Our other stuff is shifting ski budgets to value places overseas (eg $650 return air Melbourne to japan). Then, when it dumps, the hordes arrive at our hills and pay big for the day, brown bag it, go home, and strain roads and mass transit systems. All it takes is a few crap seasons + price rises + learning on the net to ski for better value somewhere else + crap traffic lines + crap mass transit. (I hope KSL and Tahoe don't get, like we have, early snows + heat waves + fires + unreliable seasons). Then as people give up paying for lifts/lessons/hire etc the local economy suffers, and politicians wonder wtf went wrong.
Pardon me if I missed it in a response, but how is this chart for travel trends of 14+ Australians relevant to us in the US of A and where we ski?