if you are unable to have fun on what little snow we have in Tahoe at the moment you either don't know how to ski or perhaps you should find another sport.
yes, conditions are meager and not at all close to what they've been like in seasons past, but there's still snow on the ground and schuss to be had.
TC skied with me and a crew of 7 rugrats on Sunday and remarked that it was one of the funnest days she's had in awhile. I actually showed her some stuff at The Star that she'd never skied before.
Sure, learning park is an option to increasing one's fun quotient, but it isn't the only one. Open your mind and ski the mountain, not the run.
I was at Rose yesterday and even though they only really had two top-to-bottom runs open I managed to find some super fun spines, some mini-mogul fields, and some buffed chalk to keep me entertained.
The fun is there, you just have to open your eyes and free your mind.
As for this whole mindset about preserving one's skis? C'mon, all skis are destined to become rock skis. Preventing their destiny is pointless, just ski the suckers and let them have fun, too.
On another note, I sparked up a conversation with this old coot from Reno yesterday, 72 years young and originally from Coney Island. He had the hugest smile on his face from skiing the meager offerings at Rose. Meeting that dude kind of put things in perspective: skiing should be fun, regardless of the snow conditions. If you can't have fun on even the sparsest of snow then I don't know what to tell you. But "Coney Island Rich" wasn't complaining. I hope that I'm still skiing when I'm 72.
Conversely, skiing with a crew of 8-to-11 y/o's also puts a nice spin on one's perspective and helps you look at the runs in a whole new way.
Remember, a bad day of skiing is still better than a good day at the office.