Hey Rusty, I am new to the Cali market, but one guy breaking the pay paradigm is Chris Lobosco in Dodge Ridge. Medium sized out of SF, San Jose, decent rep. He is paying a base rate, $12 to lev I, $18.50 to Lev II, plus comish. Very aggressive recruitment, I'd say!
Look for a matrix system, like Mammoth, Tride etc. Vails is similar, tho too complex. A dynamic rotation system on points is critical too.
Realtor.com is a good place to start as well.
I think posing time is over in the labor market, and the enlightened schools know it! I predict over the next 5 years, pary rates will adjust up...simple supply and demand. Ski Schools are enigmatic, and exist as a petrie dish of free enterprise in an industry of attrition and clock punchers.
Housing is funny, no matter how much land a resort has, they first eat up beginner terrain with condos, and never invest in company housing until it is too late...except Intrawest.
In Angel Fire, after the S&L crunch, about 12 instructors etc. got in on low cost RTC repo's. I know one, who without a pot to piss in, got a 2 bed, 2 bath w/garage, a 5 minute walk from the yard (17.5k)!!!
Just wait for the next eniviatble, real estate over build!!! This economy will eventually tank.