Today, we toured Ward Moutain from 4200 ft to 8500 ft along the summer trail. We chose to ski simple low-angle terrain due to rapid thawing. Below 6000ft, the snow was extremely sticky, and it was easy to punch through to the ground. Above 6000ft, the skiing improved but remained moist and above freezing.
Strong ridge top winds out of the NE led us to turn around before the summit.
At 8500 ft, east facing, we found a uniform snowpack in the top 4 feet (120cm) with no instabilities in tests. The top 2.5 inches (6cm) were wet, easily making a snowball, the snow below remained dry below.