yeah I get many many more free days than icansee. I had about 50 this year not to mention that I was getting a solid 3 hours of ski time on my work days at snowbird. And would ski bell to bell in Pa 13 hours a day of skiing and teaching.
If you want to be the best(or like me aspire to be the best but not quite there) you think, you breath it, you never complain about conditions, you ski no matter what and enjoy doing it. You blow off other people especially if they dont ski. Above all skiing becomes not just a hobby but your life.
but after all of those days(and more importantly hours) ski boots being on in the summer loses its charm.