Today's trip was conditions based as the first storm has largely melted in low elevations. Careful route finding and run choice were important as the snowpack changes quickly as you turn aspect. Found anywhere from HS <30 to HS80 in shady, protected areas where the wind was able to fill in. On eastern aspects, a dense, (almost) unbreakable melt/freeze crust exist under the new snow. At the ground, facet crystals are beginning to form. No signs of instability were observed.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Small, but sensitive and reactive cornice features have begun to develop quickly on leeward ridgelines. Skies were mostly cloudy with sporadic snow flurries. Moderate winds made the new snow overnight easily movable.
Observed Avalanche Problem #2:
Small, yet reactive wind slabs developed through the day that broke easily when skied across. Observed in high elevations, just below east/northeast ridgelines and leeward aspects.