low 30's. In steeper terrain, thin coverage would have been a bigger concern than avalanches below 7500' where we traveled.