Hey Knave.............. I was in the same position as you, spent my first season at Stowe 2003/4. For what its worth, dont buy anything in the UK, its generally cheaper in the US, especially clothing.
Get yourself a helmet if you dont have one.
I second the sentiments regarding transport, get a car or make friends with a car owner.
Dont expect to get rich, I came home with approx 7 bucks, although having said that, I have around 1000 bucks in the US, a combination of loyality bonus and tax refund.
Get used to loving kids, your going to be spending alot of your time with them.
All in all, I had a great time in Stowe, no real downsides, cept a very slow January. Make the most of the busy times, that way you'll survive the slack periods.
Dont go drinking every night (I failed miserably on that front)
Enjoy it !!!!!!!!!!!