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To me, the problem is not the mountain. Being early season is always a gamble. Most of us make sure we get a bargain booking that time of year. But there's no mandate the mountain should automatically offer a reduced rate when the mountain if less than 100% open. (maybe they should in theory but the pratice is not)
So it's up to the customer to negociate the best price, which is usually at a deep discount. Given vacancy is usually aplenty, if one mountain doesn't offer it, just go somewhere else. Only those who insist on a particular mountain and lodging gets stiffed.
I usually don't ski before X'mas. But the few times I did, I make sure I got disounts at the tune of 50%! At that rate, I have low expectation. So rarely disappointed enough to complain. ;-)
agreed with above, it's really gambling with bet hedging. if your looking to get early runs in to hone up and know the resort, what's typical for snow, what's reasonable for price ... then your ahead. If you're picking a mountain at random, have little knowledge of whats traditional and not knowing what a near term prediction for weather is .... it's quite risky and personally i feel one takes it onto themselves not to complain, but if you have a sympathetic ear willing to refund you money, all to ya.
i just finished a early gamble and it paid off from my perspective, but considered too is what my expectations were. I ski primarily groomers and wanted to simply get out early with hopes of moving up the practice time prior to better resort conditions. Got a great price, no crowds and decent snow the 2nd and 3rd days out, the first day while a bit more 'midwest' was still good for a first day out. I had a good feel for what the resort had open historically as well as nearer term weather predictions. Also had a back up plan and overall, if it didn't pan out for decent skiing, planned a simple vacation to explore the town, hang with friends and just have fun.
so, from your posts, an area would aid in a guess and as far as accommodations, mine being very front of season ran downwards of 30 to 50% of the typical for that time frame for book pricing with no reductions in service. Lifts were discounted and while i likely could of found even better pricing or packages, went with an agency that if things turned south, likely would of offered me an option to shift dates at no or little cost. But everything varies significantly on where you may wish to go, it depends on the economics of the resort and their current fill rates, etc.
Overall, if they value your business and you really feel you were shortchanged, simply tell em. Resorts value ones business as do agencies, as long as they feel your not simply trying to weasel money with no valid reason, they'll likely be accommodating.
wish ya luck and a great time!