Originally Posted by Tog
It is likely the mountains barely break even on deals they give on these trips. I know stuff that Killington does for the British invasion has them barely in the black and sometimes in the red. The idea that college kids are dropping huge amounts of cash at a mt is a bit of a stretch.
College kids are just like any other group. Some have money, some don't. Sure soe college kids are cheap cheap cheap, but so are many families that go on trips as well.
In general kids that are in college and have the means to go on a cros s country ski trip for a week aren't generally broke as a joke college kids. These are kids with some parental funding, if not a LOT of parental funding.
The brokest college kids don't go on these types of trips in the first place.
I remember when my friends in college did ski trips or trips to mexico. It was always those who had family money or good jobs while in school who did the trips. My buddies who were broke would never have spend that type of money on a trip for christmas break or spring break.
I think you're forgetting that many college kids have very wealthy parents.