Actually also attempted Mt Howard last Sunday (appreciated the tracks), and there was a good hard crust on top then. Anywhere susceptible to being wind affected was scoured free. Looked like the temps had risen enough that any of the new snow (from Nov 11) not blown away had melted below ~2200m. So on the lee slopes of the second last highpoint for example, there was a double crust with facets/goblets. We started across it noticing the foot steps since the consequences appeared relatively low, and with the crust we personally felt it was solid. Too much work cutting steps though, so we went back to the wind and ridge. The crust was hard, but not hard enough that self arresting was any problem when you get your weight up and push the axe in. On other spots along the descent ridge on the way back we got up a fair bit of speed very quickly.
Personally I'd say the mountain was still in good condition (except for the wind - interesting to compare one's experience to Nakiska ridge top data).
EEOW was bare on Saturday via the SW slopes.