Mfa81, I know exactly how you feel (EXCEPT that I'm on the Ice Coast, so my crappy conditions are worse than yours). Would it be a consolation if I tell you this:
every time we went for a ski trip (like you, we have about 15 days in 3 trips so far), conditions were *supposed* to improve right after we left, so we had been upset about leaving every time. BUT despite forecasts, it only got worse each time, in different ways. (One time the forecast had snow in it; in reality, there were strong winds and no snow. Another time it was supposed to get warmer after a polar vortex - well it did get warmer, with a rain, for a day, then another polar vortex came.) Interestingly, it does make me happier to know that I didn't miss anything by not staying a couple more days. But of course it's upsetting in general that there hasn't been enough snow, and that another ski trip this season wouldn't have great skiing.
To folks who tell us to just "ski more", like drop everything, forget your responsibilities, become a ski bum... Well, for most us there's also some life that we are living beside skiing. Please don't be so condescending to an average recreational skier. We really appreciate all the priceless advice and info that this forum provides.
I guess your attitude depends a lot on the situation. If you're able to ski 40-50 days a year, own a season pass, live within an easy drive to a nice mountain and have a flexible work schedule...Sure, you can enjoy great skiing one day and be satisfied with "just okay" conditions another day. But if you don't ski as much and actually pay per day of skiing (lift tickets, lodging, ski school for kids), it is frustrating to pay just as much for conditions that aren't adequate. Lift ticket costs the same even if half the trails are closed, right?
All our skiing this year has been on ice. (The only snow week there was, we couldn't get out of work.) Yes, I'm becoming a better ice skier, more aware of proper stance and balance on ice. Can even handle bumps with rocks now. But is it worth it? I'm not entirely sure. We're thinking another ski trip in mid-March, for 4 or 5 days. For a family of 4, it would cost about $2000 (with the most economical & careful planning). Do we want more ice skiing or maybe put that money toward a trip out West next year?