If anayone is interested, this is how I got my balance. In Europe skiing is much more permanent, eg the lifties are the same ones I've seen since 1997, in nearly all the resorts I regularly ski, it's not so temporary like it is in NZ or the States. What does this mean? It means they pay a better salary. I live in the Swiss Alps in a very international town. I run a medical center at a boarding school. This way I get to ski every weekend (the oldest boy started skiing at the end of last winter). The school also finishes at 1130hrs on tues/thurs for skiing. These are my busiest days as the number of kids I see in the health center quadruples as kids try to get out of skiing. That is right, it quadruples. The rich russians, Kazaks, Arabs and other weathly, spoiled, unpleasant princes/princesses will do anything to get out of skiing. The kids that love to ski are the american, australian, kiwi, canadian and british kids. These kids often are not as rich, or their parents have done something right and made sure their kids are used to doing physical things. I regularly see kids take taxi's from one buildilng to another classroom, which is about 400meters away.
Oops, I really digressed didn't I. Sorry guys.
Anyway, I do get to ski, and I do enjoy skiing for myself and now my oldest son. It's nice not to be stuck in a beginner bowl on a powder day. I do teach occasionally, but usually friends or an occasion private lesson.