Went to Cardiff Pass from Alta yesterday, and skied short laps in upper Cardiff east of Cardiac Bowl, NW-, W-, and E/NE-facing, angles approaching upper 30s, and then returned by skiing the SE face of Cardiff Peak. In a handpit just off the pass on the NW aspect, I got a Q2 shear a few inches below the surface, and a Q3 one about half a foot below that, and nothing else. This top layer would produce minor cracks when traveling but was otherwise unreactive to skiing. Found a surprisingly homogenous and strong snow structure all the way to the ground (120 cm deep just off the ridge, probably less farther down) on the N/NE-facing side of the ridge that runs north into Cardiff from the prominence just west of Cardiff Peak. Some areas, near rocks and ridgetops, had a much thinner snowpack which felt weak at the bottom with hard enough pole probing to penetrate the stronger snow above, which did not feel sensitive to my weight. However, across the canyon we saw an avalanche on Mt Baldy released by control work, and saw where several other recent results had been obtained there.
The snow was very nice dense creamy powder or settled powder on all aspects except S and SW, which had a sun crust.
In conclusion there were pockets of moderate hazard for cameras rolling all the way down the slope and considerable danger of core shots.