Snow doesn't like rapid changes. 4ft of snow in such a short time is most definitely rapid change. Unusual even for Tahoe. Vibes to all the people involved. Sad day.
My avatar pic is from the top of Quail Face, 55 Chutes, just after a 3' dump, but it was late February with a solid base. I was a bit apprehensive, but we were staying right near Homewood, and I heard the bombs going off all morning before we went out. That made me feel a little better about dropping in...I might cartwheel down the hill, but at least I figured I wouldn't get buried. I did neither. Great rush! Got me ready for Kirkwood!