Not full of shit. Most of the major resorts did not accept H2B visa's this year at all. Some of them hired, but there had to be a damn good reason for it.
J1 visa's are entirely different. Easiest way to do this is being a student and going through a travel program. He is not a student yet, so that's not an option. He can still qualify, BUT NEW regulation says you must have a job offer before you can apply for a J1 visa. So, this can still happen, but in order for this to happen, you typically have to attend a job fair. Many ski resorts have these in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, and so forth. I have never heard of one occurring in Norway though. There may be one there, but he will have to call a MASSIVE amount of resorts to locate one. Unless there is a website out there that has them listed, but as far as I know, this does not exist yet. Another problem with J1 visa's though, is that they are usually for a shorter period of time... 3 months or so. It's hard to get sponsored in a program that will allow you to stay the entire ski season so a lot of resorts have issues even getting J1 visas at this point.
This has all changed in the last year and a half. It has been getting more and more difficult since 2008. 11/12 was the worst season since they most resorts didn't know until late fall if they would be able to have h2b applicants or not.
h2b would have been what he had wanted. That would be for a seasonal non agriculture job that is strictly seasonal and non immigration related. Now he needs to try for a J1 which is NOT easy unless he is able to go to a recruiting event for a mountain.
His best bet is to start a university program in Norway and apply for a student work visa (J1). Or to apply for a university in europe and do an exchange program in the US near a ski resort.