If I was coming to colorado for a year or so to ski bum I def wouldn't do it in the vail valley, no offense to the rest of the peeps in this thread.
I'd recomend if you want to work on the mtn. to get a job somewhere like Aspen and live down valley= easy commute. or get employee houseing=practicly on the hill. Aspen would provide you with more/better terrain than vail, less crowds, decent town scene.
hope this gives you something to think aobut.