|maybe there is something wrong w/ the ski business model. people will pay to get on the slopes in november with only a couple of trails running but won;t with 100% coverage just because the temps are higher than above freezing.
There's definitely a problem with THAT. I don't usually ski till after New Year. But just look at the chatter on THIS board, you know people are impatient to get started in Thanksgiving, snow or dirt!
How can we fault the general public?
For the resort, lack of work force is definitely an issue. You can actually see it when you ski late season. Some works were not being done because there's no one there to do it. The kids from S. America had to go home because their visa expired. Not that different if you do summer sport. You'll noticed that in September, all the college kids are gone and you can't even order a bear without waiting for an hour!
Frankly, this is a pretty good season for me. So much so I'm ready to move on to my summer hobbies. It's not "marginal" to cycle on the road that's been dry since end of March...
(there lies the "other" cause: the rest of the continent is getting warmer earlier each year. so it's only normal people are busy doing spring/summer stuff in April. Had it been all mud at New York and Boston like in some years past, the resort would have had a lot more skier business...)