At the ending chapter of Girl's Last Tour, we can see the stone cube being a little bit damaged, but on the extra panels, we can see that the stone has something that looks like a hole.

At first, I thought it was because many years have passed, but it seems that's not the case since we can still see their footprints on the snow.

Any ideas?

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There are some possibilities to consider.

Time could have passed, but the footprints could still remain because it is not snowing

Consider for a moment why footprints in the snow disappear. More snow falls and covers them up, or the wind blows more snow onto them. Or the sun melts the snow. If none of these are happening, then the footprints could remain there indefinitely. Initially, I thought this theory was sunk as soon as I saw the cover and with Chito and Yuuri covered in snow, but this is clearly the result of their snowball fight in the last chapter, as it is only after that point that they are shown to have snow on them. During the last chapter, I had some difficulty figuring out if the pictures were showing snow or stars, but on pages 136-137, where the sun is rising and Yuuri and Chito are looking out at what's below them, we can see it is not snowing, so it is indeed stars. There are wispy clouds, but no snow. Also, though the picture is kind of difficult to decipher, Yuuri and Chito say they're going to the edge, so I think many of the clouds are actually below them, and they're looking at the layers beneath them.

So, it is not snowing on the top layer at any point during which we observe. Additionally, even though the sun comes up, it does not melt the snow. What possibilities can we infer from these things? Let us remember for a moment how high up the two of them are. Any atmosphere or weather up here might be artificial. And given the decaying state of the whole world, it wouldn't be strange if the weather was broken, and thus it isn't going to snow anymore. Would it be completely unreasonable to think that footprints would last for a very long time?

Now, one problem I have with this theory is that some of the footprints actually do seem to have disappeared. There should be some that go all the way back to the stairs, since that was their arrival point. To defend the theory, I would suggest wind and the sun may have removed some footprints, but that the cube is shielding the remaining footprints we see.

On the other hand, the cover picture of volume 6 does not show footprints to the staircase, even though it appears to be just after their snowball fight, so perhaps we don't need to go to such lengths to explain why those ones disappeared. The two may just not have left any noticeable footprints in the snow until they got closer to the cube.

Some amount of time passed, but it wasn't as long as we expect

We suspect a very long amount of time has passed because the degradation of the cube has increased by a large amount. But why? All of that could have happened at once, as it simply reached its breaking point and just fell away. Chito and Yuuri may even have purposely chipped away at it or used their last explosive on it (it is quite conspicuous that Chito mention their last explosive, but we don't see them use it). On the page after what you've shown in your question, we see a close up of the damaged spot, and there are some symbols on the black part. Maybe they wanted to see that. Or if it is a hole as everyone seems to believe, maybe they wanted to go inside to have a little bit of shelter from the cold. picture of cube with light part fractured away

We cannot determine how much time has actually passed just from the damage to the cube, and we cannot conclude whether it is unreasonable that the footprints would still be there (especially when you take the previous theory into consideration).

As far as Chito and Yuuri causing the damage, there is a fan theory that the cube transported them to the world of Shimeji Simulation. Not having read that manga, I can't speak much to it, but here's what tvtropes.org says:

Call-Back: Shimeji Simulation, being a work created by Tsukumizu, features a few references from Girls' Last Tour:

The first page of Chapter 1 features what looked like a wheat farm, and with Shijima's neighbours, who turn out to be identical to Chito and Yuuri, sitting at a bench on the top-right corner. This was almost identical to the final page of Girls' Last Tour's Volume 6, where Chito and Yuuri were standing at what looked like a wheat farm, as well.

Both Shijima and Majime later encounter a mysterious black cube on Chapter 8, when Majime comments about it having a modern feel. This is a reference to the almost identical black cube that Chito and Yuuri encountered after reaching the highest layer of the megacity in Girls' Last Tour's Grand Finale.

In Chapter 13, Shijima's neighbours look like Chito and Yuuri, as seen in Chapter 1's first page. There were many speculations and fan theories in regards to both of them being alive in Girls' Last Tour after their Big Sleep, and somehow got transported into this world through the mysterious black cube.

Chapter 42 has both Shijima and Majime wearing what appeared to be suspiciously identical helmets that Chito and Yuuri wore.

Though none of this is very relevant here, it is interesting that the cube is also in that story. Thus, if you want to see more of this cube, you can try reading Shimeji Simulation, and see if that helps with figuring out its secrets. Regardless of Shimeji Simulation, it is possible Chito and Yuuri used their explosive to damage the cube for some reason.

Scrapped Theories

While thinking things through, I came up with some alternate explanations, but decided against them for one reason or another. Since it's very unlikely we'll get any sort of canonical explanation, I'll include them anyway, since they might be of interest regardless of their faults.

This could be a different side of the cube

I'm fairly confident we do not see all sides of the cube, but for instance on page 138, we see a different side, and it has some different damage.So could we just be looking at a side of the cube we haven't seen?

Probably not, actually. I do not think this possibility is very likely, because we see Chito and Yuuri's stuff is still there. They could have moved it, but continuing from the preceding scene, it is very likely the intent is to convey a continuity of the same space. The staircase is also shown, the positioning of which should help us determine whether it is the same face of the cube.

The Cube Is Covered in Snow/Sleet

This theory requires a reinterpretation of the picture above. My first impression was actually that the black part was a material, due to the odd texture, rather than shadows showing the inside of the cube, and that's what led me to this theory. The cube is described as "black slate" by Yuuri and Chito, so it struck me as odd that the cube is simply depicted as white in a black-and-white manga when it's described as black. Thus, I wondered if the white parts were sleet or snow covering the actual cube, and that's what came apart. I furthermore noticed that in the picture I've included, the white pieces that fell off the cube are actually melding into the snow. And I should probably mention I interpreted the symbols as being drawn on top of the black part, rather than being glowing symbols inside the darkness.

In the case that this were the true interpretation, snow is obviously more fragile than slate, and thus it wouldn't require a whole lot of time to pass for the degredation we see to happen. Yuuri and Chito may have even just chiseled it off themselves (perhaps in order to see the slate and symbols underneath).

With regards to this theory, however, I trust everyone else's interpretation of the cube more than my own initial one, so I suspect that the black part being shadow is probably correct. Furthermore, looking up pictures of slate did actually show me some odd light black colors in some cases.

light black slate

As can be seen, the shininess could lead one to depict this as white. I don't know much about shading a manga or about slate, so I'll leave it at that.

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