First day of the season for me, and I was pleasantly surprised with the conditions. I didn't make it out until around 8:30 (got into town about 1 am...), but I found it fairly easy to avoid the crowds and never waited much more than 5 minutes.
The top is a sheet of ice, but I found patches of good snow in the rocks to skier's right of Cornice and on Climax. You need extreme caution and good visibility, though, because it's very low tide and patches of ice pop out of nowhere. It looks like they're widening Stump Alley every day since it opened, but it still gets thin, narrow, and icy at the bottom. There's a narrow line of soft snow in the 'gully' on skier's right of that run, but I think everyone else found it by the end of the day. Mambo was an excellent alternative, with lower skier density and generally softer snow. Saddle Bowl and the lower 2/3 of Center Bowl had great snow once the wind machine kicked in around 11 am. But the best snow of the day was on Fascination. Even though it required crossing the ice fields of Silver Tip, I was amazed at how few people were skiing there.
Sure, there's not as much terrain as last year at this time, but it's still possible to have a great, full day on what's open.
“Oh, yeah, you are going to get nailed.” - Meteorologist Dawn Fishler
"Fishing season starts soon and the ice should be gone and the snow should recede. If it hasn’t, just go skiing." - Dave McCoy