The reason the season has been declared by the NE industry as the worst in the modern ski history are the skiers, NOT the weather. Everybody wants snowstorms and cold temperatures around Christmas ,holidays , school breaks ,etc. Well , there is no storms around those dates and there some rain and warm weather here and there. So what -- go and ski whatever you have or travel some more to find better snow or adapt your schedule if you only want to ski prime conditions and go ski them. Yesterday Jay Peak was deserted and there was powder there (see pic above) -- so do we blame the weather again ? I don't buy this. And, as it was mentioned before even the smoking end of season deals can't attract more skiers... But it is what it is, the industry decline is everywhere, not in NE only .
I'm having a hard time following this... the bad season in New England wasn't due to the weather? That the warm/rain just picked the wrong times to hit? I live within sight of my mountain, and as the crow flies, within 50 miles of just about every major ski area in northern Vermont, and some in the Adirondacks as well. So the weather I check every morning before walking out the door to work is pretty well applicable to Vermont ski areas. I spent every weekend this season on the mountain, not just the vacation times. And I'll tell you, it wasn't just bad timing for the bad weather. It was a pretty consistent thing, all season long. Just because there were some clipper systems here and there that brought in 3 or 4 inches at times doesn't mean that the weather wasn't awful.
Trying to tag skiers for being too picky, and saying they should just "ski whatever you have" is somewhat ridiculous, too. Skiing is a recreational activity. The main reason people ski is to enjoy themselves. Skiing in the rain can be pretty miserable. Lots of people hate to ski on solid ice, which we had a lot of this season when the completely saturated snow pack would refreeze solid after a rain event. Other people enjoy skiing trees, that's what they really want to do. There wasn't really any of that this season. As someone who is compelled to be on the mountain regardless of conditions or weather, I can tell you it is completely possible to be utterly miserable while skiing, and to not enjoy the experience. If wasn't not forced to be there, why would I be? If I'm not having fun in a recreational activity, why would I be doing it at all?
As far as saying "oh, well if you want great conditions, just go somewhere else." Not so easy when someone has sunk their entire skiing budget into a season pass, especially if it's the only way they can afford to get out there on any regularity. Other people don't have the time or resources to travel from place to place. Some people only go to their local hill to night ski or on random days off from work, so a trip elsewhere isn't happening. Others have condos or houses at the mountain of their choice.
In short, trying to blame skiers for being too finicky is a dead end. The point of skiing is to have fun. If the weather precludes having fun, people aren't going to ski. That's not the skier's fault. Skiing isn't something people have to do.