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3 years of your life is a lot to waste. Chances are if you leave youre not going to want to go back. Stick it out and keep skiing where you are. Then you can get a great job and support yourself in going to whatever mountain you want in whatever gear you want without a whole lot of money issues.
Dude, there's a tonne of advice on here, and much of it is terrible.
First of all, you forgot an option: TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL.
This would be impossible if trying to transfer to the U.S., but you could look into getting it done to a place like U of Calgary or UBC or whatever. If you can't transfer, trust me on this one, FINISH YOUR DAMN DEGREE.
I'm 30 yrs old now, but I moved out West after finishing my degree. The way I see it, you can come out here and do it poor and half-assed when you're 21 and got no street cred or you can come out here when you're done, make some real money, live a great life an be able to afford to ski anywhere at 22. This is a no brainer. The ski life looks glamorous, but it ain't. Living paycheck to paycheck and bumming couches, and not being able to afford a damn beer sucks ass.
I work full-time (40hrs a week), I go to school full time (evening Masters program) and I still find ways to make it out 25+ days a year to places that you've only dreamed of (but will soon hopefully experience). I had plenty of friends take the alternate fork in the road in their late teens/early 20's and they are exactly the same place in life 10 yrs later as they are now....broke, stupid and got no chance of doing something half-useful with their lives.
Skiing is the best feeling in the world, but you can only do it for 8 hrs every other day at the best of times for 6 months a year. Think about the other stuff and how you can extract and maximize value out of your whole life. You're blessed with the ability to ski, but also with a brain. Don't use just one.
And for the record, I still throw down. Yes, I may be the oldest f*cker in the park, but I put most 20 yr-olds to shame in there. Outside of the park, if you're athletic, you don't lose it until you become a couch monkey...simple as that.
What I'm saying is take the path that maximizes your potential and fun for 40 years, not just for 1 year. Short-sightedness is dumb.
That's my piece. And I'm spent.
I have a great friend that works for WestJet. The pay at WJ is shit. $35K a year full-time. He says he does it for the perks of cheap/free flights on WJ. He's an idiot for doing it, and here's why: He can go anywhere and work for $50K a year. Do you know how many flights $15K can fly a year? Domestic: 30 flights. International (where WJ doesn't even fly): 15 flights. So, by working at WJ he gives makes less and can't travel anywhere except where WJ flies.
Think big picture.
Now apply what you've learned above to the ski industry. You can make minimum wage (or just above) doing monkey work so you get a free ski pass to one or more hills OR you can go make more money elsewhere and ski wherever the FUCK you want, and not have to answer to any idiot ski hill boss. Never forget, either way, nobody's paying you to ski.
Drail, I respectfully disagree with your take on life not cuz it's wrong, but only because it's not mine. Skiing takes up 8 hrs a day max. I need something else to do with the other 16 hrs a day. I'm not ashamed to enrich my mind...its the best asset I got. I'm saying the original dude should focus on bettering his skiing, but not JUST focus on that. That's idiotic. LIfe's too short. Get'er'dun on all fronts. If he gets street cred, EVERYTHING in his life (his enjoyment of skiing and work) will triple. It really will.
And for the record, the only people I know that work 4 months of the year and then ski/board all winter and own their own house with no sweat off their backs have Daddy Warbucks sponsoring their asses. That's a dream world. Sorry, but it is. I know plenty of these ski bums....but they're not true ski bums....and frankly, I don't envy people that have been handed everything in their lives. I'm not saying that this is your situation at all, but for a lot of ski bums, well, it is.