This looks like quite a crazy thread, but I don't have the time to go back and read it all since I'm in the middle of packing (for a week of skiing, of course).
At any rate, here's my take on this apparently never ending and totally meaninless and ridiculous subject. I apologize if I am adding nothing new to the thread.
I think everyone's opinion on the matter is determined by one's point of view, and everyone's point of view is determined by where one happens to live and the contingencies determined by how they live. I live in the east and make one trip a year with my wife out west. I get in anywhere from around 30-40 days a year here in the northeast. It's easy for us to jump in the car and go wherever the snow (hopefully) is; whether it is northern Vermont, southern Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, the Adirondacks or the Catskills (now I guess I should add West Virginia and Pennsylvania!). We are lucky enough to have friends and family who put us up in most places, and this makes the mechanics of our skiing life here very easy, not to mention much less expensive.
Our trips west, on the other hand, take a lot of money and involve a lot of aggravation. Getting to an airport, security, getting hit with extra charges for a ski bag weighing 52lbs., fighting for the overhead, renting a vehicle etc. Also our western trips are planned in advance and, like this year we ended up skiing A-Basin with only about 10% of the terrain open; not very good conditions at Breckenridge either. The skiing in Northern Vermont happened to be fantastic just then.
Now, even though I would never say that a day on the hill for me could ever "suck"- no matter what the conditions, or how insignificant the hill, I have to say a lot of people would use the word "suck to describe the things I mentioned above. Oh, I forgot to mention lugging the skis around when traveling (which as I'm an east coaster are usually not quite the best for use out west)- this "sucks" too; not to mention trying to find a decent powder ski if one is lucky enough to need one! Now with that said, I absolutely loved A-Basin, and the seven foot dump I happened to encounter at Kirkwood last year was an absolutely incredible piece of luck- I was lucky enough to find a great ski to use too!
So in conclusion: For me a lot of things about skiing out west sucks. Here in the east- never!
I'm well aware, however, this conclusion only follows because of where and how I live my life, and I'm certain if things were different, If I lived, say, in Colorado or Utah, I would have come to a very opposite one.
So every one, get out there and have a ski day that does not "suck"!