With the weather forecast showing at least an ok day for Wednesday June 15, I made a few late inquiries and ended up deciding to ski the Paradise Glacier solo. Drove down the night before and stayed in the pleasant mostly empty Cougar Rock campground. Started up the normal route to Muir just before 8AM. Booted up the steep part of the Pan face on the left following another group who left a convenient trail. Skinning conditions were good with good grip and little sink. There was promise of the forecast partial clearing with occasional bright moments amidst the gray. Made it to Muir by noon where it was 36 degrees in the empty hut, a good place to escape the now persistent wind.
One of the independent climbers came over to check out the hut as a break from hanging out in his tent. He explained as how no one had summited, what with high winds and lousy visibility. Another feature was the persistent weak layer about two meters down in the high mountain snowpack, with the ongoing risk of a low probability climax avalanche of the size that ran down the Winthrop Glacier last week. That is, you might be one serac collapse or cornice fall away from disaster, so the NPS is recommending climbers just wait for safer conditions.
I headed down without delay as the visibility was deteriorating in flat light. The first thousand feet were easy noisy turns on smooth frozen shmoo. It was pretty good unconsolidated carvable wet snow to about 7000', then the usual slow warm slushy snow to the road. Because it was hard to see features and I was alone following a conservative path, my gps track is kind of wonky. One of the pictures shows a fracture line above me on the Cowlitz Glacier with the runout far to lookers right of the sort I'd never seen there before.
While the usual rocky spots are melting through, there is plenty of snow to ski for quite some time yet.