I managed a shop in Vail CO for a couple years. It was awesome, overall. Definitely a pain when you get a family of 6 from Texas (or worse, a dozen rich Mexicans who don't tip) right before closing and you're dog tired.
But, you have a hilarious time otherwise, drink/smoke at the end of the night when you're tuning, make fun of customers to their faces, hook up with chicks you rent to, and get to ski everyday. Plus I got 50% off or better on everything from Oakley to Armada, and the reps, etc always gave me tons of free shit.
What's not to like? Every job has its drawbacks.
I'd say there's a big difference between working at a Western shop and one on the East coast.