An Avy 2 group went for a short skin to the top of Repeater Ridge for observation training. Surface hoar was present on S, W, and NW aspects at 8900ft prior to 1200hrs (probably present for all aspects in the surrounding area at similar elevation. The surface hoar was still present in shaded areas and NW aspects around 1600hrs, while it had flatted and rounded in sunny areas/direct sunlight. Ripples formed from NW winds were present on top of Repeater Ridge. We dug pits to ground level in order to view the entire season's snowpack.
The snowpack was 150cm deep. The majority of the snowpack, >35cm, was observed to be stable. ~30cm there was melt/freeze crust where instability was observed via PST test and facets.