Toured up to 10300ft in the Habegger glades area. Skiing conditions are quite variable to say the least with exposed rain crust, sastrugi, breakable crusts and some deposits of softer surface snow where there is some shelter from the extreme winds we have been enduring. Around 1pm the lower west facing slopes above the SF Bishop creek community were softened by solar gain, but are already quite thin and punchy around the shrubs. A bit of blown in and residual powder was found on N facing aspects in depressions within in the trees, but for the most part pretty unenlightening skiing. No signs of instability, getting down safely was the biggest hazard.
Snowpit dug @ 10,253ft 338deg NW aspect, 24deg slope (in sheltered N facing trees)
CTH28 Q3 at 25cm below surface on .5cm thick rain crust.
Other than the thin rain crust 25cm down, right side up snowpack, Fist down to 1F consolidated snow
Cranking SW winds all day made for unpleasent travel, getting pelted by suspended ice particles. Obvious wind transport of snow up high. Clouds started rolling in over the crest of the Sierra around 2pm, but for the most part it was sunny and felt warm in the sun.
Temperature was 27F at 10200ft at 300pm