The Monarch backcountry is starting to come in. I spent the day out Tuesday and found a variety of conditions, most of which were sketchy at best. Lots of fracture lines, lots of woomphing, and a little bit of snow movement + evidence of BIG previous slides...but we still managed to get some really good turns.
When we came up on our second run, and the line I had planned to ski we saw this crown:
It ran over the next roll through the chutes all the way down to the lakes.
Here is one of the "Big Boys" on Taco, it is hard to get a feel for the vertical from a picture but I estimate it at 100':
I usually get my backcountry forecasts from the CAIC: CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
and from my own observations.