Steep, rocky, upper elevation terrain in this region never really developed a thick, solid snowpack this season. In addition, the very cold January temperatures added insult to injury. As a result the overall strength of the pack is super weak and remains suspect. Helping to hold things together is a thin heat crust from the meltdown two weeks ago.
Ted points to a thin heat crust. Above that a four finger slab from last week storm... below is nothin' but shugga.