Originally Posted by Treewell
RULE # 1....DO NOT work for the mountain...instead buy your own pass and get a night job so you can MAX out the skiing!!!!
That might be true for Steamboat, but not necessarily other places. For example, when I worked at a rental shop my boss used to let me ski 2 hours a day on the clock.
Of course, these days I ski the entire day on the clock, but it takes a few years to figure out how to do that.
The pass is a good point though - look very carefully into pass prices! For example, can you really afford to purchase a season pass for Jackson Hole? Especially if you have to purchase it before you have a job to pay for it. In CO you can get passes for Winter Park, Copper, Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, and A Basin for under $700. (Yeah, yeah, only 10 days at Vail/BC, but that's plenty.)
Oh - I really like the Europe ideas. If you can swing that it sounds like it would be a hell of an adventure.