I was talking to a St Louis (staff/patrol/ambassador)? I don't know, he was wearing the blue and yelllow coat. So I was on the lift with him last year and he says to me
"It's a shame, we have like 4 feet of base across the hill, but we're closing. It's only season pass holders who show up and old people who pack a damn lunch so we can't afford to stay open"
There you have it, first hand, the cold hard truth!
You gotta look at it from the hill's perspective. They're not going to stay open unless they're making money, or at least breaking even.