Wasn’t 1988/89 a very late start?
I remember getting a great deal on a new pair if skis in late January because there had been little or no skiing at that point and therefore no demand for equipment.
I believe 1988/89 was one of the worst seasons ever. I was only a child at the time, but I remember it being on the national TV news.
1989/90 reached the point were most thought we'd not ski at all, then 1991/92 was arguably the worst to date in mechanised skiing with the Coire Cas Tow scoring just 6 days of operation. Three seasons out of four that were bad or very late starting, lead to all the doom mongering that Scottish Skiing would not see out the 1990s.
The 89/90 season got underway with ONE THIRD of the Cas T-bar in use from the top of the Gunbarrel on the Saturday after Valentines day IIRC re the date.
Interesting point - I believe the earliest ever season finish at Glencoe came before the latest ever season start, but there's never been a season where tows didn't spin.