Early October this season was the bona fide WROD (White Ribbon of Death)...the front side, basically two runs, of man-made.
It was like that at both Loveland and A-Basin when I went over Halloween weekend.
So, if you are looking to get the "full" experience, keep in mind that early season, if there hasn't been a few serious dumps, then it's just locals shussing down man-made, which is a blast for a few hours.
If you are in the area, it's worth it.
If you are strapped for cash and would rather save the $$ to potentially get the "full" experience, then I would save the $$ and come back for a week during a good flurry so you can enjoy the entire mountain of your choice.
As I mentioned, doing a search of the subject/topics I listed earlier will yield trip reports and pix of what the conditions were like at the beginning of this season at A-Basin and Loveland. You can also probably get other pix on Google.
Again, it really depends on the weather. If Summit gets a serious dump in late Oct, followed by more in early Nov then it could be sweet. The WROD was sweet, too, but a lot of that was just getting out on the slope and working out the early season kinks and riding with a few buddies, which is fun, but in a different way than being able to ski the whole mountain.
I would say just start watching the weather (which you can also scope out online).
I think what it really boils down to is this:
1. How badly are you going to want to ski come November (assuming that you won't have skied prior to that)?
2. How much are you willing to pay for that?
I flew up to Portland at the end of July to ride at Mt. Hood. Conditions were sparse, but I had a blast, mostly because I didn't plan any of the trip other than my flight in and out, so I was randomly finding places to stay and skiing a new mountain solo. I spent some coin, but it got me out of the City for a long weekend. I really didn't think too much about how much I spent (until the card bill arrived and by then it was too late to regret it).