-Toured up from Twin Lakes (7100'), up Horse Creek Drainage to Matterhorn Basin, Ski Dreams, and back.
-Cold day, but no wind (totally calm all day long even at ridgetops at 12,000'). Skies started blue, high thin clouds developed by noon, by 4pm skies were overcast.
-No conerning signs of instability today. A few VERY small wet point releases on SE facing slopes between 10-11,000'. Handpits throughout showed some areas of slightly denser wind deposited snow, but overall shears were moderate to hard, and mostly rough.
-7100': ~6-10" total snow depth.
-12pm, 9600', SE facing 35deg slope: Air temp=-6 C, top 2-3cm of surface snow slightly moist, below that cold and dry. Thin high clouds covering half of sky.
-E facing slope, 9700': Total snow depth 300cm. 90 cm down melt freeze crust. 230cm down, probed a less dense layer ~40cm thick.
-NE facing slope, 10,000': Total snow depth 430cm. Right-side-up snowpack. Unconcerning CT test results. Mosst noteable Q3 shear 65cm down with hard force (CT25 Q3).
-2:30pm, 11,000', NNW facing slope, 32deg slope: Air temp=-7.5 C, surf temp=-12 C, 10cm temp=-14.5 C, 20cm temp=-13.5 C, 30cm temp=-12.5 C, 40cm temp=-12.5 C. 400cm total snow depth. 0-45cm=Fist (CT3 Q3 10cm down), 45-110cm=1 finger, 110-155cm=Pencil. No concerning CT test results.
-LOTS of evidence of avalanche activity occuring during last storm, ranging from small (1ft), to quite large (~8ft crown up near 12,000' on NE facing slope just below ridgeline.)
*Coverage was plenty good to ski lower slopes down to lake. Snow quality was very good throughout tour.