Smugglers NotchWe were up at Smuggs' from 12/12 for a week. The colder temperature and the 23 inches that had fallen thoughout the week put a very nice covering on most of the slopes. I was told they had next to nothing before that and some were concerned about the same kind of thing you mentioned.
Beginner trail selection was very limited. For people who skied at the upper mountains, it was a different story. Even though only Sterling was opened for the better part of the week, there were enough snow and (range of) trails to make it exciting. Most of the trails turned more icy and scraped off as the week progressed though. The best condition was consistently found in the glades where the snow was knee deep.