Toured to top Mammoth Crest via Red Cone today, with the mindset that skiing bad snow with a good view was going to be better than skiing bad snow lower in the trees.
New snow totals were 1-2cm along skin track, with the deepest wind blown deposits measuring 5-7cm. This new snow did not have any slabbiness to it, and only minor surface cracking was found along exposed ridgetops. (pic attached). Wind affect in the bowl was evident with plenty of raised tracks, though alleys of wind textured snow provided pleasant skiing. In areas unaffected by snow and wind, the upper snowpack is comprised of near surface facets, and the wind crusts that had been problematic to ski earlier in the week are beginning to facet out.