Braved the forecasted winds of 85 mph gusts for a go at Laurel on the 22nd. We were pleasantly surprised by the under-performing winds and found very calm winds on the summit! We saw blowing snow on many peaks around, but generally blowing snow was limited. On the approach gully (SE aspect) the sun was heating up the snow and softening the sun crust despite the very cold temps. Higher up cold temps and light wind kept everything frozen with no signs of thawing. Two parties skied mendenhall on the 22nd and at least another skied it on the 21st, while one party skied pinner prior to us, likely on the 21st, and we skied it the 22nd. In pinner it was survival skiing. We found lots of frozen wet slide debris and chop, but thankfully no punchy crust in the couloir. Despite the difficult conditions the snow was always edgeable and there were occasionally enjoyable soft turns. The refrozen crust below laurel made for very difficult skiing on the exit back to the lake. I can't say I'd recommend skiing pinner until we get a refresh, but the coverage is great in the couloir.
We encountered no signs of unstable snow, rollerballs, or recent avalanches. The lake was well frozen and we skated across it, making for quick and easy travel.