Dug near the surface on north and east facing slopes at 7,700': neither pit had frightening results: CT Hard Q3 within storm snow between graupel layers on east, and ECTX on North. 5-10mm surface hoar 50 cm down in the north facing pit--however inactive- made us curious to dig in further locations. North northwest 8,900 feet revealed no surface hoar and ECTX.
We also dug into the crown of the slide in UFO 3: 9800' east facing. Here the failure plane was 40cm down within the new storm snow, about 8 cm above the old/new interface that preceded this last round of storms. No sign of surface hoar at this location.
Avalanche cycle in the rear-view, and likely healed if all activity was in the new snow. Still, history of widespread surface hoar and it's presence in pit made for some uncertainty (might it be active in just the right spot?) and thus a moderate hazard