Skied from Aspendell to top of Bishop Bowl (12100') today. At 0830 a firm Melt Freeze Crust was present on solar aspects and was supportable for skinning but only 5cm thick and allowed for 15cm boot pen. Turning the corner above the moraine onto more northerly slopes at 9800' and above led to pleasant surface facets that ranged from 20cm deep where sheltered and 2cm thick where sitting on top of firmer wind board. Some firm wind board presented some skinning challenged at 11500' and above but not enough to warrant ski crampons.
Skiing down at 1:30pm, found wind textured snow, facets that were moist but skied quite well and wet faux-corn on the moraine leading back to Aspendell. No signs of instability in near treeline elevation, and only minor pinwheeling off ski turns at 2:45 at 8800' on a SE aspect.
Broken skies in the AM led to clearing and above freezing temps at 12000.