Our whole problem today was the snow is too deep.
Avalanche hazard was Considerable. @Avajane and I were new partners. Staying on <=30° slopes today was prudent but we paid the price.
From the trailhead to 3000' we encountered, as expected, rain crust over a few inches of rotten snow, weeds, rocks, stumps and dirt. Just above 3000' the crust quickly vanished and the snow got deeper with every switchback. In another hour we were knee deep in light Wenatchee Mtns powder.
After a quick lunch at the wind-scoured but scenic summit complex we stripped skins and picked a 30° descent.
As we left the summit I tested a small convexity and saw the top 2" peel off and slide in little blocks on the layer below it. This was extremely localized and certainly wind-affected. Within 2 turns we were back in loose pow to our knees.
Trouble started right away. We had to ski just about straight, because if we turned too much we'd stop in the powder on these shallow slopes. There were steeper options, but they'd been ruled out for the day. Another time. For today we would have to suffer through 2000 vertical feet of gentle slopes and open glades covered in champagne pow.
One of us would ski a short line, then set up with camera. The other would use that track to get up some momentum, then leave the track and make some turns for Hollywood.
The bottom (below 3000') still calls for rock skis. I came home with some new nicks.