We skied Penguin from the false summit at ~4100′ WSW aspect. It was sunny and cold with very light wind. Snowpack ranged from nothing to 100+cm on leeward, upper elevation terrain. Some subtle cracking and small wind slabs were reactive on leeward terrain near ridge line. The powder was dry and light. We skied from ~4100′ to ~3000′, although the snowpack was significantly thinner and more variable below ~3500′. We hiked in shoes with cleats up to ~3000′, and skinned from there. The terrain trap, avalanche gully approach on the summer trail was basically snow free and icy; no avalanches have come down it yet.
Blankets of large (1-1.5 cm) surface hoar crystals on SW-W aspects in Arctic Valley yesterday. Pockets of pretty hard wind-affected snow on N aspect of RV Peak.