1420 / HS 85 / 1-2cm moist snow on surface / CLR / AirT > 0°C / 8500′ / NE along ridgeline / light wind out of the SW
1536 / HS 146 / dry top layer of snow 6cm then down to firm old snow surface / AirT 2.2°C / 9140′ / NE aspect atop slide / light wind out of SW
Toured off Highway 158 near the Fern Creek Trailhead at 1245 with CLR skies. Along our climb up the face just lookers L of the feature, we encountered 2-3cm (on average) of wet snow on top of a firmer crust which at times could make for challenging skinning conditions. Surface conditions varied as we ascended the face, finding everything from breakable crust, to just soft snow without a crust below in sheltered, treed areas. As we made our way up to the first bench, the layer of soft snow on top of the firm surface became thinner and thinner, making skinning thoughtful enough that we decided to simply boot the rest of the way to the top of the last roll before following the ridgeline to the top of the slide.
Conditions atop the slide showed evidence of a small amount of wind scouring and loading on opposite sides of the feature, however skiing once in the slide path was mostly soft, new snow. However, depending on the side of the feature you skied, you could encounter wind scouring. 2/3 of the way down the chute, coverage was shallow for approximately 100 vertical feet, with few exposed rocks. The old debris at the base of the slide, now a host to new snow on its surface, has plenty of icy blocks and chunks present beneath the soft snow.