This was a short afternoon tour with minimal obs.
Cloud cover and sputtery precip seemed to dampen the effects of the sun today. We did not travel on due S, but the snow was slightly heavier on W and SW than on more shaded/treed W. I don't think there was enough sun to form a crust today but I don't feel very confident about that.
The wind was blowing light gusting to moderate in mid elevations. There was a little snow moving but not a lot. I imagine there was some active loading on upper elevation ridges.
No formal obs, just some pole pokes and hand pits. No obvious instabilities within the storm snow. On solar the HST was sitting atop hard crusts. On shadier W, there was an ugly soft crust/10cm thick FC/hard crust layer beneath the HST (see photo). This was from the 4/4 storm atop the old drought crust. There wasn't much of a slab in sheltered terrain. Curious how this layer would look on N aspects.
We did not observe any problems in the mellow terrain we were in. I would expect wind slabs to be a significant problem but we were not in terrain where we would see them.
We stuck to sheltered, mid-elevation terrain less than 35 degrees.