I think an unstable snowpack is really just a fact of life for Colorado. Also, there are some areas in CO that have a real chance of skiing natural snow in October, and we aren't rooting for it to melt off. :)
It wouldn't be unstable if it gets buried before it really gets a chance to facet up, and we do have another storm rolling through. I'm very happy that the Colorado moisture has turned to snow rather than flooding, washing out roads, and making my commute hell.
I think the biggest reasonable thing to hope for is a snowpack deep enough to prevent slides from being able to step down to the ground facet layer- the layer that is usually there, either from early season snow or just depth hoar that develops through the year. EDIT- I guess I need to refresh my snow stability education- I though depth hoar formation occurs throughout the year, but it doesn't really happen after the snowpack gets deep. Still, most seasons in Colorado are going to have depth hoar. I think it would be better to train people to expect it.
The meager snowpack the last two years has been the biggest issue, where the snowpack is small enough to routinely trigger climax slides.
Edited by anachronism - 9/24/13 at 10:23am