Originally Posted by stoweguy
What I need is a winning lottery ticket
Ah, yes, the Lotto Retirement Plan! Lottery Winner sounds like a good job title to me, too. Works for sailing, kayaking, and scuba diving as well.
I will say that I have had a lot of fun teaching. Most of the time, I didn't make enough to live on, but some days were extremely lucrative. Some of the most rewarding lessons were the tough ones - families from Iowa or Florida with one person who had skied before and a six-year-old and a twelve-year-old who hadn't, or a big farmer and his heavyset wife. When you go out with someone who isn't sure they even want to be there and give them enough skill to have fun and enjoy their very expensive vacation, it's awesome. When you can teach them to do something easily that they didn't think they could ever do at all, it's a great day.
In addition, some ski schools have an excellent support structure and a great group of people. If I could afford it, I know where I'd be.