In general we found a mostly stable snowpack. We dug a pit at 2400' looking for evidence of any buried surface hoar or near surface facets from Dec.21-24th. We did not find either. We dug to the Thanksgiving crust, but it was too deep to perform any tests.
Average height of snow at 2400' was 220cm.
Pit at 2400', WSW aspect. 27* slope, HS=225cm, Thanksgiving crust was 170cm (5.5') below the surface. On top of it were 1F hard 2mm sized loose melt/freeze grains. Snow above these loose m/f grains was Pencil hard. Above was mostly right side up snow with the exception of several density changes within the top 2.5' of snow. All new snow from last storm cycle. Test results did not show any propagation potential (ECTX.) CT16 Q2 1.5' below surface and CT23 Q2 at 2' below surface.
Hand sheer tests were easy to moderate in places where the snow surface felt denser and wind hardened. Most hand sheers did not have a clean sheer with the exception of a few in the low valley. Failure occurred on density changes within new snow.