Toured up from Tamarack Lodge and hiked up to the Sherwin ridgeline. Snow was almost non-existent at lower elevations (~8900′) getting up to the ridge, with moderate SW winds. The snow that was present was rotten facets, with boot penetration varying from 2cm to almost 45cm. Winds increased as we gained the ridge, and steadily increased to strong, still out of the SW, as we hiked across to the entrance to Rock Chute. The snow in Rock Chute was firm and icy in the throat of the chute, with coverage marginal and rocks exposed. From the center of the chute, snow became more rotten and faceted working your way towards the walls.
Skiing Mine Shaft back to the car, coverage was dwindling but we could gain the road again with only a brief 3min section of walking. The snow in Mine Shaft, which was in the sun when we dropped, was softer facets on top of ice. About 300′ down the run, the surface changed to very slick and barely edgeable ice. These surfaces are what will be buried by the incoming snow, and will be important to keep in mind.