Part of getting better is learning what you can do in various conditions and to adjust your riding and expectations accordingly. And learning how to recognize those conditions while you're on the chairlift by watching other riders and looking at the snow. I was at Snow Summit last Tuesday it's crappy out there for sure. It's why most people are in the park. When it is hard packed I either go in the park or to the bar.
No comments on the riding as it looks good to me. As a fellow Socal resident I will comment on how DEPRESSING it is to see those BROWN mountains.
Mammoth is due to get some snow, if you can make it up there you should.