The 7-10" of low-density new snow did not appreciably change the snow stability. Light to moderate N wind was forming fresh drifts up to 1.5-2' thick, but they were very small in spatial extent and did not seem big enough to be a significant hazard. The new snow buried a layer of surface hoar (in addition to surface facets) - time will tell if this becomes an issue.
The wind was blowing light to moderate at ridge level, forming small drifts. There was enough cloud cover that the sun was fairly diffuse, but solar took a bit of heat.
Primary objective was to see whether we buried SH and how widespread it is. I found it in 3 of 3 locations on shady/sheltered slopes. 2 of 3 had large, upright crystals, 1 had smaller, more needle-like grains that were less upright. The photos below show SH found at 7800' on a NW aspect. It's unclear how much of a problem this will be, especially since there is a significant layer of FCsf below the SH and today's HST will likely facet. Still, it was something to look at...
@6900', flat: HS 170, no 12/11
@NW, 7800': HS 225, 12/11 probed about 180cm down.
Although I saw small wind slabs, they were small enough that I wouldn't call them an avalanche problem
I didn't have any terrain closed in the morning trip plan, although I made a note to look for and avoid fresh wind drifts.