yea, i figured with all your education going into planting would feel like a digression. but - it gives you full freedom to ski in the winter while making enough coin to pay off debt as well. the only think that could fuck you over is: say you plant for two or three years and ski the winter away. when you've got your skiing fix and want to go back to the "real world", would your education still be valid, or would the couple years off make you behind the times and have to go back to school to renew your... whatever it is you have.
as far as companies: green peaks is a good kootenay company that pays well (they're planning on getting into costal work as well I heard).
zanzibar has good prices, but i hear they are very very anal about quality - and their revelstoke contract is supposed to be good.
brinkman is the largest and probably the easiest to get on with. i've been working with brinkman over the past couple years and they're the best i've been with so far. their pay isn't as high as the other guys (and that is why i am switching companies this upcoming year) but they are reliable. you get paid regularly - at the price you were quoted - without any unnecessary stress... which means a lot in this industry.
other then that you got summit, folklore, spectrum, e.l.f., and many many others, but i just don't know very much about those companies.
D-Rail Compton Ass Esq. The 3rd