If it snows, all the better, we have a fresh coat on the groomers.
Hopefully it won't rain, that would suck.
Maybe one day, when I grow up, I'll graduate to powder and moguls....
On the one hand, it matters. If day time temps are in the 20s during your ski trip, the groomers will be different than if there is a warm up into the 40s with freezing temps overnight. The groomers will be more fun with 4-5 inches of fresh snow on top of the base. But at the same time, it doesn't make that much difference so watching the weather is less important. For instance, a powder hound with a quiver might bring different skis depending on the weather forecast.
For my trips out west that are planned months in advanced, I usually manage to not look at the weather in detail until a week or two beforehand. Anything much before then is rarely relevant. That said, I still read first hand reports for where I'm going.
It can matter in the following ways:
Comfort--Temperature, winds, precipitation
Melt/freeze or rain/freeze--Frozen corderoy in the mornings
Soft groom, new snow, or above freezing at night--Nice at first, but progesses to a chewed up mess.
I spent last March in Summit County, CO. For the region it was a particularly warm, dry month they tell me. I am from the mid-Atlantic and tolerate what pass for sub-par conditions in the West fairly well. I thoroughly enjoyed that whole month and fell into a relaxed pattern where each day I casually rolled into a different Vail resort at about 11am. By that time any refrozen trail surfaces had softened and the snow was a pleasure to ski for the rest of the day. I especially enjoyed skiing bump runs that had been firm and less forgiving before the mild weather. During that month my frequent refrain was, "if you can't have fresh snow, day after day of sunny, 45 degree temps under blue skies isn't a bad alternative." BTW, I don't ever recall being bothered by rain above any of the bases at the areas I visited during that month.
You have a good attitude and I think you and family will have a great time.
Hmmm.... because it doesn't agree with you?
Nice corduroy is a joy. Refrozen cord is it's own kind of torture.
I try to enjoy my skiing from a variety of different perspectives. Sure, perfect corduroy and fresh powder can make the day more enjoyable but you can always work on a new challenge, a new skill or try to refine what you've got. Or if you're like me, take pleasure in suffering for a good cause - then the weather is less bothersome.
Here's my example from my experience... I'm also a groomer-only skier.
I skied out west at Vail for the first time last year. I had heard how great conditions were likely to be, but they'd had some warm weather. Thankfully they got 7" the day before we got there which helped refresh things. The first day conditions on the groomers were really good - smooth snow, not much ice - equivalent to very good conditions for the mid-Atlantic where I usually ski. So it was good - but not the amazing stories I'd heard. Conditions got a bit worse each day after that as the warm weather deteriorated them - harder, icy spots, etc.
Then I went to Aspen this year, where they got 40" and really cold temps in the couple of days before I got there. NOW I finally got to experience what great conditions are like on groomers. Everything the first morning was soft, turns were easier, everything was smoother, and it makes you feel like you're better than you are. It was fantastic.
So yes, the weather still matters to me, even as a groomer-only skier. And of course, get out there early, because groomers are best first thing in the morning too!
Sure it can matter.
But I bet it won't matter enough to stop you and your daughter from having a great time. Especially if the weather turns, but you're willing to ski anyway and ask for local intel on where -- and where not -- to ski (lifties, ski hosts, ski patrol, instructors).
Example: A few years ago in Sun Valley with my wife, it was drizzling very lightly at the bottom, and snowing wetly at the top. A grizzled ski host recommended the opposite of what I would have guessed. He said stay down low and ski all by yourselves until you're wet. It turned out to be a great day. At 1:30, just before our clothes broke through and we quit, we were still skiing over untracked, rain-softened corduroy. We later found out that there were less than 500 people skiing that day. Best day ever? Of course not, but one we'll never forget!
You can't really go wrong in most conditions out west. Cold & snowy is great. Warm & sunny is enjoyable to and feels great to have laid back spring days.
The only conditions I find that are not super enjoyable when you get a day of clouds, flat light, and/or wind after a warm sunny day where the mountain turns into boilerplate and never softens up. Particularly if they groomed when the snow was still soft and temps above freezing from the day before.
The quality of groomers is dependent on the mountain terrain and snowpack base itself, the weather, and the groomer crew.
It's like baking a cake. you need the right baking ingredients, the right baking equipment, and the right baker to put it all together.
BUT, with respect to the weather, the main thing to take away is if there's nothing you can do about it, don't worry about it. No use worrying about things you can't change
I'll say, if your skis are tuned well and you have good technique then you'll be able to have a better time in these tough winters. Yea the snowmakers and groomers can really do magic. Make sure you say thinks to the mt Op's guy's if you see then around the hill.