The vast majority of "problems" that people complain about on this site, and about skiing in general are first world problems. It's a matter of relatively.
I didn't mention a specific mountain so I'm not sure who you're referring to as being 100% open. There was a severe lack of snow from December to mod-April though. I remember seeing bare spots at beaver creek mid mountain in February. Any skiing is good, but, relative to other years the skiing did suck until about mid April, at which point nearly all the ski areas were closed or closing within the next 1-2 weeks.
I'm trying to remember. I don't think I experienced terrible conditions at Breck. I did experience horrible, terrible, no-good conditions at Big Sky in March, followed by "snow that will kill you" levels of warmth at Beaver in Utah, where I was skiing on something whose texture I can't even describe (not to be confused with Beaver Creek in Colorado), and decided not to bother skiing Alta while I was in Utah, although the pneumonia definitely played into my decision. Although I didn't know it was pneumonia at the time.
Breck was an outlier last year. Even though they've been known to inflate their numbers, they did get more snow that their neighbors.
Last year was nowhere near as bad as 11/12 and 12/13 and 01/02 and so on and so forth. I didn't have a single day of horrible conditions in Summit County. I had a pretty bad day at Powderhorn in late March but even there when I found the right sun angle I found the goods. I did hear about some really horrible conditions at Steamboat from some friends but for me it was about an average year compared to my 25 years of skiing in Summit County mostly. I had some truly outstanding days in December and some more truly outstanding days in April and May and some relatively decent days in between.
That said, I believe skiing was inconsistent across the state, from area to area, seemed like; and my crud, crust and windblow skis got more workout than usual, while my pure powder skis got less, especially in skiNEwhere's time frame for "sucks." So I can see that for some folks, especially powder hounds, it might have seemed below average.
Plus, it seemed a lot of snow fall happened in the day & afternoon, rather than overnight, meaning fewer untracked mornings.
Maybe "suck" is too strong a word. I think "inconsistent" would be a better word to describe this last season, considering that the storms were limited and seemingly more erratic and harder to forecast.
I was here for the "winter" of 11-12, which was indisputably bad. Relative to that, the December-mid April was bearable, not too bad, but not great. If that's the worst ski season I ever had for the rest of my ski career, I'd be fine with that.