My primary concern in the terrain I traveled in were wet snow issues. These did not become a significant problem today, but may in the coming days with additional warming and precipitation.
Afternoon tour to look at wet issues. Skies overcast to obscured. Winds light out of the W. Occasional S-1 graupel flurries, switching over to rain around 1700. I observed light rain with occasional periods of more intense rain between 1700 and 2000 in the general Stanley area.
No recent avalanches observed.
My primary objective was to look at wet snow issues at lower elevations in this area. The sun+ambient temp crust that formed on 2/9 and was first buried on 2/14 was intact where I traveled and likely preventing wet snow issues on direct solars (S-W). In flat terrain and on shaded aspects this crust is much weaker. In places it was ski supportable but in many others I was punching through to moist snow underneath. With warming temperatures and some fresh snow around to melt (and the potential for additional rain) I expect we may be dealing with some weird wet snow issues in the coming days.
Comments: Rose shaded based on where problem was expected to exist. The sun+ambient temp crust that formed on 2/9 and was first buried on 2/14 was intact where I traveled and likely preventing wet snow issues.
Avoided steep terrain traps where snowpack was getting wet and where the 2/14 crust was not supportable.