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Use your skills and be smart. If you are single and out of college - you should have no problem at all scraping together $1000. Seriously. And yes, I have MORE than enough experience to say this. I graduated with a masters in teaching and was making $37,000 a year, which is well below average. Yet, because I was single and have few expenses it was a lot of money. I don't care where you are and what your "economy" is like, if you have a college degree and you can't make 25,000 then there is no one to blame but yourself. I couldn't find a teaching job this year due to moving. I have found other ways to provide - and I have a wife and a baby on the way. Hard work seems to be something lost in our culture, sadly. If you really have no better drive than to find a $10 an hour job, work 60 hours a week for a couple of months to save up. But lamenting on the internet when you coudl be out earning money is a little bit lame. I agree, it isn't easy. I am not saying that it is. But perhaps this could be a time to change your viewpoint and see it as an opportunity that forces you do either do something you like or work hard at something you don't to get what you desire.
I would like to say that let's not forget that skiing is an enormous privilege. If you never get to ski another day in your life it will have been better than 99.9% of people who have come before you in terms of your quality of life. Thankfulness makes your perspective different.