Originally Posted by ssh
I don't know why it continues to surprise me when people justify dishonesty and theft, but it does. It disappoints me, too. But, it really only reflects on those who do or condone such activities.
Agreed. Even in larger ski areas, it still counts. Sure, resort skiing is expensive, but running a resort is more expensive. Wages, lifts, groomers, facilities, seasonal-only income; all of these are very expenses that need to be considered and covered for a resort to continue to operate (and I really want my hill to keep operating!).
My season pass costs me $1200, and I skied 25 days last year. A day's skiing is $100, so I rationalise it as I skied 13 days 'free'. Where I'm from, I'm pretty sure people with season passes are the minority, not the majority, and the resort relies on week-to-week income generate by 'tourists' buying by-the-day tickets to cover their operating expenses.
Don't get me wrong: the hill I ski at is owned by a massive corporation, and I know they're not the poor little guy--or anything remotely close--but all of the costs of running a place like this stack up, and I don't want to contribute to the board of said massive corporation deciding the operation of the resort is no longer financially viable (as extremely unlikely though that may be). The people who work at the resort, and the town I love that manages to survive based on the presence of the resort need those dollars...
Also, I don't know about you guys, but I know people who'll go out and blow $100+ in drinks alone in one night. I know how I'd rather spend my money :D :D :D