Were you being funny? I hope so. People seem to misunderstand what teaching skiing is about:
Ski instructors don't get to free ski. The bulk of lessons are beginners or low intermediates - you're spending your days on the bunny hills unless you're a level 4. And even if you are a level 4, you're still mostly teaching upper intermediates.
It's expensive and time consuming to become a ski instructor. I've spent several thousand already in certification and mandatory membership fees, and many thousand more in lessons, lift tickets, transportation etc just to learn how to ski well enough to instruct. It also took me several years of skiing to achieve my level 2. If I pass my 3 this year, it'll probably take another 10 years to get my level 4 (if I bother).
Instructing is challenging. Not only do you need to be able to assess a skier within a few turns and identify a development plan immediately--you also have to motivate, energize, teach all the background info to make your development plan work, pick out terrain or work with the terrain you have, manage classes of all ages and sizes...
Instructors are still beholden to the trappings of any work environment. Actually, I'd say the standards are higher - you can't be late for ski school. You have to be well groomed.
I left ski teaching after a year because I make five times as much in a comparably challenging job (project management for corporate learning initiatives). I love teaching friends to ski, and hopefully someday I'll get my level 4 and will be able to run my own private ski school. But the pay really is terrible when working for a ski school, and the general public's perception that ski instruction (or any sport instruction) isn't a real job doesn't help things.
Also, I'm appalled that the instructor has been banned from skiing at any aspen area ski resorts--all because he did something the resort didn't like. I would understand a "mom and pa" shop not wanting him on the premises, but barring him from visiting ANY of the hills in the area because he publically disagrees with you? That strikes me as collusion to silence dissent.
No, I wasn't trying to be funny. You know going in what the pay is and you either take the job or look elsewhere.
In life, if you're going to bitch about something then be prepared to do something about it...or just grin and bear it.
You can say what you want, but sliding on snow is not a real job. The term is ski bum, for better or worse.