Originally Posted by pat
Break out the checkbook, Pop. Princess needs the proper stuff.
News flash: Princesses do not run the world except in Disney movies.
Nice you can guilt trip a guy trying to be fiscally responsible, without much bothering to even read his post carefully. For those of you in the industry, retired or otherwise, the rest of us can have other financial demands on us besides getting new gear at near wholesale constantly. You know, like food, shelter, educational costs, medical care, clothing other than for skiing. None of these could possibly be as central to existence as skiing, of course, but state agencies get irritated when our kids start acting like they're homeless.
He should be applauded for being concerned about taking care of three teens, not just one, and realizing that she's doing this as a lark, not to become an alternative to the U.S. Team.
OP: Go on fleabay. You will find decent condition used SL's in 155 for well under $300. She doesn't need this year's models, she doesn't need pristine, she just needs some WC sticks to be on with her friends. If she gets into it, you can worry about new skis, in two flavors, next season or the one after that. You're in charge, not her, and no, she's not so socially fragile at this moment that you'll damage her psychologically for life if she doesn't get the coolest gear.
You might if you cater to her at the expense of the rest of the family, however.