Despite the seasonally mild temperatures, the all new snow remained cold and dry above 9000, and the new snow bonded well to the old snow surface. Below 9000, the new snow at the old snow interface was damp in it's first inch, with the upper layers dry. Above 9000 feet, there was a sensitive/reactive density break that was easily identified in hand shears. And even though this Storm Slab layer was reactive throughout the entire day, the shallowness of this Storm Slab was inconsequential. As this layer remained reactive even at the end of the day, it may still be an issue early on Saturday.
Fridays elevated daytime highs combined with a lack of overnight refreeze has contributed to damp/moist layers 12 to 18 inches down. As a result of the lack of surface refreezes, there was good riding on a spongy base in the 5 inches of new snow.
12 inch deep, 4 Finger Stubborn Wind Slabs were observed.