By all appearances they are seriously in need of more people on the mountain. I was bumming off wealthy relatives. $99 is a really good deal for lift ticket and housing. I think a day pass on Baldy is over $60. They don't even give a good discount for extended visits. They do run much better deals during non-peak times, however.
Watch the weather reports. The week I was there it was absolutely clear all week. The jet stream has shifted. All the weather they were getting early in the season was coming across Washington and Oregon. We drove across Oregon in a heavy snowstorm. When we crossed the border we didn't see a cloud the rest of the week until we left Boise for home.
I skied there last February. They have much better coverage this year. I tended to stay away from the popular blue runs except when I was warming up and when I got tired of the bumps. I really enjoyed the huge variety of bump runs. But there was no fresh snow during the Xmas break.