To the owners of a place like Hunter, the fact that it snowed 3 inches, or 6 inches, or whatever it was, is important.
To someone buying a lift ticket, or driving from NYC, it's important that AFTER IT SNOWED IT RAINED!
The rain froze into a breakable crust. Machines were used to break it up, producing a surface of ice chunks, varying in size from gravel, to marbles and golf balls up to baseball sized.
It was possible for everyone to ski on that surface. I skied fast, and suffered a lot of pain from the pounding my legs took. People using the PSIA snowplow method had a lot of trouble turning, but were able to go slow.
A lot of lower intermediates and and beginners fell, frequently, but weren't hurt, because they were moving slowly (same thing with snowboards). I saw a lot of falls and but no injuries.
Hunter started making snow at noon; by the weekend all the crud, the ankle breaking ruts and bear traps and jagged blocks of ice should be covered, and conditions should be good.
If I lived 2 miles from the mountain I wouldn't bother going on Friday, 1/30.
This was a day when the best skiing was in the cat tracks.