Thankful for a strong freeze last night! Crusts were supportable all the way through our exit at 1300. NW winds were creating noticeable plumes of snow off the ridgelines at sunrise, but conveniently died down by the time we reached treeline mid-morning. Above treeline, wind effect was obvious and we observed isolated cracking of thin wind slabs. Aside from the ridgeline itself, the wind effect was most noticeable looking into the NW bowl of Galena, where there were large wind ripples (see attached photo). We skied a southerly aspect around noon and enjoyed a few inches of creamy powder on top of a supportable crust. Steeper sheltered areas held dry snow that sluffed easily, consistent with what was reported by the AM forecast. Cold am air temps + morning wind kept most snow surfaces on the cooler side through our exit - no wet slides observed.