Any bigger resort area is gonna be pretty expensive to live and what not. IMO I'd be looking into smaller mountains that would have smaller crowds and cheaper living. I'm actually kinda looking for a place to bum next year as well and am planning to avoid the bigger resorts.
You should check out Schweitzer, you get the big mountain without the crowds and ridiculous living costs. Biggest problem is probably finding a job...
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