Objective today was primarily terrain familiarity so obs were primarily surface-based while moving. Main stability issue was wet surface snow due to very warm temperatures. This was most pronounced at lower elevations and where the snowpack was shallow.
Moderate (occasionally strong) winds at upper elevations kept things a bit cooler than they would have otherwise been. Base of ski area was 48F on the truck thermometer at 3pm.
Smoky Dome Canyon
Upper and exposed middle elevations are extremely weather and variable. Sheltered/shady slopes at middle and upper elevations still hold dry surface facets. We rode one sunny, upper elevation slope at 1pm and it was wet at the surface, but still boot supportable. I suspect you could have peeled off the upper surface if you pushed on it, but not much more.
Surfaces down low were moist in the shade and wet on solar. Sled pen was close to the ground as we approached the base of the ski area around 3pm.
Comments: I didn't make direct observations on sensitivity - it's an estimate
We didn't have any terrain closed. Caution would have been warranted on any steep solar slope, especially down low.