I did not encounter slabs large enough to be of concern, but it would not have surprised me in the right terrain.
Mostly cloudy with some filtered sun. Very cold. Wind chill was frigid. Light to moderate wind from the N and NE. Flagging and obvious drifting/sifting at times at upper elevation.
I saw two small loose snow avalanches. I think the one by Chocolate Gulch was likely yesterday afternoon. I saw another on an E-face at the head of Bluff Ck just over the Smoky Crest. It was unclear if that was from this morning's sun breaks or from yesterday.
S at 9,100', low angle slope:
A mixed bag of crust and facet layers. The depth, thickness, and strength of these layers varied greatly depending on aspect and slope angle. ECTNs down 10 cm.
0-8 new snow with a thin layer of facets underneath.
8-10 crust with facets below.
10-15 small facet layer.
15-17 crust with facets below.
17-37 facets with perc. columns.
37-39 re-frozen meltwater (pooling layer)
39-> stronger P rounding facets
NE at 9,500':
A very weak upper snowpack. I would not want to encounter this setup where the slab was more uniformly dense. In this location, snowpack tests produced ECTXs and ECTNs in a layer of surface hoar on the upper obvious stripe and ECTNs and ECTPs (6 and 7 taps) on the lower stripe.
Comments: Hard to imagine not finding a wind slab in favorable terrain.
I skied short steep slopes without an obvious recent wind load. I would have avoided upper elevation N-NE with any wind-press or recent loading.