Skinned up from the Mat-Su park sled hill to peak 4,068 (unsure of common name). Pit test at 3,600′ on the shoulder of 4,068, ECTN27. Made several laps off of 4,068 and spots farther south along the ridge line toward Government Peak. Skied back down our skin track to exit.
Sunny with passing high level clouds in the afternoon. The snow was exhibiting sings of warming in the sun, clumping on skins, freezing to the base of our skis, small pin wheels were forming in sluff, etc. Very light breeze was present at the valley floor, nothing noticed on the ridges.
Decomposing precipitation particles.
ECT performed near 3,600' on the shoulder of peak 4,068, 28 degree slope on a southerly aspect. Result was failure at 27 taps, appeared to be at the interface of the past week's storm cycle and the older snow; it was not impressive in terms of energy or sheer quality.