Thanks, would Galloway/Jaffray be about the same distance/time? one accommodation post in Galloway said it was "20 minutes" to the mountain, but at 40km away in the winter I have a tough time believing that. Hosmer doesn't seem to have much, but that would work well. If I was going to work at Castle I'd likely live in Beaver Mines.
Ideally I don't mind paying a little bit more to be closer to the mountain, since I imagine for work/pleasure I'd be on the mountain 6 days a week. My last 3 seasons have been at Big White but the 60km there and 60km back daily really started to wear on me after awhile. I'd rather not be any farther then 30km from the mountain.
Jaffrey is very pretty with a great log pub but much too far especially in winter. Hosmer is an armpit - think trailer park in a bad way. Check out Beaver mines on Google Earth street view. Three blocks on the highway and a speed trap on weekend mornings and that's it. If you did Castle your best bet is to go for the full immersion experience and use staff housing and walk to work.
In terms of who you would be teaching, Castle clientele are not destination skiers - they are local folks having fun with their families and some Calgary skiers down for the day. As far as clientele is concerned, Fernie is somewhere in the middle between Big White and Castle.
Let's talk skiing 'cause the teaching is only a means to that end. I know Big White very well. A nice genteel family oriented destination resort with all the amenities and no challenge to speak of except maybe the Cliff when it's foggy. If you go to Fernie or Castle you can expect to take your freeskiing to a whole new level. Much more 'rough and ready'. Castle can be like Jackson Hole on steroids. Be prepared for and savour that difference.
I'm glad I know the places you are looking at but disappointed I'm being so negative. If I had a better suggestion I'd certainly share it.
Edited by Castle Dave - 10/30/14 at 2:45pm