Quick tour this morning up Old Mammoth Road to check conditions. Snow was unconsolidated, which made flotation difficult, sinking in 2 - 2.5 feet. Encountered numerous buried sagebrush traps where the snow completely collapsed. Snow seemed otherwise stable though broke apart in large, fragile blocks as I approached the ridge overlooking Old Mammoth. I heard some sharp crashing sounds coming from Sherwin Ridge but was not able to see any evidence of avalanche activity. Observed considerable wind along the ridge and lots of blowing snow.