I'm right there with you.
I finally went up this weekend.
Drove up to Truckee Friday night. It was off/on rain the whole way. It turned to snow at the pass, which was a good sign (or so I thought). By the time Ir reached my cabin there was a nice dusting on the road and the plows had been out (had to pop it into 4x4 to bust the burm into the driveway).
Sadly, when I got up Saturday all the snow from the night before had turned to slush, ice, and melted away. Nixed skiing and took my new Spatulas to TC Porters to get mounted. Visited all the local shops looking for deals on bindings (contrary to their website, Start Haus is sold out of all last season's bindings...when are folks gonna learn to update their sites?) and skis (didn't find any, unless you're into paying $650 for a pair of new 190cm Explosivs).
Sunday when I woke up there was about 5" of fresh on our deck and in the driveway. I loaded up, drove to TC to grab my boots, and hit Alpine Meadows.
Despite the "storm" from Friday night and Saturday night, coverage around N. Lake Tahoe is grim. The skiing at Alpine was kind of grim, as well. They basically have the terrain lift (Kangaroo), the mid-mountain lift (Roundhouse) and two beginner lifts open. Roundhouse is usually a great lift that gives you access to a bunch of terrain, but sadly the only thing worth riding (unless you like rocks and shrubs) is the one intermediate run to the left as your going up the lift.
I took my first run over by Waterfall, which started out with some great binding deep silky powder, but quickly ended up being a dodge fest between hidden chunks of rock and shrubs. I opted for skiing the shrubs, as they didn't grate the skis like cheddar cheese.
Second run I went underneath the lift. Bad Move. It was a mine field, despite looking like sweet silk. I'd make a turn, then hit a rock, turn, rock, popped outta my skis on the 4th turn after hitting a hidden rock head on. Folks were down all over the run, with one guy nursing a broken arm!
I quickly gave up my zealousness for the more challenging runs and succumbed to the groomer which everybody else was on. Did 4 runs on it and got bored. Skied to my truck (figured I had already turned my Karmas into rock skis, riding them in the parking lot wasn't gonna do much more damage, plus there was enough coverage).
I guess it was an okay first day, but nothing stellar (still kind of reeling that they're now charging full ticket price for such limited terrain). I think I like spring skiing/end of the season much better than beginning of the season. Of course it all depends on the coverage. And Alpine's coverage is pretty sparse (Squaw didn't look much better...I scoped it out on Saturday from the parking lot).
I'm actually starting to believe Al Gore's concern over global warming...
Kirkwood sounded like a better bet with more runs to choose from, though.