youll probably get 3 full days off every week if you do the college program, which is what most mountain ops employees get
jobs working for the resort/mountain generally dont give you as much pure ski time, but they look better and give better references in the long run if youre trying to make a career of the ski life
night jobs give you more ski time than day jobs, but you'll be mortally exhausted if you take a night job from having to work all night after you ski, so you might end up taking more ski time off. if you work a day job for the mountain, you'll have loads of energy whenever you get free ski time, plus it wont cut into your party schedule cause you wont have to work at night
jobs working for vail pay less than working for, say, a bar...but vail gives you a free ski pass and discount housing and lots of other discount deals, so it tends to even out in the end
the following jobs suck:
ski instructor - you have to babysit idiots until youre a 5 year veteran and have a client lists...new people dont get consistent hours/pay, youll probably have to take a second job
ticket scanner - unless youre a supervisor, you have no choice but to stand around all day getting chewed out by asshole guests and listening to your co-workers talk, which doesnt sound so bad until you consider the other scanners are usually blazed high schoolers or retired part-time geriatrics
liftie - see above, then add having to load idiots and getting yelled at when they make mistakes that are far beyond your control. you also have to shovel 2 tons of snow a day (not an exaggeration) and youre often posted far from food and have to stand outdoors without any source of warmth during driving snow storms in -5 degree weather for 12 hours at a time.
there are no girls, so bang tourists whenever possible
BUT, living in Vail is still super super sweet, and i cant wait for next season to start
"Just ahead, over the rolling wheatfields all golden beneath the distant snows of Estes, I'd be seeing old Denver at last. I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and in their eyes I would be strange and ragged like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only Word I had was 'Wow!'"