Ahh, the early season debate. In my younger days I was always trying to push the season. Would hike for an hour or more to get 4 turns, mainly it was just a reason for the gang to get together and BS. Well, two incidents cured me from that and I will share.
One up on Mt. Rose backcountry area. Anyway, hike then skin up to the top, pull out an avalanche probe and check the depth of the snow. Good in the middle where it blows in, skies left or skier right not so good. Partner and I drop a couple runs down the middle, skin back up. Some other people show up, the middle gets pretty skied out, well one of the other group pushes his luck to the right, hits a rock under the snow at speed, over the handle bars and into a rock garden, shoulder messed up and bleeding from a head wound. Now we, get to help him off the mountain. Fun over.
Another time a friend, of a friend, of a friend, somehow got invited out with our group. Early season at a ski area, just skiing the well groomed runs. Second run, the "friend" goes off the side of the groomed run and hits a stump or a tree sticking out of the snow, broken leg, fun over. One of our group was a ski patroller so he goes into patroller mode and we get the guy to the hospital. That was the last time I went out "early" season.
Also don't forget the local that was killed in early season conditions in Ward Canyon last winter. The ski season is marathon not a sprint, 4 turns isn't worth it in the grand scheme.