Banff, AB. And here's why.
- 4 mountains within bus distance (Lake Louise, Sunshine, Norquay, Nakiska)
- 7 month season (Nakiska opened Oct 31st or so, Sunshine is open until May 24)
- girls: Not sure on the ratio's but there are a lot of aussie and kiwi girls working at the resorts and they're certainly not bad on the eyes. Banff itself is a tourist town so the bars will have more than just ski bunnies in it
- taxes: Alberta has the lowest taxes in canada due to our oil money. Might as well enjoy it while it's here.
- gas prices: Again, due to oil money our gas prices are some $0.20 a litre cheaper than BC
- pushing your riding: these are the Canadian Rockies. They don't call them rocky mountains because they're nice and flat. There is anything and everything as far as terrain here. Cliffs, chutes, bowls, groomers, glades, rocks, terrain park (Lake Louise is decent). If this place doesn't push your riding, nowhere will, and if you get bored with these resorts, there are another 5 or so within weekend distance, including the highest vertical drop in North America (Revelstoke), arguably the best off-piste bowl/tree boarding (Fernie), plus other great resorts (Kicking Horse, Panorama, Kimberley, Castle Mountain, Marmot Basin).
I don't know what it's like to live/work in banff. I imagine lots of people want to do it so it's probably fairly expensive. Best thing might be to take a trip to see the town and talk to the locals working in the pubs, on the hills, etc. I really like the vibe of the area, it truly is a 4 season place to play and lots of people do lots of things here. I think it'd make for an unforgettable year and you'd probably want to stay longer...