Not a bad consolation prize to ski a couple thousand feet of vert on mostly good powder.
I've recently been making a concerted effort to go lite in the alpine which led to the decision to only bring the 4 oz bottle for melting snow. An MSR reactor with 4 oz bottle makes about 8 liters of water from melted snow at an elevation of 5570ft which turned out to be good only for our needs Saturday with a few liters left over after dinner.
I did get to test my new Mountain Laurel Super Mid and it worked fantastic in the moderate winds and snow, and saved me about five lbs over my trango 2. I was surprised at the amount of condensation my Neanderthal mouth breathing produced which later froze and we had a mini snow storm when we started banging around.
I also was using for the first time on snow a sleep system that included a sub 2lb Enlightened down quilt, with a Mountain Laurel .5 lb super light bivy and a MSR Neo Xtherm sleep pad at 15 oz. I also wore a Patagonia nano puff and a Mountain Hardware (some type of synthetic) jacket, camp booties and a hat. It got down (according to the weather forecast) into the mid 20s and I was toasty in that sleep system.
Basically I went from a 15-20lb tent/sleep system to one of less then 7lbs and my legs and back thanked me on the approach.
Sean is a much better skier then I and as such I did more post holing then he did. I would recommend a few more freeze thaw days/nights before the couloir will be in prime boot packing condition. The snow on the glacier was not particularly fun to hike up, which I only did for about 100 feet before I switched back to skinning.
Overall great trip in a beautiful area with a solid partner and thanks to the shitty weather it kept the riff raff away.
Approach from the second bridge to the lake is breakable crust and is a pain to punch step through.