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Anyone ever give up a year of skiing to pay for something else?

post #1 of 22
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The last couple of years, my husband and I have gone on about 5 ski trips a year.  We live in Arizona so these are destination trips usuallly involving airfare, etc.  We really need some new tile and carpet in our house (We've needed it for about 15 years now). So this year he said, "You know, if we don't ski this year, we would have the money to replace the tile and carpet."  So...we went on one trip to Lake Tahoe in January and that was IT!  It's just killing me!  I keep saying, "Just wait until next year."  Has anyone else ever done something similar?

post #2 of 22

I haven't. And with the ravenous ski crowd we have here there probably aren't many.

 

That's what home equity loans are for. smile.gif

post #3 of 22
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I haven't. And with the ravenous ski crowd we have here there probably aren't many.

 

That's what home equity loans are for. smile.gif


What's home equity?
 

 

post #4 of 22
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What's home equity?
 

 


It's a retro concept, from 2006 and before.  

 

If you get home equity instead of giving up skiing, you shouldn't be on anything newer than Metrons.

 

post #5 of 22

I gave up skiing one winter for a big cast on my leg 

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post #6 of 22

It's funny I would give up pretty much everything else to ski.

post #7 of 22
I have not skied for 2 years. The old lady is doing field research in Central America and Mexico. I've found other outlets for my energy, surfing. I'm doing OK, but its day by day.
post #8 of 22
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It's funny I would give up pretty much everything else to ski.



Then you should probably give up living in the midwest wink.gif (I'm talking to myself)

post #9 of 22

There are two kinds of people here, "skiers" and "people who ski."  Either kind could make the sacrifice you are talking about, possibly for love or a career move, but a "skier" would always resent it because they would be losing something that is part of who they are.

post #10 of 22

I'm thinking about giving up beer to pay for next year's cat skiing trip.

post #11 of 22

I don't ski anywere near as much as I use to , and that being sauid I feel most of the time like Ive already ginen up too much.

Ive been pushed to my limit and am already trying to figgure out how to get more snow time in next year . ( Think I have it worked out)

post #12 of 22

Well you could just ski at the Arizona Snow Bowl in Flagstaff.

I guess if they have snow. Did they get their snowmaking?

Then, is Taos really all that far?

And Salt Lake, how far a drive is that?

hmm....see we're just trying to work it out.

TramDock for ski vacations? does that exist?

post #13 of 22

We gave up our annual 4 week trip to Colorado this year for our kids to ski race. 2 boys= 2x: POC helmets, pads, GS Suits, race boots, GS and SL skis, race fees, multiple trips to the hill each week for training and racing... it really hurts because while we had a good snow year here, we just don't have good vertical in Minnesota.

Worse, it looks like we'll be sacrificing again next year....

post #14 of 22
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Yes, Mudfoot, I AM resenting it right now!  I've been skiing since I was 5 years old, and I tell people it is my "passion."  I didn't want to take out a home equity loan because, in the present economy, I don't think that is financially smart.  I am giving up this ONE year, but LOOK OUT NEXT YEAR!  If my husband doesn't want to go...I'll go without him!  I have in the past!

 

Tog - We skied at Snowbowl once but they don't usually have good snow.  Sunrise is closer to us.  Skipped that this year.  Taos is about an 8 hour drive for us - they too usually have questionable snow.  We have driven to Wolf Creek and Durango before - around 9-10 hours - depends on if my husband is "flying low" or not.  We would have to fly to Salt Lake City and we usually do - have been there numerous times because the air fare is reasonable.

 

FrugalSkier - I guess everything's a trade-off!  We give up one thing to get another.  I would do the same thing for my kids.  Skiing is an expensive sport, so we all (most of us) try to save money wherever we can in order to go on another trip. I remember when my sister and I were little, my Mom would bring hot dogs in hot water inside a thermos and we would go out to the car and have our hot dogs for lunch.  My Mom also MADE (that's sewed) most of our ski clothes, knit our sweaters and hats, and we went to the "sports exchange" every year to get "new" boots and skis. 

 

I guess whatever sacrifices we make to enjoy the sport are worth it!

post #15 of 22

no, i've tried tho

post #16 of 22

eight years ago, i was looking for another off-season sport to keep me active, in shape and not thinking about skiing so much.  tennis and running wasn't cutting it.  i bought a dirtbike.  i made the minimal investment i could, but that didn't last long; within two years, i was racing and when ski season came around, found i was pushing myself less in fear of injury and spent the minimal on gear and trips.  while i still love motocross, i sold my bike on my 37th birthday and am not looking back.  motocross ins't a lifetime sport like skiing.  while i'm happy i got the chance to do it, i'm happier that i got out relatively unscathed. 

 

i guess this ties in to the OP because a year of not skiing is a small sacrifice in comparison to never being able to do it again, and having new flooring can be enjoyed everyday.  sounds like a tradeoff i'd make for myself. 

post #17 of 22

I apologize if this is too nosey, but may I ask what line of work you and your husband are in that allows you the time and money to go on 5 ski trips per year?

 

I'm a computer programmer.  I think I do pretty well, especially for someone only in his mid-thirties, but one ski trip OR one scuba trip per year is as much as I can manage.  Not counting day trips to a tiny hill/puddle within 3 hours or so.

post #18 of 22
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I apologize if this is too nosey, but may I ask what line of work you and your husband are in that allows you the time and money to go on 5 ski trips per year?

 

I'm a computer programmer.  I think I do pretty well, especially for someone only in his mid-thirties, but one ski trip OR one scuba trip per year is as much as I can manage.  Not counting day trips to a tiny hill/puddle within 3 hours or so.

 

Chase - is that a matter of time or money? If you're single or have no kids and don't live in an area with a CoL well above average, then is it really the money?

 

SkiFox - Hopefully being less nosy - would I be in the ballpark of guessing it was a matter of about 15k per year that you instead spent on home improvement?

post #19 of 22

Screw it - just go skiing anyway !

 

Figure that you can live a year longer to pay for the skiing, or die a year younger so you'll have less expenses.

post #20 of 22

Skiing on the cheap is WAY better than not skiing at all.

post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 

AsChick - That's a little high...it's probably more like $10,000 - at least I'm hoping that's enough for the carpet and tile.  We go on a few trips a year that require an airline ticket - Jackson Hole, Salt Lake, sometimes BC.  Those trips usually cost $1,000+ for each of us.  Then if we drive to Wolf Creek or Durango we usually spend lots of money on gas. 

 

Chase - I have two jobs so I try to save all the money from my second job (teaching at a private college part-time) for ski trips.  My husband is a plumber by trade, but he works for a General Contractor so he does it all - in fact, he will be doing the remodeling work.  We don't drive brand new cars and have lived in the same house for 26 years.  Kids are all grown up. 

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by SkiFox View Post

The last couple of years, my husband and I have gone on about 5 ski trips a year.  We live in Arizona so these are destination trips usuallly involving airfare, etc.  We really need some new tile and carpet in our house (We've needed it for about 15 years now). So this year he said, "You know, if we don't ski this year, we would have the money to replace the tile and carpet."  So...we went on one trip to Lake Tahoe in January and that was IT!  It's just killing me!  I keep saying, "Just wait until next year."  Has anyone else ever done something similar?


That's just crazy talk.  You don't need tile or carpet, let alone new tile and new carpet.  You don't even need a house, although I admit it is nice to have.  You need to ski.

 

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