The wind had scoured all the new snow off the mountain after this point. The rock section had mini-cornices that needed to be negotiated. We probably should've turned around and skied the sweet powder in the trees on the lower portion of the ridge, but we trudged on. We made it to the convergence of the West and South West ridges and started towards the summit. We started across a small windslab on a low angle, it settled. There was a much larger windslab further up on steeper terrain. I called it. It sucked to stop 200 feet shy, but it wasn't worth the risk.
West/SW Ridge Convergence
We booted down the West ridge since there wasn't enough snow to ski. At around 10,000 feet I was able to finally put my skis on. I stayed right on the ridge due to the instabilities of the snowpack. Chris was on tele gear and booted further down to where the ridge widens.
SW Ridge Rock Section
I dropped down off the ridge through the trees and skied right up to the deposition zone of a recent avalanche. I could see that it had come off of the NW aspect. I turned my beacon over to "search", but luckily... nothing.
After a 9 hour up-and-over, we were at the truck, changed, and driving down to cheeseburger bliss in Hailey.