At Showers Lake, the PCT goes around one side, and there is a summer backpackers camp on the other side. It actually had bare ground. However, we needed to get a little farther away and behind some trees to avoid more wind. I could have sworn that we were at least 95 yards away. I was using a new GPS receiver, and I'll have to check to see which datum it is using.
The snow conditions were normal for this time of year. It was a bit slushy out in the direct sunlight of the meadows, and it was a bit icy back in the woods. The two inches of new snow was good, but the wind was blowing it off quickly. Overall, I have to say that it is good if I can ski in and out and never have to put on climbing skins or Maxiglide. Nor were the skis freezing up much. One adjustable ski pole decided to come apart, and I found only two of the three pieces, so I had to tape it together without the plastic adjuster and ski out that way. It could have been worse.
The snow cornices along the crest a few hundred yards west of us were big, but they were beginning to crumble and tumble.