Not finishing high school is beyond stupid... WAY beyond stupid. If you work hard enough, maybe you could make it to "fry guy" at McD's some day, huh?
If you pick the right college and class schedule, you don't need to take time off to ski. My college (a fully accredited 4 year University) had a "mini-mester" stuck in between Fall and Spring semesters, so I had 6 weeks off, from about Dec 20, until the first week of Feb. Then, I took lots of M-W and Tu-Th classes during the spring semester, as well as an evening class or two, so I didn't have any classes on fridays. Every winter I'd share an apartment with a bunch of other instructors at the mountain (about an hour away from school), and I'd go up Thursday night or Friday morning, and come back late monday night. I'd ski 6 days a week during the break, then Fridays through Sundays for the rest of the season.
Then, after college, a few of us got together and headed west. That was the way to do it. Sometimes I'm glad I came home, sometimes I'm not. But at least I have the education to have the option.