Live in Truckee. Its pretty cheap and there are some good deals if you room with someone. Also, passes at Squaw are on sale I think. I bought mine early this year so I got a good price on a gold pass. No blackout dates or any of that bullshit. Also, try the restaurants, but do it fast, cause they usually get job applications out the gazoo during the winter months.
Blue Coyote, Java Sushi, Truckee Pizza, etc. are a few good ones to apply to. Also, if you're good with skis, try applying to Granite Chief.