spending less on lodging and gear and expensive food = more $$$ for lift tickets.
i bet i could ski for a week (at least a weekend) on what you spent on your full-face!
honestly, i find not paying attention to what i spend per year on skiing is the sagest advice.
i sacrifice something (gave up partying for the most part, gave up a $$-draining comic book habit, became a solid cook, etc) so that i can ski as much as possible without worrying about it draining my bank account.
my friends are always amazed that i can squeeze out 40 days a year (which really isn't that much considering some folks here have already logged in 20 days and it's only November). but these are the same friends that go out to eat every night, go on Th/F/S night drinking binges that include cab fare and covers (so they are spending at least $100 a night on partying, probably more). you stay in for 3 nights and that's $300 right there...plenty enough to go skiing for 3 days.
anyway, perhaps this is just me, but i wouldn't go around "bragging" about how much i spend a year on the sport. if you love it and you've got the money, do it and stay mum about the cost.
there are plenty of ways to keep costs down (cheaper lodging, cheaper--though not less good--gear, cheaper food--bringing your own to the hill is often worth 1/2 a lift ticket right there--etc)
if it's too much of a drain, then take up underwater basketweaving. though i hear that can be expensive what with the SCUBA gear needed and all...
anyway, i got off on a tangent there (not surprisingly).
i honestly don't know how much i spend. i don't keep track as i've found it's better not to.
i prefer to look at the joy and benefits skiing affords me. it's the one activity i participate in that completely empties my mind of all work obligations, life obligations, and just lets me roll around in my own personalized zone...you can't really put a price on that.