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Throwback Thursday: Skiing taught me .... the concept of inflation

post #1 of 11
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One of my earliest memories of money is of the ever increasing price of lift tickets. When I was little, a day lift ticket was $17. The next year it was $19, and soon $21 and $23. My next memory was $29, and then around $35 I found other interests and stopped skiing. Today they are $69.

I was little at the time - probably 7 or 8 or 9, and it taught me how prices of good increase each year.

What non-skiing things did you learn from skiing, especially if you skied when you were little?
post #2 of 11

I learned comparing the cost of something to the value of it is a fools game

 

replace horse with skiing in the following quotes for my personal thoughts

 

"Moments spent on the back of a horse are ne'er counted against the hours of a man's life...."

 

"No hour of life is lost that is spent riding a horse."

Winston Churchill

post #3 of 11

winter driving. :eek

post #4 of 11

Taking turns

 

(lift mazes, not line poaching. But I guess I learned about that, too)

post #5 of 11
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winter driving. :eek

 

Definitely, and I think kids who have skied have a leg up when learning all driving. Dealing with weather conditions, unexpected actions from others, appropriate speeds, just being aware of what's going on around you while you are also maneuvering your own bad self. I didn't think about it when I was learning to drive, but both of my kids have now learned, and we draw on a lot of similarities between the two.

post #6 of 11

I liked the days of 19.95 hotel rooms where the "left the light on" and 4-6 skiers split the bill. :)

post #7 of 11

Well, since the OP started off with an economic concept, skiing taught me the value of competition when Vail was allowed to buy all of theirs.

 

Skiing taught me how to have elevator conversations on a ten minute elevator.

post #8 of 11
Skiing taught me the value of an activity where if you aren't concentrating on what's in front of you right now you die. Problems at work? Go skiing or mountain climbing or something equivalent. Puts things in perspective and stops you from picking at them.
post #9 of 11

Skiing taught me that it does matter what clothes you wear, and how you wear them. :D

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Skiing taught me that it does matter what clothes you wear, and how you wear them. :D

 

...and that if a person cares that your gear has duct tape on it, that person is not somebody you want to actually ski with.

post #11 of 11

I've been thinking about this thread for awhile now.  Read it when it was fresh and thought I must have something fun to contribute but a bit of wracking bore no fruit.

 

The obvious track was in the socialization area as this is not usually an easy thing for me but when I'm skiing and hanging with skiers, socializing comes pretty easily most of the time.  However, I don't think I learned anything from skiing, I think skiers are just real cool peeps that are easy to get along with.

 

So I wracked and wracked some more and then it came to me.  On the very first day (night) I ever went skiing I must have done twenty laps on the bunny hill with five or six fellow seventh grade never evers.  Looking back on that night I realize that this was the first time that I learned that when females are immersed in joy but feel just a bit out of control they scream the most beautiful screams =)


Edited by bumpfreaq - 10/16/13 at 5:25pm
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