The last few months have been horrible for the snowpack in northern Nevada and the Sierra so it was expected that the conditions would be less than ideal. Since the lines we initially had in mind had been nearly completely melted out, we were forced to look for only north aspects. The southern end of near Little Den and Bald Mountain looked to be the only areas we were unlikely to get skunked. Although the snow was getting extremely thin, our desert ski mountaineering experience has shown that spring conditions are ideal. An area that looks like a nice powder face is likely rocks covered by thin snow. For this reason spring conditions make it less guesswork to choose a line. If it's white, you can ride it!
We rode some white.
Our line is on the right side and is not visible from this angle.